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NBC "Sunday Night Football" Producer Fred Gaudelli to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award

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Fred GaudelliBrookville, N.Y. – Long before he was an award-winning television producer, Fred Gaudelli honed his craft as an undergraduate communication arts major and student sports broadcaster covering football and basketball games for WCWP 88.1 FM, the campus radio station. On Friday, May 4, Gaudelli will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award during the 54th commencement exercises at LIU Post.

As the producer of "Sunday Night Football," Gaudelli is charged with entertaining millions of Americans. Not only are Gaudelli-produced games fun to watch, he makes it look easy. The 10-time Emmy Award winner is in his seventh season overseeing  the program, which received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series in each of the last three years.  He also received an Emmy in the Live Special category for NBC's production of Super Bowl XLIII. Most recently, in February, Mr. Gaudelli produced Super Bowl XLVI, the most watched television show in American history with an average audience of 111 million viewers.

Prior to joining "Sunday Night Football," Mr. Gaudelli produced ABC's "Monday Night Football," where he oversaw production of Super Bowl XXXVII in 2003 and Super Bowl XL in 2006.  As producer, "Monday Night Football" and the telecast of Super Bowl XXXVII were nominated for nine Emmy Awards and won four. He also produced ESPN's "Sunday Night Football" from 1990 through 2000.  In that time, the show received five CableACE Awards, two gold medals at the International Film & TV Festival and an Emmy Award.

Mr. Gaudelli's expertise extends beyond the sport of football. In 2010, he produced the Short Track speed skating and closing ceremony at the Vancouver Olympics, and in 2011, he produced all three legs of Thoroughbred Racing's Triple Crown. In 1997, he oversaw ESPN's day-to-day coverage of Major League Baseball, which won the network's only CableACE Award for Outstanding Live Sports Series.

Mr. Gaudelli is responsible for many advances in television sports. He introduced the critically acclaimed 1st & Ten technology, which displays an electronically produced yellow line that appears to be painted across the field at the first down marker; the GoalPost Cam; and the rotating clock/score box. He also produced the first live sports telecast to use real-time polling data (via Enhanced TV) on all instant replay challenges, and while producing the 1988 College World Series for ESPN, he introduced the live technique of tracking the speed of pitches – a first on television.

Mr. Gaudelli holds a B.A. in communications from LIU Post. He resides in Madison, Conn.

The Class of 2012 includes 2,326 students, 974, undergraduate, 1,183, graduate, 4, Ph.D., 20, Psy.D. and 145, advanced certificates who will be awarded bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees and advanced certificates from five schools of study: College of Education and Information Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Management, School of Health Professions and Nursing and the School of Visual and Performing Arts.

Posted 05/03/2012

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