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Former NewsChannel 5 Anchor Spoofed On SNL

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - For years his name was synonymous with Nashville sports. Hope Hines' tenure at NewsChannel 5 made him a household name in the mid-state, but this weekend, his name popped up on Saturday Night Live.

If you tuned into Saturday night live this past weekend you may have heard a familiar name. Former NewsChannel 5 Sports Anchor Hope Hines was spoofed on the long running comedy show.

"When they said my name, I looked at her and said, 'what in the heck is going on here?' Wow. It just blew me away," said Hines.

Hope watched the show with his wife and didn't know how they came up with that name, but he found out from an insider.

"What the guy told me was when they do these skits they walk out to the audience and say, is there a sportscaster's name someone would give us? So some guy stood up and said, 'Hope Hines, News Channel 5, Nashville.' And from my understanding, that's where it came from," said Hines.

Hope said he has received many emails, Facebook messages and tweets about the skit.

"It was so funny, I laughed so hard. My computer has completely blown up with all sorts of emails and tweets, just hearing from people all over the country. I think it went viral," he said.

Hope said he knows skits like this are funny because they aren't far from the truth.

"It's not totally unlike anchors for us to stand around and shoot pictures for promotional purposes, trust me. So it was really, really funny," he added.

Hope said would love to hear from the person who shared his name at SNL. He retired from NewsChannel 5 last July. Since then, he has been working on a book about his 40 years in the broadcasting business. It's called "In Hines Sight", and it will be available in June 2012.

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