The Aggie stepping in for a legend: Three things you don't know about BobAllen's replacement
For 38 years Houston sports fans have turned on the television to see sportscaster Bob Allen in front of the backdrop of KTRK Channel 13's studios, delivering the latest news.
In less than five months, viewers will no longer be able to do that.
Greg Bailey, sports director at the NBC affiliate in Charlotte, will be replacing the departing Allen. Here are three things you might not know about the guy who is stepping in for a local TV legend:
1.) He has Texas roots
Bailey began his childhood school days in Houston and finished them in Arlington at Lamar High School. Bailey stayed in the state for college, graduating from Texas A&M with a degree in English. His first jobs in the television industry came with KBTX in Bryan and KLBK in Lubbock.
Bailey remains an avid Aggies fan. In his bio for the Charlotte station, Bailey says he spends his free time "rooting for all of Texas A&M's sports teams."
2.) He's an award winner
Bailey comes to Houston with multiple awards in tow. He's a local Emmy winner. He has received two awards from the Associated Press for his sports reporting. The Kansas Association of Broadcasting honored Bailey three times for best sports program during a run in Wichita. He also won an Edward R. Murrow for outstanding achievement in the field of electronic journalism.
3. He knows the NFL
Bailey spent a little over four years at WCNC, where he also hosted a Sunday night Carolina Panthers postgame show. Prior to his stop in Charlotte, Bailey worked in Seattle as a sports anchor and a sideline reporter at Seattle Seahawks games.
Now, what you do know. Bailey has large shoes to fill. Allen has the longest tenure of any sportscaster in the country according to his KTRK bio.
In an emotionally charged on-air annoucement last January, Allen said that he would depart from the station at the end of the 2012, but stressed to his viewers that he would not be retiring.
Allen, who began at the channel in 1974, wants to explore the possibility of teaching at his alma mater, Stephen F. Austin. He also said that he has not ruled out a return to television in a different form. We have not seen the last of him.