The Goodyear blimp is one of the best-known corporate symbols in existence today. It’s hovered over some of the biggest sporting events in the nation’s history, from the Rose Bowl to the World Series, from the Kentucky Derby to the Super Bowl, from the Olympics to NASCAR. It’s hard to imagine what sports broadcasting would be like without the blimp.
But back in the 1950s, some Goodyear executives debated whether to decommission this iconic, friendly behemoth in the sky.
BLIMP! Sports, Broadcasting and Goodyear Airship tells the story of the Goodyear blimp from the perspective of sports and broadcasting.
Set for broadcast on public television, the documentary tells the fascinating story of blimps and sports broadcasting, technology, history and business.
The documentary features broadcasters Al Michaels and Robin Roberts, the “father” of aerial sports broadcasting Mickey Wittman, blimp insiders, historians and television directors. It takes you out to Wingfoot Lake, the “Kitty Hawk” of lighter than air, and inside the new airship. It offers footage that hasn’t been seen before.
Spend an hour with the biggest thing in aerial sports broadcasting.