Originally Posted by Hoosier Red
From the other stories filed it appears he was in Turkey covering the USA basketball,(which makes sense since he interviewed the Turkish team GM et al.) So he probably was talking to the assistant coach over the phone(may not have had a recorder for that particular phone line. A lot of reporters do so much with their phones, I'm sort of surprised cell phones don't have a recording option available.
Ah. Never had to go overseas. Didn't know that.
However, I have done a crapload of phone interviews. (Most interviews are done over the phone; it makes subjects more likely to say something they should/shouldn't (depending on your viewpoint).
I always had my tape recorder set up to the phone. It takes less than a minute to do it.
If the current is different and he didn't have a converter, perhaps he ran out of batteries.