Chris Lincoln was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1947 and spent his youth on the East Coast while his father was in the Coast Guard.
It was in Warren, Michigan that Chris started his sports career, writing for his high school newspaper and yearbook along with writing for the local Royal Oak Tribune.
While attending the University of Missouri (1965-1970) he was a student assistant in the Sports Information office, a sportswriter for the Columbia Daily Tribune and then a sportscaster at KFRU Radio in Columbia, Missouri. It was there 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 started his career as Sports Director at KTUL Channel 8, home of ‘8's the Place' in 1974. During that time, he hosted the University of Oklahoma's national football replay show with Coach Barry Switzer along with shows for Oklahoma State University, the University of Tulsa and Oral Roberts University.
In 1976 he was tabbed by ABC sports as one of the network's regional college football play-by-play announcers. He would later go on to do college 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 KTUL salesman, Jim Wilburn. The two built the company into the nation's largest independently owned sports production company 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 owns and operates Skycam and Cablecam.
Throughout his 25-years at Winnercomm, Lincoln became known to millions of television viewers around the world as "The Voice of the Thoroughbreds." From 1982-1998 he hosted 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 of the world's top international thoroughbred races held in nine countries and over four continents.
Lincoln and Wilburn sold a majority of the company to outside investors in February 2006. Since then Lincoln has taken on a new role at Winnercomm, that of Senior Consultant for Special Projects.
In May 2007 Tulsa celebrated Chris' return to NewsChannel 8 as Executive Sports Director.
For more than four decades Chris Lincoln has been covering sports. Wherever there have been major sporting events to cover, Chris has gone! Logging over 6.6 million miles of travel, he has been to 47 states, and traveled to 16 foreign countries on four continents. During his career Chris' work has been recognized with a sports "Emmy Award", an "Eclipse Award" and many other honors from the thoroughbred racing industry as well as multiple "Sprint Awards" from quarter horse racing.
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 and more.
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 is 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.
He is an active board member of the Tulsa Boys Home, Tulsa Sports Commission and Tulsa Sports Charities. Chris is also 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.
The Lincoln's still have a home on the coast of Maine where they like to get away for some down time. When asked, Chris will tell you his favorite place to go…after millions of miles and amazing cities…is home. Lincoln married his wife Becky in 1999. The couple has three children and three grandchildren.
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