Ken Romano, CBS and YES Replay Operator, Dies at 46

Longtime slow-motion-replay operator Ken Romano, who worked with CBS Sports, YES Network, and others died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 46 years old.

“Yesterday, we lost one of our best colleagues and a beloved friend of CBS Sports,” says Ken Aagaard, EVP of Engineering, Operations, and Production Services, CBS Sports. “Ken was always in demand as one of the best EVS editors in the business. Ken was able to take his skills and unselfishly teach them to new operators as they transitioned from the world of videotape. He has many students who are key operators for us today. His legacy will live on.”

Romano played an instrumental role in CBS Sports’ NFL Today studio show, as well as all of the network’s largest shows, including The Masters, Final Four and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, US Open tennis, and the Super Bowl.

“More important, Ken’s gentle demeanor, dry wit, and intelligent approach to all that he dealt with will be what we remember about him most,” adds Aagaard. “He was a good friend to any and all that he encountered. He will be sorely missed.”

A 10-year veteran freelancer for YES Network, Romano regularly worked New York Yankees baseball and New Jersey Nets basketball for the network.

“One of my very first hires when we launched YES in 2002, Ken was a remarkable EVS operator and an even better man,” says Ed Delaney, SVP, broadcast operations and engineering, YES Network. “We will miss him deeply.”

Romano is survived by his wife, Jackie, and two daughters, Katie and Emma.

For those who wish to help the Romano family, the SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund will be collecting donations on their behalf to help continue the support already provided. For more information, visit sportsbroadcastingfund.org/donate, or you can send donations to the address below. All donations are tax-deductible, and please be sure to indicate “Romano Family” on your donation.

SVG Sports Broadcasting Fund
℅ Bryant Bank, Attn: Heike Harris
1550 McFarland Blvd. N,
Tuscaloosa, AL 35406