Telling Marty's Story
On August 26 at 9 PM HBO premiered "Glickman" a documentary by James Freedman about the life of broadcaster Marty Glickman. Marty was special to all of us here at WFUV, especially the students he taught in a 12-year period between 1988-2000.
Spero Dedes. Marty's final Fordham pupil, and current student DJ Sixsmith talk with Producer/Director James Freedman about his association with Marty, which began as a 17-year old high school student, They talk about the reason for making the documentary and what it was like to put the film together.
Spero's recollections of Marty can be heard in "Remembering a Legendary Broadcaster", elsewhere on the website.
There will never be another person quite like Marty Glickman. While many remember Glickman as a legendary broadcaster, Marty first made his mark on the sports world as a world class Olympic athlete. Known as the Flatbush Flash, Glickman was the fastest kid on the block growing up in the Bronx. Marty's speed took him all the way to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin where his life changed forever after he was not allowed to compete because he was Jewish.
This is one of the many stories of Marty's life that is examined in HBO's newest documentary Glickman. Directed by first time filmmaker Jim Freedman, the film goes inside the life of the nation's first athlete turned broadcaster and looks at how he changed the broadcasting industry forever. Glickman's indelible impact can still be seen today through guys like Marv Albert, Bob Costas and Mike Breen who remain true to the Glickman school of broadcasting.
This past week WFUV alum Spero Dedes and I had an opportunity to sit down with Jim Freedman to discuss making the documentary, the director's personal connection with Marty Glickman and the controversy surrounding the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
Listen to the full interview below.
Jim Freedman Interview