Currently, Keith Olbermann is the host of Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC, one of the fastest growing cable news shows on television. Every night at 8pm, viewers are privy to one of the most intelligent, charismatic, and humorous men in cable news television. Olbermann displays the innate ability to go from completely and utterly humorous with segments such as Oddball and Newsmakers to incredibly serious and intelligent with his Worst Person segment (which can also be extremely humorous) and his special comments which come around each time he feels compelled to speak on the actions of someone who has made an inexcusable foul up or egregious error.
While Olbermann has worked for several news and sports media outlets, including CNN, Fox Sports Net and several different local stations, he will forever be known in large part due to his time spent at ESPN.
At ESPN Olbermann teamed up with Dan Patrick to form one of the most prolific tandems in sports news casting history. The two were widely known for naming the Sunday night SportsCenter “The Big Show” as well as the impeccable chemistry they displayed when paired together. Most of the wit and fast-paced style that has come to define Olbermann in recent years was clearly developed and honed at his time spent with ESPN. Working with Patrick, the two would eventually go on to write a book together detailing their time spent working at SportsCenter.
Olbermann would leave ESPN and become estranged with the network for some time. After leaving the network Olbermann would go on to work for MSNBC and eventually Fox Sports Net, both networks granted him his own show.
After September 11th 2001, which Olbermann reported for 40 consecutive days, he left the world of sports and turned to full-fledged news reporting. In 2003, Countdown with Keith Olbermann premiered on MSNBC. The structure of the show is such that Olbermann reports on the most pressing news topics in a countdown starting with five. The stories are usually told in order of importance, but rather than number one being the most important he begins the show with the most pressing issue thus making the most important number five.
In between the news items are several segments in which Olbermann has the opportunity to display his writing skills and wit. Oddball is one of the more humorous segments in which Olbermann reports on the weird things of the day. Items that are included in oddball come from virtually everywhere including the internet, Japan, Florida, Middle America and anywhere else the weird things could possibly come from.
Though there are other segments, the most famous is the “Worst Person in the World” towards the end of the show. In this segment he awards a bronze, silver, and gold award to people (political and otherwise) for things they may have done or said. His longstanding rivalry with Bill O’Reilly usually sees O’Reilly has a repeat winner. Though the segment is usually humorous, if something visceral or extremely offensive is covered Olbermann will take the appropriate tone and address the issue.
Recently, Olbermann signed a contract extension that will have his show Countdown on the air for at least another four years. He is also slated to participate in another show of which the details have yet to be released.