Audio of Super Bowl I Post-Game Show Recovered

An audio recording of the Super Bowl I post-game show has been recovered by the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It aired following the conclusion of the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game on Sunday, January 15th, 1967. The game pitted the Kansas City Chiefs (AFL) against Green Bay Packers (NFL). The Packers, coached by Vince Lombardi, won.

An Ohio man recorded the television audio using a reel-to-reel tape recorder, held onto it for 50 years, then donated it to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The roughly 27-minute recording has been uploaded to YouTube:

I may be wrong, but I believe there was only one post-game show rather than separate shows for both networks. Also, although the Pro Football Hall of Fame calls it the “CBS postgame audio,” at the end of the recording Curt Gowdy and Paul Christman can be heard signing off. Gowdy and Christman were the NBC announcers for the game. That suggests the recording may in fact be from the NBC broadcast.


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5 Replies to “Audio of Super Bowl I Post-Game Show Recovered”

  1. He may have been the only one with any sort of recording of the post-game show. Even today people don’t bother recording them. Although with so much being ripped and uploaded today it’s more likely that this stuff will be saved.

    There are so many things that are available simply because they come from private collections. Many of them may exist in vaults but aren’t available publicly.

    It would have been better had this come out in time for the anniversary. I suspect he tried to sell it at the time and nobody was interested enough so he would up donating it.

  2. A story about that postgame: Both CBS and NBC televised the game, and Pat Summerall was in the locker room for CBS and George Rattermann was there for NBC. Jack Whittaker said in the NFL Films production “Replay! The History of the NFL on TV” that Rattermann had control of the mic and a CBS producer yelled in Summerall’s ear to take it away from him. Summerall then did what he was told and pulled the mic right back.

  3. At least some of the videotape of this coverage has survived. When NFL Network aired its reconstruction of the game with NFL Films footage last January, the program included Pat Summerall’s interview with Pete Rozelle.

    This and videotape of the pregame player introductions, which were also shown as part of that program on NFL Network, leads me to believe that the NFL has recovered a good amount of one of the Super Bowl telecasts, either the NBC or CBS version, or perhaps some of both. Highlights of the game and maybe even the Rozelle interview could have been preserved at the time the game aired, but I find it hard to believe that would also have been true of the player introductions.

  4. “Gowdy and Christmas were the NBC announcers for the game.”

    I believe the author of the article meant to type “Christman” in this part of the article.

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