Luke, Carville To Honor Tim on XM

And, yes, Luke Russert has assumed a Madonna/Bono like status aroundtown nowadays, where he almost doesn’t even need a last name to know who is being talked about.

From the release:

Luke Russert and James Carville will pay tribute to Luke’s father Tim Russert on their XM Satellite Radio sports talk show “60/20 Sports” on Friday, June 20.

The program, which will focus on Tim Russert’s passion for sports, will feature former U.S. senator and basketball player Bill Bradley, Lance Armstrong, Yogi Berra, Bill Russell, Bud Selig, and Marv Levy, the former head coach of Tim Russert’s beloved Buffalo Bills.

The show will also air highlights from Tim Russert’s interviews with sports figures on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CNBC and MSNBC.

This two-hour edition of ’60/20 Sports’ will air Friday at 12 noon ET/9 am PT on XM Sports Nation (XM channel 144). An encore presentation of the commercial-free program will follow at 2 pm ET/11 am PT.

>UPDATE: Some quotes from the show (already taped).

Lance Armstrong, who was the last sports figure to be interviewed by Tim Russert on “Meet the Press,” told Luke Russert and James Carville about his experience appearing on the program in 2007:

“I watched the show religiously. I’ve never been more excited, or more nervous, about an interview. We lost a great one, and I certainly think this election was changed by his passing.”

2. Luke Russert talked with former Buffalo Bills head coach Marv Levy about his father Tim’s lifelong devotion to the Bills:

LUKE RUSSERT: The first question my father would ask if he was here would be, “Are we going to break the drought and make the playoffs this year?”

MARV LEVY: I know the answer he’d like to have, but I’m going to quote Casey Stengel, who said, “I never make predictions, especially about the future.”

3. Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig on Tim Russert:

SELIG: “He was the great journalist of this generation, and his love for baseball was enormous.”