For more than four decades Chris Lincoln has been covering sports. He has written about it and talked about it in newspapers, magazines, radio, television and the Internet. Wherever there have been major sporting events to cover, Chris has gone!
On American Airlines alone he has logged over 8.3 million miles of travel. He has been to 48 states, and traveled to 16 foreign countries on four continents. He started his sports career during his high school years in Warren, Michigan writing for the school newspaper and yearbook and the local Royal Oak Tribune.
At the University of Missouri (1965-1970) he worked as a student assistant in the Sports Information office. He was also a sportswriter for the Columbia Daily Tribune and then a sportscaster at KFRU Radio in Columbia, Missouri. It was here that he did his first play-by- play broadcasting as the “Voice of the Hickman High School Kewpies” along with special reporting on the University of Missouri Sports Network and network cut-ins for ABC Radio. He got a call, in 1974, from KTUL-TV (Channel 8 ) in Tulsa, Oklahoma to become the station’s Sports Director. He also became the host of the University of Oklahoma’s national football replay show with Coach Barry Switzer. At the same time, Lincoln also hosted shows for Oklahoma State University, the University of Tulsa and Oral Roberts University. He produced many sports specials and did play-by-play of many sports events for the station. In 1976 he was tabbed by ABC sports as one of the network’s four regional college football play-by- play announcers. He would later go on to do college and Canadian pro football and basketball play-by- play for ESPN.
Chris, left Channel 8, at the end of 1981 to form Winner Communications (now Winnercomm), a television sports production company, with former leading KTUL salesman, Jim Wilburn. The two built the company into the nation’s largest independently owned sports production companies with over 200 employees in Tulsa and another 2,000 independent contractors across the nation. The company annually produces more then 1,000 hours of live and taped sporting events and specials for over a dozen networks. Winnercomm also owned and operated Skycam and Cablecam, Lincoln and Wilburn sold a majority of the company to outside investors in February, 2006. In May of 2007 KTUL-TV contacted Chris and invited him to return as their Executive Sports Director. As of August 2011, Chris retired from his duties on the anchor desk and now focuses on special feature work, sports specials and freelance broadcasting.
Throughout his 25-years at Winnercomm, Lincoln became known to millions of television viewers around the world as “The Voice of the Thoroughbreds” as the host from 1982-1998 of thoroughbred and quarter horse races and the weekly “Racehorse Digest” show on ESPN. In 1999 Chris was hired as the global presenter for the World Racing Championship Series. He was the main presenter for five years of the world’s top international thoroughbred races held in nine countries and four continents.
His work has been recognized with a national sports “Emmy Award” along with an “Eclipse Award” and many other honors from the thoroughbred racing industry as well as multiple “Sprint Awards”, from quarter horse racing. By his own count, Lincoln has been to more than 50-race tracks across North America and 22 more tracks around the world from Dubai, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Singapore, Australia and Europe. In his travels, Lincoln has been in the presence of royalty from Her Royal Highness, The Queen of England, The Aga Khan, Sheikhs, Sultans, Ambassadors, Prime Ministers, Princes, Princesses and three U.S. Presidents.
He has done network television play-by- play of over 20 different sports and has been to major sporting events from the Super Bowl; World Series; the Winter and Summer Olympics; Indianapolis 500; the Triple Crown (Kentucky Derby- Preakness and Belmont); The Breeders’ Cup; NCAA & NIT basketball tournaments; World Cup Soccer; golf; tennis; National Finals Rodeo, etc. Chris has also written, produced and voiced many national sports specials including ESPN Sports Classic shows.
In Tulsa he is remembered as the “Voice of the Tulsa Roughnecks” (NASL soccer team); the Oklahoma Outlaws (USFL Pro Football); and the Tulsa Twisters (professional team rodeo). He was featured on radio locally as a weekly announcer on the Sports Animal 97.1 FM show. He has also done local high school football play-by- play for KRMG radio and events for Cox Cable.
Lincoln is constantly in demand as a speaker both locally, regionally, nationally and internationally including corporate meetings for General Electric; IBM; Visa; Kentucky Fried Chicken, etc. He is also an accomplished Master of Ceremonies and donates a lot of his time to host and speak at charity fund raising events.
He is an active board member of the Tulsa Boys Home; Tulsa Sports Commission and Tulsa Sports Charities and is a long-time member of Boston Avenue Methodist Church. Nationally he is an active supporter of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America and has worked with both the Shoemaker Foundation and the Don Macbeth Memorial Jockey Fund to help disabled jockeys.
In 2012 he stepped down as Executive Sports Director and main anchor for KTUL-TV ABC 8 and now does special reports and covers feature events for the station.
Lincoln was born in Baltimore MD. in 1947 and lived in many eastern cities as a child due his father being in the Coast Guard. He is often asked where is his favorite place to go…..after millions of miles and amazing countries and cities……his answer remains…HOME!!!
Lincoln has been married, to his wife Becky since 1999. The couple has three children and four grandchildren.