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Terry Gannon (born in Joliet, Illinois), is a sportscaster for ESPN on ABC and ESPN. Gannon's work includes an extensive variety of sporting events for the network, including college basketball, as well as figure skating, golf, college football, and the WNBA.

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Biography

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College basketball

Gannon began his basketball career at Joliet Catholic High School in Joliet, Illinois (where his father was a coach and where he also played baseball).[1] Gannon played college basketball at North Carolina State University, where he was a member of Jim Valvano's "Cardiac Pack" national championship-winning team in 1983.[2] During his four-year career, (1981-1985), he was a two-time Academic All-American and NC State's all-time leading free throw shooter. In 1983, he was the #1 three-point shooter in the nation.[3] After a short basketball career in Europe, Gannon turned to broadcasting on the advice of his coach "Jimmy V."[2]

Broadcasting career

Early broadcasting

Current broadcasting work

Gannon joined ABC Sports in 1991 as a commentator for college basketball, and has since announced for a wide variety of sporting events for the network. Gannon's main task is hosting ABC's figure skating coverage. In addition, he handles play-by-play for college basketball and college football, a position he's held since 1993. Gannon is an announcer on ABC's coverage of the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. Gannon served as the studio host for ABC Sports' coverage of the 2002 FIFA World Cup and has hosted WTA Professional Tennis.[3]

Gannon has hosted the Tour de France three times, the Indianapolis 500 and Belmont Stakes once, and three times called the play-by-play at the Little League World Series.[4]

On ABC's Wide World of Sports, Gannon has covered downhill skiing, ski jumping, supercross motorcycle racing, beach volleyball, mountain biking, the Special Olympics, the Goodwill Games and the Tournament of Roses Parade.[4]

Currently, Gannon can be seen calling play-by-play for WNBA games on ESPN2 and ABC.

His biggest influences in his career have been Al Michaels and Harry Caray. Like Caray, Gannon strives to be "the ultimate fan. Ultimately, I've tried never to forget that aspect of broadcasting--that the average fan wants to hear the kind of questions asked that they would ask."[4]

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Preceded by
Brent Musburger
Lead Play-by-Play, Little League World Series
1999
Succeeded by
Brent Musburger

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