The Tim McKernan Show

Ep. 95 – Bill Rasmussen

After being fired by the Whalers over Memorial Day weekend 40 years ago, Bill embarked upon a project that turned into sports media behemoth ESPN.  He spoke with Tim in June 2018 to discuss ESPN’s beginnings and his entrepreneurial spirit.   Bill’s experience being let go by both the Whalers and Gordie Howe The cable TV landscape in the late 70’s & RCA launching a satellite Drive from Connecticut to New Jersey when SportsCenter was born The challenge of recruiting cable operators & lining up the investors What life experience did Bill draw upon when founding the network Very unconventional route that Bill took in becoming a sportscaster The process with vetting and hiring the original ESPN talent lineup Bill’s epic meeting with a baseball legend at a charity softball game   Please support our sponsors: The Home Loan Expert, Ryan Kelley James Carlton Agency (State Farm) Johnny Londoff Chevrolet Design Aire Heating & Cooling   Follow us on Social Media: @TimMcKernanShow or   Thanks to Story of the Year for our theme.  Please rate, review, and subscribe so more people discover the pod.  Feedback is welcome:

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