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AuthorHouse, Dec 11, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 398 pages
With a career spanning 37 years in television broadcasting including 29 years at the ABC Television Network, Dan Rapak gives us a glimpse of what went on behind the scenes to broadcast major events. The stories range from televising The Super Bowl and The Olympics to the accident at Three Mile Island. Learn about the extraordinary efforts to get The 1989 World Series back on the air after the Loma Prieta Earthquake struck San Francisco. Find out what it took to bring home those unforgettable images of Captain John Testrake sitting in his cockpit being interviewed by ABC News while a terrorist waved a pistol behind the Captains head following the hijacking of TWA Flight 847. Here is a rare look at what happened behind the cameras and microphones to bring those events and others into our homes. Read about the obstacles that had to be overcome, the hard work, the triumphs and the sometimes zany antics of the professionals who worked to put those broadcasts on the air and bring those stories and images to America and to the world.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Preface
5
College Studies and The First Paid Job in Television
17
Licensed to Be a Broadcaster
25
Cable Television
31
A Beginning in Broadcast Television
47
Three Mile Island
83
Moving to ABC
109
MiniMobile
211
The New York Marathon
223
TWA Flight 847
245
Hurricane Gloria
267
The XV Winter Olympic Games and The Birth of Phase 2
283
Political News Coverage and a Railroad Crossing Gate
301
The Indianapolis 500
327
The 1989 World Series
355

Early Days at ABC
119
Golf Coverage
141
Cape Kennedy
155
MiniCam
181
Shenanigans
193
Football
363
The End of The Road
375
Glossary
385
Copyright

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About the author (2012)

Dan Rapak is a television broadcast engineer. He is a three time Emmy Award winner and Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer - the highest level of certification available in his field. For twenty years he worked on the road with ABC Field Operations covering major events for ABC Sports and ABC News, plus an additional nine years at ABC’s Broadcast Studios in New York. He is currently retired and makes his residence in Central Pennsylvania.

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