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Blimp! Sports, Broadcasting and the Goodyear Airship

Blimp! Sports, Broadcasting and the Goodyear Airship

Monday, Oct. 16, at 9 p.m.
Repeats Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 3 a.m.; Sunday, Oct. 22, at 5 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 28, at 5 p.m.; Sunday, Oct. 29, at 11 p.m.; and Monday, Oct. 30, at 4 a.m.

Also airs on Fusion on Friday, Oct. 20, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Oct. 28, at 10 p.m.

BLIMP! SPORTS, BROADCASTING AND THE GOODYEAR AIRSHIP is a new one-hour documentary that tells the compelling story of blimps as they relate to the sports industry. Produced, written and directed by Kathleen Endres, the documentary features broadcasters Al Michaels and Robin Roberts, the “father” of aerial sports broadcasting Mickey Wittman, blimp insiders, historians and television directors. It offers footage that has never been seen before plus a visit to the airship hangar at Wingfoot Lake for a look at the newest airship in the Goodyear fleet.

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company blimp is one of the best-known corporate symbols in existence today. The company’s airships have hovered over some of the biggest sporting events in our 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 is hard to imagine what sports broadcasting would be like without the blimp; however, back in the 1950s, some Goodyear executives debated whether to decommission this iconic, friendly behemoth in the sky.


Free preview event

Tuesday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m.
Paul A. Daum Theatre, The University of Akron
328 E. Buchtel Ave., Akron

Join fans and friends of the Goodyear blimp for a free preview of BLIMP! SPORTS, BROADCASTING AND THE GOODYEAR AIRSHIP! A reception will be held immediately following the preview.

Reservations are suggested by emailing .

For additional information, contact producer Kathleen Endres at or 330-972-6846, or visit




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