AND REMEMBER YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST—McKay of ABC telling his Winter Olympics audience that downhiller Franz Klammer's gold-medal run would be repeated on tape the following evening: "It's something which should not go unnoticed a second time."
BET YOU CAN'T—Name the sport and the winners of any two of the following events that appeared on television in 1976: Alan King Classic, Louisville Classic, Island Holidays Pro Classic, Volvo Classic, American Classic, Westchester Classic, AMF Pro Classic, ITA Pro Classic. Memphis Classic. Aloha Classic, Duke Kahanamoku Classic.
THE BEST ANNOUNCER—Dick Enberg ( NBC) for his broadcasting of NCAA basketball and the Ali-Dunn fight.
THE MOST IMPROVED ANNOUNCER—Phyllis George ( CBS).
MOST MEMORABLE CAMERA WORK—ABC for keeping its lenses on Americans Edwin Moses and Mike Shine, who finished 1-2 in the 400-meter hurdles at the Montreal Games, as they took their victory lap and looked up at themselves on the huge TV screen inside the Olympic stadium; CBS for its end-zone shot showing Cardinal Terry Joyce's punt being blocked in the Dallas- St. Louis game on Thanksgiving; NBC for utilizing its center-field cameras throughout the World Series to show that the Yankee outfielders could not throw as well as Charlie's Angels.
BEST NEW SERIES—The Olympiad (PBS).
BEST CONTINUING SERIES—The Way It Was (PBS).
AMAZING GRACE AWARD—To Dick Button of ABC for covering all those Lutzes, Salchows and camels-into-flying-sit-spins during the figure skating at Innsbruck with feeling, clarity and poise that put other athletes-turned-announcers to shame in 1976.
You AIN'T COME THAT FAR, BABY AWARD—TO Billie Jean King of ABC for trying to put the World Wristwrestling championships from Petaluma, Calif. into perspective by saying: "It's the World Series, Super Bowl and Wimbledon all rolled into one."
A WEEK ON GILLIGAN'S ISLAND—To anyone who can recall who had the best backhand in the Macdonald Carey-Ben Murphy vs. Jim McKrell-Howard Duff doubles match on Celebrity Tennis.