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ESPN's Anderson anchors 'Wipeout'
New obstacle course show to debut Tuesday

by Mel Bracht Published: June 20, 2008
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Kunitz is a big sports fan, which helps explain why he also considered ESPN's Kenny Mayne and Matt Weinert for the hosting role.

Anderson is joined by "Talk Soup” host John Henson, who provides humorous commentary on the competition, and Jill Wagner, who interviews the contestants.

The new show is helping Anderson build up his frequent-flyer miles. After co-hosting the late night "SportsCenter,” Monday through Thursday from Bristol, Conn., he flies to Los Angeles to handle his "Wipeout” duties, which includes providing a lot of voiceovers.

When ESPN switches to a live "SportsCenter” in mornings this August, Anderson said he expects to shift to the 10 p.m. "SportsCenter.” Eventually, he said, the late night "SportsCenter” will shift to a Los Angeles studio, and he won't be leaving Bristol.

"My Oklahoma wife's not going to Los Angeles,” Anderson said. "It's amazing how someone who can hear a tornado siren and doesn't even blink is afraid the next earthquake's coming the second she moves to California.”

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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