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WTIU to air Bob Hammel documentary



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WTIU will air its new documentary “Bob Hammel & Bloomington: A 50-Year Love Affair” at 8 p.m. March 4. The film will explore the life and career of former Herald-Times sports writer and editor Bob Hammel. IDS file photo Buy Photos

WTIU will air its new documentary “Bob Hammel & Bloomington: A 50-Year Love Affair” at 8 p.m. March 4. 

The film will explore the life and career of former Herald Times sports writer Bob Hammel and his rise to national prominence.

Hammel first came to Bloomington as a journalism student at IU but left after his freshman year in 1954 to become a sports reporter for the Herald-Press in his hometown of Huntington, Indiana.

After 12 years, Hammel returned to Bloomington as the sports editor at the Herald Times.

During his career, he covered the 1968 Rose Bowl, the 1972 Munich Olympics and IU men’s basketball national championships in 1976, 1981 and 1987. Hammel's final assignment before retiring was the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

The film can be viewed during the premier on WTIU or Facebook Live. It will also be available on WTIU’s website from March 5 through April 5 and available for purchase on DVD and Blu-ray beginning in September 2019.

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