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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKEND: NBC Sports Lindsay Schanger will be the first woman to produce the Kentucky Derby on TV. Newstalk Florida – No

The Kentucky Derby television broadcast will be produced by a woman for the first time in the race’s 148-year history.

Lindsey Schanger is the new senior producer for NBC Sports’ Derby coverage, overseeing the network’s horse racing production. It’s her 10th Derby, but she’s running the show for the first time when she makes some history.

“When someone tells you this is who you are and that’s who you are, it brings a smile to my face,” Schanger said. “I wasn’t ready to be like that. But being First Lady is anything but exciting and makes me really proud. … I think horse racing and especially the Kentucky Derby is really a show for everyone .

Executive producer and president Sam Flood hopes Schnazer will put his own spin on a sporting event that is annually visited by more women than men. The network’s flagship events are comparable only in that aspect to the Olympics.

“He has had the opportunity to bring his point of view,” Flood said. “We think she’s going to come up with a little seal of her own to take the event to another level.”

Schanger, 33, has also produced the Preakness and Belmont Stakes. She was in charge of Preakness last year when Derby winner Medina Spirit tested positive for a substance that was not allowed on race day and had to change gears.

She was somewhat prepared for past conditions such as a 45-minute weather delay at Saratoga and extreme heat at Monmouth, which forced the race out of the entire broadcast window.

“You can never be too comfortable,” Schanger said. “You never know what’s going to happen a week before, a day before or even moments before a race starts.”

One of the challenges for anyone working in Derby is catering to the casual fan who may have never seen horse racing and hardcore bookie at the same time. Schanger said he and others at NBC Sports challenged handicapped Eddie Olczyk to explain the reasoning behind his choice while teaching viewers a little bit about betting in the process.

“What’s really important to me is that on this day we’re reaching audiences, many of whom have never seen horse racing, so it’s inviting them and not alienating audiences who watch horse racing throughout the year, ” He said. “It’s really important for me to keep that balance and do my best to reach all audiences.”


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