Kenny Mayne is an award-winning sports journalist for the cable television network. He is well-known as a host of Kenny Mayne’s Wider World of Sports on ESPN.com, as well as a weekly contributor to Sunday NFL Countdown with his weekly Mayne Event segment.
Kenny Mayne Biography
Mayne played two years for the University of Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) before turning pro. While in college, he was an all-american quarterback. He was drafted by the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round of the 1979 draft and later moved on to the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he played three seasons. In 2006, he was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars”.
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John Mayne has been working on his television career since 1982. He got his start as a news reporter and news anchor at KLVX-TV in Las Vegas. From there, he worked as a production assistant, sports anchor, and weekend news reporter.
He used his dog to help give baseball scores as part of his offbeat style as an anchor, known as the “dog days of summer score dog” segment. Television was not always his primary form of employment. From 1982 to 1990 he worked at local stations and from 1994 to 1995 he worked in sales for MCI.
When Mayne left the network he called his former boss who told him about a job assembling garbage cans because the one-person trucks had been switched to one-person.
A popular radio announcer and field producer was asked to leave his network and pursue only one full-time television job, but he refused. There is a show on the Disney channel called “Mickey Mouse Club.” He called the 800-number all the time and came up with story ideas.
He guessed they finally decided it was less expensive to hire him than to pay for his phone calls, and that’s what they did. SportsCenter is a must-see for anyone who loves sports. It’s been honored with a Peabody Award, an Emmy Award, and a Gracie Award.
Mayne is also recognized with the Old Hilltop Award for excellence in covering thoroughbred racing for many years on the air of ESPN.
The show Mayne Street was a scripted comedy series that debuted in 2008. It told the story of a fictionalized version of Kenny Mayne, a young man growing up in West Virginia. He became a sports legend in a small town after winning a basketball tournament.
The show ran for two seasons on the ABC Family Channel. His later work, Wider World of Sports, is currently airing on the Internet. In his work as an anchor and reporter, he has become well known for his offbeat style, dry humor and unique sayings. The man that’s been around sports, and most prominently, anchors Sports Center, is most notable for his time on RPM2Night and on Sports Center.