Dick Ebersol resigns as NBC Sports head

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  1. May 20, 2011 #21 of 128
    jneugeba

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    They took a loss as they had to pay the IOC an exorbitant fee for the rights to broadcast those games.

    My guess is this next round NBC will get the rights even if they bid lower than the other two networks as the IOC "owes" NBC a little after basically demanding such a high fee for the last ones.
     
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    Ahh... we're all sort of right (and wrong at the same time!)

    The main intro that everyone really identifies as the Olympics fanfare is Leo Arnaud's "Bugler's Dream," which does date back to the '68 Olympics on ABC.

    John Williams then wrote a new piece for the 1984 Olympics, "Olympics Fanfare and Theme." This was performed for the first time during the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Los Angeles games. The two pieces were eventually merged into a medley, with "Bugler's Dream" starting off then blending into "Olympics Fanfare and Theme."

    There is yet another John Williams piece that premiered in 1996 called "Summon the Heroes" that is very heavily used on NBC's telecast.

    (Still another John Williams piece, not as heavily used, is called "Call of the Champions" and premiered in 2002 for the Salt Lake games.)
     
  3. May 20, 2011 #23 of 128
    jsmeeker

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    Yeah.. So, who owns "Summon the Heroes"? NBC? I know it includes melodies from "Bugler's Dream" and/or "Olympics Fanfare and Theme"

    Anyway, digging around on Wikipedia revealed why I so closely assoicate the Olympics with NBC. They have covered every Summer games since 1988 and the last three winter games.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympics_on_NBC
     
  4. May 20, 2011 #24 of 128
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    I wasn't sure of Bugler's Dream (what I always considered the Olympic Theme) was in '68 or '72. The '68 Games were probably the first one's I remember being aware of watching (I was 8). I knew for sure it was in '72 as I remember recently seeing some of the coverage of the Munich massacre. I remember when John Williams wrote the new theme, which was for the '84 games specifically, but has been incorporated into the current theme (I have it on my iPod!).

    I would agree, that without that music, the Olympics wouldn't have the same feel. I remember the '88 Games where these themes weren't used, just didn't feel right.
     
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    The "Olympic Anthem" is yet antoher piece. I'll need to start digging up MP3 clips!


    Remember when ABC ditched the classic theme to "Monday Night Football"? Monday Night Football jsut wasn't the same without it. This would be the same way for me.
     
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    That is an excellent question... for some reason, I suspect that all but "Bugler's Dream" may be owned by the USOC.

    And y'all caught me in some ninja edits! :mad:

    ;) :D
     
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    The only time I ever hear the Olympic Anthem is actually during the ceremony when they raise/lower the Olympic flag. It's really not that good of a piece for television.
     
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    I like the music so much, I've bought some of it from iTunes.


    :)
     
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    Hmmm... then maybe I am thinking of yet a DIFFERENT piece.

    lol.
     
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    Music:

    Here is the Olympic Fanfare and Theme which was composed specifically for the Opening Ceremonies of the 1984 games by John Williams:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWdOFgDQIn0&feature=related

    Bugler's Dream by Leo Arnaud (not specifically written for the Olympics) was used by ABC in the 1968 games when they started televising them. It has since been used by NBC (often combined with the 1984 theme)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwqE1QeyxM8

    NBC commissioned Williams to write another piece for their coverage of the 1988 games. That one is called Olympic Spirit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd1s9mInJ_g

    Summon the Heros was the theme song for the 1996 Atlanta Games (also composed by John Williams)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlTw2C_FEzE

    Williams also composed Call of the Champions for the Salt Lake City Games but that has not really taken off as the others have.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pDqahIgzyzc

    I would think that any new network could have new performances of these pieces made (with the exception perhaps of the 1988 theme as NBC specifically commissioned that for themselves) and then use them in any Olympic coverage.
     
  12. May 20, 2011 #32 of 128
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    Wow I missed lots of posts while I was compiling all my stuff. Sorry for the duplicates!
     
  13. May 20, 2011 #33 of 128
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    no worries! Your post is great. It's easy to confuse a lot of these themes because they are frequently used in combination with other these, or are blended seamlessly back to back when you hear then on TV. Also, it's easy to confuse what is part of actual olympic ceremony and what is part of TV coverage, especially when there is carry over between the two.
     
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    One more as it was asked about:

    Here is the Olympic Hymn. It is traditionally used when the Olympic flag is raised and lowered. ETA it is also referred to as the Olympic Anthem.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kBlI0uknz5s
     
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    I confused the Olympic Theme/Anthem with "Bugler's Dream" I thought "Bugler's Dream" was the standard, official Olympic theme music/fanfare.
     
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    Yes especially since what was originally composed specifically for the 84 games has become one of the main 3 themes we Americans at least would associate with the games. (The 88 piece and the Bugler's Dream being the other two.)
     
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    and the L.A. games piece. Various versions/arrangements have become the primary theme of NBC's covergae.
     
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    jneugeba

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    I missed this yesterday. I would still anticipate a "Best of" primetime show, but there is no reason stuff also shouldn't be shown live for those of us who want to be up at 2am to watch it.

    Vancouver was horrible. I live in a time zone an hour away from there (also happened in the same time zone) and I saw everything in prime-time on tape delay. Made absolutely no sense.
     

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