Robert Lee is known as the voice of Siena men’s basketball on radio and television in the Capital Region, and he is a fixture on Time Warner Cable Sports high school broadcasts.
But Lee is taking on a new challenge. For the next six weeks, he will host Capital OTB’s “The Inside Track,” which will air four times a week — Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays — from 10-11 a.m.
“On that show, we interview people from around the track, whether it be jockeys or trainers, or various people associated with the race track,” Lee said. “We’ll give people an inside look at some of the comings and goings on the backstretch and around the track that casual fans don’t get to see all the time.”
Lee will also handicap races on Sundays from 11-11:45 a.m. How good of a handicapper is Lee?
“We’ll see,” Lee said. “I have good days and bad days. It’s a little nerve-wracking that they put my picks on a sheet to hand out at the gate, as well. To say I’ll be taking this seriously is an understatement.”
It’s a change of pace for Lee, and he’s looking forward to it.
“The biggest difference for me is that I’m on camera the entire time,” Lee said. “That takes a little getting used to. I’m used to just being on camera briefly at the start of the broadcast, and just being off camera doing play-by-play most of the time. It’s a little different for me, but it’s something I’ll grow comfortable with it as it goes along.”
Saratoga radio show
While we’re talking Saratoga, there is a new radio show that debuted Thursday on ESPN Radio WTMM-FM 104.5.
“At the Post Live-Serling on Saratoga” is hosted by nationally recognized horse racing personality and expert analyst Andy Serling. It will air every Thursday during the Saratoga horse racing season from 9-10 p.m.
Although the Summer Olympics opening ceremony isn’t until Friday, which will be seen on tape delay at 7:30 p.m. on NBC13 (WNYT) and NBC13 HD, competition begins Wednesday.
Women’s soccer will kick off the Games on Wednesday. MSNBC and MSNBC HD have Britain vs. New Zealand at 10:30 a.m.
Starting at noon that day, NBC Sports Network and NBCSN HD have United States vs. France, followed by Cameroon against Brazil. They will also have same-day tape coverage of Canada vs. Japan.
MSNBC and MSNBC HD return at 2:30 p.m. for live coverage of Colombia-North Korea, followed by same-day tape coverage of Sweden against South Africa.
Men’s soccer starts Thursday. NBCSN and NBCSN HD have live coverage of Honduras vs. Morocco, Mexico vs. South Korea, United Arab Emirates against Uruguay and Britain vs. Senegal; and same-day tape coverage of Belarus vs. New Zealand. The broadcast begins at 7 a.m.
Over at MSNBC and MSNBC HD starting at 9:30 a.m., it will be Spain vs. Japan, Gabon vs. Switzerland and Brazil vs. Egypt.
Baseball Hall coverage
MLB Network will have coverage of the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies from Cooperstown on Sunday.
The telecast starts at 11:30 a.m. with the Hall of Fame Awards Presentation, which will take place today. Tim McCarver will receive the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting; Toronto Sun national baseball columnist Bob Elliott will get the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for his contributions to baseball writing; and all of the living managers who have managed the St. Louis Cardinals to World Series titles — Whitey Herzog, Tony La Russa and Red Schoendienst — will be honored.
A special edition of “MLB Tonight” will air at 12:30 p.m., and that will lead into the induction ceremonies at 1:30 p.m. Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin and the late Chicago Cubs legend Ron Santo will be inducted.
Samantha Steele is joining ESPN’s “College GameDay” college football pregame show, the cable network announced Wednesday.
Steele replaces Erin Andrews, who left ESPN and joined FOX Sports earlier this month. Steele had been a reporter for Longhorn Network, which is owned by ESPN. Steele will host the first hour of “College GameDay” on ESPNU, and then provide features and updates when the show shifts to ESPN from 10 a.m.-noon.
Steele will also serve as a sideline reporter on ESPN’s Thursday night college football telecasts.
ESPN and ESPN HD have the final two rounds of the British Open this weekend. This morning’s third-round coverage starts at 7 a.m., and Sunday’s final round begins at 6 a.m. WTMM will have radio coverage from ESPN Radio at 9 a.m. today and 8 a.m. Sunday. . . .
NBCSN and NBCSN HD televise the final stage of the Tour de France at 8 a.m. Sunday. NBC Sports will re-air the coverage at 1 p.m., and it will be on NBC13 and NBC13 HD. . . .
FOX23 (WXXA) and FOX 23 HD have the Texas Rangers-Los Angeles Angels baseball game today at 4 p.m. Those two teams will be on ESPN and ESPN HD at 8 p.m. Sunday. . . .
ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD will televise the Major League Soccer All-Stars against Chelsea at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. . . .
Finally, there won’t be a column next Saturday. I’ll be off.