More on TVG’s Christina Olivares to come, but first, a couple extra media notes that didn’t make it into today’s print edition (linked here):
== While nearly 50 percent of the country get Thom Brennaman, Eric Karros and Ken Rosenthal on the Mets-Braves game, Southern California is part of the 28 percent who get Jose Mota with Glenn Kuiper doing the Angels-A’s game on Saturday at 1 p.m. Also of note: Jon Wilhite, the lone survivor of the April 9 car crash that killed Angels’ pitcher Nick Adenhart as well as Henry Pearson and Courtney Stewart will be at the game as a guest of A’s catcher (and former Cal State Fullerton teammate) Kurt Suzuki and also throw out the ceremonial first pitch during a pre-game ceremony that starts at 12:55 p.m.
== ESPN has officially hired Don Ohlmeyer as its next online ombudsman (linked here), starting an 18-month tour of duty in August. The former TV producer and programmer offers his independent critique of the network, following that of George Solomon and Le Anne Schreiber. “Few people on the planet could bring to the role of ESPN ombudsman more credentials, intelligence, a track record of success and the fearlessness to speak his mind than Don Ohlmeyer,” said John Walsh, ESPN executive vice president and executive editor, in a statement. Among the many things Ohlmeyer has done in his broadcasting career: In the 1980s, he also oversaw partner Nabisco’s 20 percent interest in ESPN, serving as a member of ESPN’s board of directors. Ohlmeyer has also been an adjunct professor of communications at Pepperdine University, where he teaches directing and documentary filmmaking. Ohlmeyer told the Chicago Tribune that learning from former ABC News and Sports chief Roone Arledge, the main thing to remember was “respect the audience, serve the audience and listen to the audience … Whatever success I’ve had is because I believed that. This is an extension of that. … The basic tenets from a journalistic standpoint are accuracy and fairness and balance and proportionality. Those are things that a fresh eye can often bring a different point of view to.”
== Following today’s second round live coverage on TNT, which began at 4 a.m., the final two rounds split up network coverage. Saturday, TNT starts the third round at 4 a.m. before it moves to ABC (Channel 7, 6 a.m.). Sunday’s coverage begins at 3 a.m. on TNT, then at 5 a.m. on ABC. For one more day, DirecTV offers its must-watch British Open mix channel (701) that includes network coverage (702), holes 9, 10 and 11 (703) and the 18th hole (704), plus a highlight channel (705), which, on Thursday, allowed viewers who missed most of Tom Watson’s smooth move from the start (and Tiger Wood’s rough ride that began at 1 a.m. PDT) to relive it all over again at a far more civil time.
== Congrats to Doug Collins and Peter Vecsey for being named to the 2009 Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. They’ll be inducted during ceremonies Sept. 10-11. Collins is being recognized for his NBA analyst work, lately on TNT but also on NBC, including the Olympics. Vecsey writes for the New York Post and has also worked for USA Today. The Lakers’ Chick Hearn was a Gowdy broadcasting award recipient in 1992, the third year it was given out, after Gowdy and Marty Glickman.
== Part of the new “Real Sports” on HBO (Tuesday, 10 p.m.), a story updating the situation with former Oakland Raiders Pro Bowl center Barret Robbins, who went AWOL on the day of Super Bowl XXXVII in San Diego. A bipolar disorder, substance abuse and run-ins with the law have haunted him in the six years since then. Andrea Kremer has the report.
== HBO will honor the memory of Arturo Gatti, who was found dead at 37 Saturday in Brazil, with a presentation of his three classic fights on the network against Micky Ward between May 2002 and June 2003, airing tonight (9 p.m.) and Saturday (HBO2, 10:15 a.m.). HBO did 21 of Gatti’s fights during his career.