This in from our friends at Turner Sports, former CNN Sports Tonight anchor Vince Cellini returns to Turner Sports to be a multiplatform host. For traditional media, he’ll join NBA TV and host NBA GameTime. For new media, Vince will host a college football show for NCAA.com as well as continuing as a host for NASCAR.com.
Vince joined Turner back in 1989 and became one of CNN Sports Tonight’s most popular anchors. He was given his own show on CNN, Calling All Sports in 1994 where he was notorious for cutting off callers and refusing to talk about certain subjects (“It’s my show”).
From 2003 through 2009, Vince was a host on Golf Channel including being co-hosting “Big Break” with the lovely Stephanie Sparks. Since leaving Golf Channel, Vince has been doing various hosting stints for Turner and now is back full-time. Here’s the press release from Turner Sports announcing Cellini’s return.
Long-time sports broadcaster Vince Cellini will return to Turner Sports as a full-time host for NBA TV and serve in a similar capacity for a collection of online programs across Turner Sports’ digital properties, including a new college football preview show on NCAA.com. Beginning September 1, Cellini will serve as the host of NBA TV’s live studio show, GameTime. In addition to his work on NBA TV, Cellini will host the new NCAA.com College Football Preview Show with analyst Dave Archer, as well as continue his role as host for the NASCAR Preview Show delivered by FedEx Racing and Fantasy Showdown on NASCAR.COM.
“The addition of Vince brings added depth, experience and knowledge about the NBA to our already strong lineup on NBA TV,” said Albert “Scooter” Vertino, vice president of content, NBA Digital. “We are excited to have Vince back with the Turner family.”
Cellini is a veteran of the Turner Sports team. In 1989, he worked for CNN Sports. During his tenure, he co-hosted CNN Sports Tonight, hosted a late night program Calling All Sports from 1994-95 and NBA on TBS in 1995. In 1996, Cellini received a Cable ACE Award for hosting CNN Sports Tonight. He also worked on CNN and was alongside news anchor Carol Lin at the CNN Center during the time of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Cellini will join Turner’s roster of hosts including Ernie Johnson, Matt Winer and Rick Kamla on the league’s 24-hour network. He joined NBA TV in 2010 as a guest host on GameTime. In addition to his guest host duties for NBA-TV, Cellini also co-hosted Sports South’s Hawks Live, the pre-and post-game show for the Atlanta Hawks during the 2010-11 season. In 2003-09, Cellini also was a host for The Golf Channel.
Cellini began his career as a sports anchor and reporter at Cleveland’s WJW-TV and hosted a sports talk radio show on WWWE Radio in Cleveland. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communications from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio.
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