Lisa Hughes, News Anchor, WBZ-TV
"[The Spotters] are our eyes on the course; they give us information that makes it possible for us to tell these great stories here at the finish line. Fred Treseler, every year, doing such a remarkable job with them and truly we could not do it without the Spotters Network."
Steve Burton, Sports Director, WBZ-TV
"Whether it's what you hear our broadcast team say or what you see in the graphics on the screen, the information [the Spotters] provide along the course is one of the keys to a successful Boston Marathon broadcast."
Jennifer Street, Former News Director, CBS-TV4
"The CBS 4 Spotter's Network is what makes our coverage great. Instantaneous split times from on course spotters combined with Fred and Tim's race analysis, allow us to literally predict what will happen next. We can ask for nothing more when covering one of the world's greatest sporting events."
Peter Brown, Former News Director, CBS-TV4

“Through the expertise of Fred Treseler and Tim Kilduff, we’re continually having a complete understanding of how that race develops. Without Fred and Tim you don’t have Race SpotWatch. What they bring to the table is their years of experience being able to do this.”

“The first exclusive opportunity to be able to capture each integral part of a Boston Marathon like it’s never been captured before. Race Spotwatch is the eyes and ears on the route. If you want to know what’s going on, on the course, you’ve got to have Race Spotwatch.”

[Race Spotwatch knows] “who the players are and how the race will play out in advance”

“What Race Spotwatch does most effectively is help us track how the race is progressing. For a commercial television station, one of the things we have to keep track of is the commercial inventory and how that gets played. You never want to take a break at the wrong time so with all the eyes and ears out on the race track we can see how the race progresses. Race Spotwatch becomes a great referee for us in terms of making those decisions of when to go to break for us. You don’t have that any other way.”

Bob Lobel, Sports Newscaster, CBS-TV4

“It is fast, it is first, and above all accurate”

“I absolutely trust the data that’s given to us.”

Katherine Switzer, CBS-TV4 Analyst for the past 20 years

"I want to compliment you and your team on the BEST Race SpotWatch information ever (Boston Marathon 2005)... So congratulations, well done, and THANK YOU."

Jim Baker, journalist Boston Herald April 22, 1997

“The Bob Lobel-anchored WBZ version differed from its two major competitors, and ESPN2, in not reporting BAA-fed misinformation that three-time women’s champion Uta Pippig had dropped out of the race at 30 kilometers. She finished fourth. ‘We don’t go through the BAA for our information because we use our own spotters network,’ said executive producer Peter Brown.”

Jim Baker, journalist Boston Herald 1995

“Channel 4’s Frank Shorter was clearly the most astute analyst and WBZ played up two key water-stop incidents in the women’s race to win TV’s four-pronged Boston Marathon Battle yesterday.” (The Spotters Network) “kept Shorter and Kathrine Switzer abreast of split times and top 10s.”

Peter Brown, News Director WBZ TV in Boston Herald April 19, 1986

“’Our spotters came through beautifully and just after the end, we had not only the top three men and women, but the men’s Olympic teams from Kenya and Tanzania and the men’s and women’s teams from Finland.”

Brad Risch, Operations Manager, KYW-TV 3

"Race SpotWatch was the backbone on our coverage. Our telecast would not have been effective without the information that they delivered."

"Race SpotWatch was the backbone on our coverage. Our telecast would not have been effective without the information that they delivered "

Terry Ann Knopf, TV editor Patriot Ledger April 17, 1990

“Channel 4’s coverage of yesterday’s exciting Boston Marathon represented a dazzling sports spectacular. Indeed, Channel 4 outdistanced arch rival Channel 5 by a country mile.”

“Lobel reported that his spotters’ network had Bordin only 40 seconds behind Ikangaa. At 1:40 p.m., Kilduff mused: ‘I think it’s over.’”

Jon Ellis, Spotter Volunteer in Middlesex News April 21, 1998

“’They [spotters] really are the eyes at that mile. There are cameras covering the marathon, but not at every mile.’”

Tim Dumas, Sports Reporter Hopkinton Crier April 24, 1998

“’Since we’ve done this for such a long time, I know the information we’re getting is accurate,’ said Switzer, who just completed her 19th year broadcasting the marathon with Lobel.”

John Stifler, writer Runner’s World magazine July 1987

“Observers from NBC (the network of the 1988 Olympic Games), the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials marathons and a number of other major marathons attended Boston for the express purpose of seeing the Treseler-Kilduff system in operation.”

Jack Craig, Journalist Boston Globe

“Channel 4 was first to detect Uta Pippig’s late move when challenger Elana Meyer lost time picking up a bottle of water. And Channel 4 captured the collapse of a male runner just before the finish line as Meyer crossed in second place in the women’s race.”



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