A nasally, gravelly voice pushed Bill Dallman from one side of the TV camera to the other.
Being behind the camera has turned out nicely for Dallman, who on Tuesday leaves the Eden Prairie office of vice president and news director at Fox 9 for a dream job in Los Angeles. He’s been named vice president/news director for Fox Sports 1, “America’s new sports network, coming Aug. 17,” as it’s being promo’d.
Dallman is going to L.A. with his wife of 21 years, Angela, executive producer of DIY’s “Bath Crashers,” and their two kids.
Although this being the boss thing is working for Dallman, I’m looking forward to his making an unexpected appearance on Fox Sports 1, like the one he made when the Dome collapsed in 2010. His appearance on Fox 9 might not have caused the casual viewer pause, but it riveted me to the screen.
“We had that big snowstorm on Saturday, and so I was here relieving the manager on call, [exec producer] Lori Fisher. She was pregnant,” Dallman told me last week. “I called her and said, ‘I’m going to come in and oversee the morning news.’ I’m here at 4 in the morning, whatever, and all of a sudden we hear the Dome went down. There was no way we’re getting any [reporters] in at that time. I looked at [photog] Brian Wiedeke and said, ‘Let’s go.’”
Q In fewer than 25 words, how will what Fox Sports 1 does be different from ESPN?
A Fox Sports 1 is going to be fun. We say: Sports is fun. Not taking away anything from ESPN, which is a great organization, but we’re going to be fun, dynamic, interesting and take some chances.
Q Where is the sports coverage saturation point?
A It seems unlimited at this point. Live sports is absolutely amazing in its capacity to draw an audience. People don’t like to DVR it as much as they like to DVR other programs. They like to be in front of their TV while it’s happening. It’s an exciting time to be part of that growing phenomenon.
Q Which on-air person at Channel 9 will you miss the most?
A I’ll miss C.J. the most, of course. No. I’ll miss everybody. The thing about it is that I came into a great organization in 2006 and I added some great people as well. The people I feel the worst for are the people I just hired. I did not know this opportunity was going to come for me. There are some new people who came on who I have hardly had the chance to get to know.
Q If you had been the judge presiding over Chad Ochoidiot’s [better known as Chad Ochocinco] domestic head-butting case, would you have tossed the knucklehead into jail for slapping his attorney on the behind?
A [Laugh] Luckily, I’m not a judge, but I would have had a stern conversation with him for certain. He would be a challenge to manage, that’s for sure. But I’ve got to say, when he was in the Twin Cities for a game, when he was with the Bengals, he was a great guy.