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July 20, 1984 - Image 36

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1984-07-20

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and ten percent negative. You need
acclamation and people recognizing
you. These are the symbols I'm doing
well and most of the time people are
polite. Sure there are times I'm in a
bad mood, when I'd like to go out and
buy my lox and bagels and my hair's
messed up and if I weren't a
sportscaster I wouldn't worry about
it.
But the price you pay for notori-
ety is small in the large picture.
When people ask for an autograph
I'm flattered, and it isn't hard to
think back to when no one wanted my
autograph. As long as you keep it in
the perspective that they're basically
admiring me as a sportscaster, what
it says about me as a person is really
insignificant. I don't really think you
could enjoy fame or success if you
took it too seriously.
Are the media people in Detroit
pretty approachable or do they carry a
god-like attitude off-camera?
I think a lot of people carry a
god-like attitude as a defense. I know
I walk through Tiger Stadium and
people scream my name. ,Now what
should I do? I totally ignorq them. If
someone approaches me nicely and I
can't avoid it, fine. XOU almost have
to become a little bit aloof and reclu-
sive and many times people will get.

"The mobility is a realty of
my business. I've really
been sheltered in that I've
been in the business ten
years and haven't been
fired yet."

the wrong impression but there's
nothing I can do about that. The
people I know at - Channel 4 are as
unaffected by media success, as you
can imagine. I think most of us have
been around long enough to now that
we can be out on the streets tomorrow
and no matter how great and neces-
sary I think I am, if I were to leave,
people would miss me for a few
weeks, but I'd be gone faster than you
can imagine. I think lost people
realize that if you get too carried
away, it's only going to cost you in the
long run._
When you were starting out, what
made you feel you had something
different to offer sportscasting?
Mainly because people told me I
did. People said I was good and they
liked the way I didn't just rattle off
the scores. The feedback I got at first
encouraged me to develop a style. I
didn't get into it by pounding on
• doors, but by being told• "Why don't
you do this for me." I didn't feel I had
to follow a certain arrow path and do
it "the right way." I found success
from the beginning in putting my
thoughts down and having opinions.

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Arm AnWttrrf

Eli Zaret:
"I go out of my way to speak to youth
groups and synagogues . . . I want to go
out of my way to keep this identification

I was a little outrageous and one
sided and it worked.
Sports is not like news. It isn't
life and death and sports fans like
that. It's fun to debate and have opin-
ions and it's always right for debate
because it's really kind of the toy de-
partment, not the serious side of life.
I always wanted to distinguish my-
self and stimulate people, even if I
stated an opinion they disagreed
with if it was done responsibly and
with a little pizzazz. That's what Al
Ackerman found success at, but he
was a little more negative than I
want to be. But love him or hate him,
he was watched more than anyone
and that's the bottom line. I think my
voice has helped. It's unique and a
calling card, especially on radio.
Do you have a good relationship
with Al Ackerman, although many
people see you as a threat to him?
I really don't know what the
forces have been in Al's career or why
the station makes the decisions it
makes. I don't believe that Al has
looked at me as someone who is out to
do him in, because I'm not. In fact I've
gone on record and I'll stay on record
as saying I don't want to do the 11
o'clock news. That's a decision that
was made by the station. I would
rather be home with my family and
he knows that. We have maintained
a good professional relationship and
Al was instrumental in getting me
the job there and I appreciate that.
We come in every day, crack a few
jokes and divide things up and that's
that. There are people, and I won't
mention names, who I've had a har-
der time working with at Channel 4.
Al isn't one of them.
How deep are your roots here?
How badly would you feel if you gOt a
great offer from L.A. tomorrow?
The mobility is a reality of my

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