roone arledge r.i.p.
Noted broadcaster Roone Arledge has died at the age of 71. Not familiar with the name? Neither was I, but most Americans are probably familiar with his legacy. He launched Monday Night Football--the longest-running prime-time program in TV history--and inaugurated a number of now-commonplace sports broadcasting conventions, including instant replay and slow-motion. Arledge also helped create the news programs 20/20, Nightline and Prime Time Live and ABC's Wide World of Sports and coined its well-known tag line "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat."
The 36-time Emmy winner was cited as one of the 100 most important Americans of the 20th century by Life magazine in 1990.