Mack following new career path, leaves WRGB weekend job

After more than 10 years at WRGB (Ch. 6), including the last 71⁄2 as the weekend sports anchor, Tim
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Tim Mack got farther along in his broadcasting career than he ever dreamed.

But after more than 10 years at WRGB (Ch. 6), including the last 71⁄2 as the weekend sports anchor, Mack decided it was time to change careers.

Mack confirmed that he submitted his resignation last Friday. He is leaving to take a job in the com­munications department of the New York State Teachers Retirement System.

The 33-year-old Mack spent two summers as an intern at WRGB before becoming a news assistant in 1998.

“Considering that I thought I would only stay for six months and then go to a smaller market, I’ve certainly exceeded my own expectations,” Mack said.

The decision to leave WRGB was an easy one for Mack, whose last day will be Sept. 21.

“My wife [Jessica] had our first child, a baby daughter, in June,” Mack said. “It does focus the mind differently. The thought of spending weekends and holidays away from my daughter and my wife was too difficult to stomach. So, I thought the time was right [to leave].”

While Mack won’t miss working nights and weekends, there are aspects of the job that were satisfying. He enjoyed covering high school football the most.

“I’ll miss the stories we’ve had a chance to tell, and the people I’ve had a chance to meet,” Mack said. “It’s just not the chance to sit in the visitors’ dugout at Yankee Stadium, or being on the sideline at an NFL game. It’s the chance to meet kids, coaches, high school athletes and professionals here in the Capital Region, people you would never encounter in any other profession. This profession affords you remarkable insights.

“It’s been a great ride.”

TW-3 sets schedule

The high school football season started Friday, but not for Time Warner Cable channel 3.

TW-3 will wait a week before broadcasting its first high school football game. It will show Lansingburgh at Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake next Friday.

Five other regular-season games will be televised, all on Fridays. They are Colonie at Shaker

(Sept. 19), Saratoga Springs at Shenendehowa (Sept. 26), Mechanicville at Schuylerville (Oct. 3), Amsterdam at Gloversville (Oct. 10) and Troy at Lansingburgh (Oct. 17).

fantasy football show

MY4 (WNYA) debuts the “My4 Fantasy Football Show” today at 3:30 p.m.

MY4 sports director Dan Murphy is the host. Joining him are Steve Cook, Tom McBride, Mark Robarge and Bob Weiner of The Daily Gazette. Bob Harris from footballdiehards.com will be a telephone guest every week.

football schedules

Here are the college football and NFL games that will be televised over the next week. Announcers, in order of play-by-play, analyst and sideline reporter, are in parentheses.

NFL

Sunday

CBS (WRGB Ch. 6 and WRGB HD) — N.Y. Jets at Miami, 1 p.m. (Jim Nantz/Phil Simms).

Fox (WXXA Ch. 23 and WXXA HD) —

Seattle at Buffalo, 1 p.m. (Ron Pitts/Tony Boselli/Charissa Thompson); Dallas at Cleveland, 4:15 p.m. (Joe Buck/Troy Aikman/Pam Oliver).

NBC (WNYT Ch. 13 and WNYT HD) — Chicago at Indianapolis, 8:15 p.m. (Al

Michaels/John Madden/Andrea Kremer).

Sunday

ESPN and ESPN HD — Minnesota at Green Bay, 7 p.m. (Mike Tirico/Ron Jaworski and Tony Kornheiser); Denver at Oakland, 10:15 p.m. (Mike Greenberg/Mike Ditka and Mike Golic).

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Today

ESPN and ESPN HD — Ohio at Ohio State, noon (Pam Ward/Ray Bentley/Rob Simmelkjaer); West Virginia at East Carolina, 4:30 p.m. (Mike Patrick/Todd Blackledge/Holly Rowe); Miami at Florida, 8 p.m. (Brent Musburger/Kirk Herb­streit/Lisa Salters and Erin Andrews).

ESPN2 and ESPN HD — Miami (Ohio) at Michigan, noon (Dave Pasch/Andre Ware); Mississippi at Wake Forest, 3:30 p.m. (Terry Gannon/David Norrie); South Florida at Central Florida, 7 p.m. (Joe Tessitore/Rod Gilmore).

ESPNU — Connecticut at Temple, noon (Dave Armstrong/Larry Coker); Richmond at Virginia, 3:45 p.m. (Doug Bell/Charles Arbuckle/Melissa Knowles); Minnesota at Bowling Green, 7:30 p.m. (Clay Matvick/

David Diaz-Infante).

MY4 (WNYA) — Southern Mississippi at Auburn, 12:30 p.m. (Dave Neal/Dave

Archer/Dave Baker).

ESPN Classic — New Hampshire at Army, 1 p.m. (Eric Collins/Shaun King); Alcorn State at Grambling State (same-day tape), 10 p.m. (Dave Lamont/Jay Walker).

Time Warner Cable (Ch. 3) — Akron at Syracuse, 3:30 p.m. (Mark Larson/Dale Drypolcher/Danny Liedka).

ABC (WTEN Ch. 10 and WTEN HD) —

Oregon State at Penn State, 3:30 p.m. (Brad Nessler/Bob Griese and Paul Maguire/

Stacey Dales).

NBC (WNYT Ch. 13 and WNYT HD) — San Diego State at Notre Dame, 3:30 p.m. (Tom Hammond/Pat Haden/Alex Flanagan).

MSG Plus — Brigham Young at Washington, 3 p.m. (Barry Tompkins/Petros

Papadakis/John Jackson); Louisiana Tech at Kansas, 7 p.m. (announcers TBA).

CBS College Sports — Air Force at Wyoming, 3:30 p.m. (Tom Hart/Trev Alberts); Rice at Memphis, 8 p.m. (Carter Blackburn/Aaron Taylor).

Versus — Texas A&M at New Mex­ico,

6 p.m. (Joe Beninati/Glenn Parker/Tim Neverett).

Thursday

ESPN and ESPN HD — North Carolina at Rutgers, 7:30 p.m. (Chris Fowler/Craig James and Jesse Palmer/Erin Andrews).

ESPNU — Tennessee Tech at Southeast Missouri State, 7:30 p.m. (Charlie Neal/Jay Walker).

CBS College Sports — Southwest Minnesota State at Minnesota-Duluth, 8 p.m. (Tom Hart/Roland Williams).

Friday

ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD — Kansas at South Florida, 7 p.m. (Sean McDonough/Chris Spielman/Rob Stone).

parting shots

CBS will have the U.S. Open singles finals this weekend. The women’s final is tonight at 8, and the men’s championship is scheduled for 4 p.m. Sunday. CBS will have the men’s semifinals at 11 a.m. today. USA’s final U.S. Open broadcast is 1 p.m. Sunday, when it televised the women’s doubles final. . . .

The final two games of the Phillies-Mets series get the national treatment this weekend. Fox will televise the game today at 3:55 p.m., and ESPN has Sunday night coverage at 8. Sunday’s game will be on the radio on WTRY-FM (98.3) instead of WOFX-AM (980) because WOFX is carrying the Bears-Colts game. .. . .

Nielsen Media Research said Friday that 4.7 billion viewers globally saw at least some of the 17 days of TV coverage of the Olympics last month. This aud­ience was one-fifth larger than the 3.9 billion who watched the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

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