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Ten O'Clock News; Reaction to Jimmy the Greek


Christy George reports on racist remarks made by Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder on national television. George notes that Snyder made offensive remarks about the superiority of African American athletes and their lack of qualifications for management positions. George's report includes footage of Snyder making the remarks on television. George reviews the controversy surrounding the remarks, which led up to Snyder being fired by CBS. George's report includes footage of Jesse Jackson (African American political leader), Al Campanis (General Manager, Los Angeles Dodgers) and Brent Musberger (CBS Sports). Interviews with fans and athletes about Snyders comments and about African American coaches and managers in professional sports. Hank Finkel (radio commentator), Mark Acres (Boston Celtics), Dennis Johnson (Boston Celtics), and K.C. Jones (Boston Celtics) are interviewed. George notes that professional sports leagues need to improve their record of hiring African American managers and coaches. This edition of the Ten O'Clock News also included the following item: Henry Hampton calls for more campus activism in an address at Boston University

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Ten O'Clock News

Reaction to Jimmy the Greek

Series Description

NIGHTLY NEWS WITH CHRISTOPHER LYDON AND CARMEN FIELDS Began January 1976. Replaced evening news show EVENING COMPASS. Original host: Steve Nevas. Other anchors, Christopher Lydon (1977-91) and Gail Harris (1983). In 1980 - hour long. Ended in 1991.

(PREDECESSORS: Louis Lyons began news operations at WGBH in 1952. The News at 10 began in 1966. The Reporters premiered in 1970. The Evening Compass started in 1974.) Series release date: 1/1976



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Jones, K. C., 1932-
Race relations
Basketball players
Jackson, Jesse, 1941-
Jimmy, the Greek
Johnson, Dennis, 1954-2007
African American athletes
News Report
Johnson, Dennis, 1954-2007 (Interviewee)
Jimmy, the Greek (Speaker)
Jones, K. C., 1932- (Interviewee)
George, Christy (Reporter)
Jackson, Jesse, 1941- (Speaker)
Chicago: “Ten O'Clock News; Reaction to Jimmy the Greek,” 01/18/1988, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed January 19, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F213D7E5C4F04BD88558727500B1358D.
MLA: “Ten O'Clock News; Reaction to Jimmy the Greek.” 01/18/1988. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. January 19, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F213D7E5C4F04BD88558727500B1358D>.
APA: Ten O'Clock News; Reaction to Jimmy the Greek. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F213D7E5C4F04BD88558727500B1358D
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