Altvater: Kuselias out at Golf Channel “Morning Drive”Written by Fred Altvater | | BackNine@toledofreepress.com
It has been reported that Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” co-host Erik Kuselias has been reassigned by NBC Sports to another segment of the NBC family.
Just as Adele would sing, rumor has it he and co-host Holly Sonders were having an affair. (See deadspin.com/5784227/erik-kuselias-making-friends-at-golf-channel-just-like-he-did-at-espn.)
Kuselias’ contract with ESPN was not renewed at the end of 2010 and he was picked up by Golf Channel as co-host for “Morning Drive,” which first aired in January 2011.
“Morning Drive” with Kuselias, Gary Williams and Holly Sonders as co-hosts has been well-received and become a workhorse for Golf Channel’s early morning programming.
“Morning Drive” features interviews with players, top writers and other industry personalities reporting on the leading topics from around the golf universe.
Kuselias brought an edgy, slightly over-the-top personality to the show, which made a counterpoint to Gary Williams’ more laid-back, easygoing style.
Golf Channel has been using substitute co-hosts for Kuselias over the last week. Jason Sobel, Jerry Foltz, Paul Goydos and even swing coach extraordinaire Butch Harmon took turns in the co-host seat.
In January 2011, Comcast, the parent company of Golf Channel, acquired a majority interest in NBC Universal, the parent of the NBC Network. NBC has combined its golf broadcasting efforts through the Golf Channel.
The combination brings together myriad golf broadcasting talent and has seemed to work well.
NBC golf broadcast stalwarts Johnny Miller, Dan Hicks, Roger Maltbie and Gary Koch blend in nicely with Golf Channel on-air personalities Nick Faldo, Terry Gannon, Kelly Tilghman and Rich Lerner.
I’m not too sure CBS has been too thrilled with their lead broadcast analyst, Nick Faldo, also appearing on the NBC golf broadcasts, though.
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