- Todd Harris
Todd Harris is a sideline reporter for ESPN and ABC's
Prior to those duties, he was the lead play-by-play announcer for ABC and
ESPN's coverage of the Indy Racing League's IndyCar Series. He has also called motocross, supercross, and X Gamescoverage on ESPN, and has been the lead announcer for the World's Strongest Mancompetition.
Early life and career
In the past, Harris' duties at other networks have included covering the NBA playoffs for TNT, and being a commentator for
NBC's special high-definition coverage of the 2002 Winter Olympicsin Salt Lake City, Utah.
Harris is a 1990 graduate of
Brigham Young University, Graduating with honors with a major of Communications . He is a Southern Californianative but grew up in Portland, Oregonwere he was a standout high school athlete. He began his broadcasting career as a weekend anchor/reporter for WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, KY.
In 2004, Harris began his involvement with ABC and ESPN's coverage of the IRL. He was assigned to be a pit reporter for their IndyCar Series coverage after joining the network for motocross and X Games coverage.
In 2005, Harris was promoted to be ABC and ESPN's new lap-by-lap announcer of the IRL, replacing
Paul Page. Fans who met the popular Page (widely considered as "the" voice for U.S. open wheel racing) at events after the announcement said he was shocked and disappointed by the decision. Other race fans believe Disney has made bad calls with announcers, first with Bob Jenkinsleaving the network after the 2003 season, and also with pit reporters Jack Arute, Jr., son of the Stafford (CT) Motor Speedway owner, and Jerry Punch, who substituted for Jenkins frequently on NASCAR broadcasts in the late 1990s, including Dale Earnhardt, Sr.'s last NASCAR win in 2000, whom some believed should have taken the role of lap-by-lap.
ESPN keeps Harris for other work
Harris did not return to the IRL booth in 2006. Brian Kenny had been rumored to return to the booth, but it was announced that veteran
Marty Reidwould fill the position, with Rusty Wallacejoining the booth to make it a three-man booth. Harris will return to the ESPN college football sideline reporting in 2006, joining veteran play-by-play man Gary Thorneand analyst Andre Ware.
Both conversations can be found on [http://radio.sportingnews.com/audiovault/nascar.html this page] . Harris' is listed fourth, Zipay's right below. However, you must have a subscription to listen.
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