For the next few weeks, NBC will be fully involved in the Tokyo Olympics and its Bay Area affiliates are going along for the ride.
NBC Bay Area (Channel 11) will air two versions of a special titled “From the Bay Area to Tokyo” on Thursday, July 22. The specials, which air at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., focus on local athletes and coaches sharing their Olympic stories of enthusiasm, commitment and inspiration.
Subjects include swimmer Ryan Murphy, American assistant basketball coach Steve Kerr, water polo standout Maggie Stephens and cyclist Kate Courtney. Different personalities will be featured in each special.
Telemundo 48 will air a 30-minute Olympic special tonight (July 21) to kick off its coverage. “Tokyo 2020 El Camino Dorado” will start at 7pm
Additionally, NBC Bay Area anchor Raj Mathai and Telemundo 48 Sports anchor Carlos Eustis will both report live from the Olympic Village in Tokyo on a daily basis.
This will be Mathai’s sixth time covering the Olympic Games. He has reported on-location from the Olympics in London, Vancouver, Turin, Athens and Salt Lake City. Eustis is in Tokyo for her third Olympic assignment, covering the Olympics in London and Rio de Janeiro.
“These Olympics have been highly anticipated and much debated. Yet they represent incredible tales of perseverance and resilience, especially with Bay Area ties,” said Stacy Owen, president and general manager of NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 Nearly 90 athletes. “We need the unity that the Games represent now more than ever and we look forward to capturing the emotions and dramatic moments of the Tokyo Olympic Games across multiple platforms in both languages.”
In addition to daily reports, NBC Bay Area will air “The Olympic Zone,” a 30-minute show hosted by “California Live” correspondents Malo Nubla and Ross Thomas, which highlights local athletes. The “Olympic Arena” can be viewed during the entire Games, Monday through Saturday at 4:30 pm.
As for Friday’s opening ceremony in Tokyo, NBC has plans for live coverage on the West Coast very early at 4 a.m. Viewers who find it too difficult can watch NBC’s prime time coverage at 5 p.m.