Extra points: Media column gravy VI

The rest of the weekend media notes, post media column (again, linked here), all that’s non-football related:

==Maybe this should have deserved bigger coverage. Maybe not.

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An item in the San Diego Union Tribune a day ago (linked here) reported that Lee “Hacksaw” Hamilton (not his real name) has bolted from his San Diego 3-to-6 p.m. weekday gig on XTRA Sports 1360. He announced it on the air Wednesday night.
Today’s LARadio.com, the story expands to the fact that ‘Saw has also severed ties with KLAC-AM (570).
A quote he send via email to Don Barrett: “I am exiting XTRA Sports and Clear Channel Radio after 22-years as the afternoon drive time host. This has been a great run from the legendary first days at XTRA 690 on that 77,000-watt all-Sports blowtorch signal, thru all the changing of frequencies, stations, and management leadership. These people have been great, and I have given them every ounce of energy I had over the years.” As a “free agent,” he say he is looking for “new challenges in a new setting,” open to a sports-talk gig, play-by-play or both. Barrett also includes ‘Saw’s phone (858.386.2013) and email contact (hacksaw5555@gmail.com).

==Another followup on LARadio.com, former L.A. legendary sportscaster Gil Stratton, recovering from a heart attack last month, reports that he has been able to drive again and “now it’s just a test to regain my energy and strength.” Go to his Webpage (linked here) for more on the 86-year-old living in Toluca Lake.

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==In addition to covering the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction ceremonies (today, 4:30 p.m.), ESPN Classic will reair games today involving the inductees, starting with Dick Vitale’s coverage of the 1995 North Carolina-Duke game (8 a.m.). It’s followed by Adrian Dantley playing in the 1987 Eastern Conferene final Game 5 (with Detroit, vs. Boston) at 10 a.m.; Patrick Ewing in the 1994 Eastern Conference final Game 7 (with New York, vs. Indiana) at noon; Pat Riley in an NBA Films review of the 1988 Lakers’ title run (2 p.m.) and Hakeem Olajuwon playing in the 1995 NBA finals Game 4 (for Houston, vs. Orlando) at 2:30 p.m.

==By the way, aside from Vitale, the only others in the Basketball Hall who have gone in first as a broadcaster and then as a contributor — the Lakers’ Chick Hearn and former coach and current ABC game analyst Hubie Brown, although there is a movement to have Billy Packer, already recognized as a broadcaster who recently left CBS, to be next. Just trying to figure out what Packer actually contributed.
This year’s Curt Gowdy Media Award goes to former USA Today writer David DuPree (now at SI.com) and long-time New York radio broadcaster Bob Wolff. Mike Breen will host the TV coverage of the ceremony.


==The Dodgers’ game against Arizona on Saturday (Channel 11, 12:55 p.m.) goes to only 18 percent of the country, but that’s good enough for L.A. viewers who get Josh Lewin and Mark Grace on the call (Eric Karros is in the studio this weekend with Kevin Kennedy and Jeanne Zelasko). Other Fox games are Philadelphia-N.Y. Mets (60 percent coverage, with Kenny Albert and Tim McCarver) and Detroit-Minnesota (21 percent coverage, with Chris Rose and Leo Mazzone).

==Sunday, TBS’ weekly game (11 a.m.) will be blacked out (Angels at Chicago White Sox), while ESPN (5 p.m.) brings the Phillies-Mets.

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==Monday’s season-opening episode of “Oprah” (Channel 7, 3 p.m.) will have the gathering of 175 Olympic athletes (including softballer Jessica Mendoza, above) that Oprah Winfrey was able to orchestrate flying in and staying in Chicago — which is bidding for the 2016 Summer Games — for the day to make it happen. The show, taped Wednesday in Centennial Park, will include a segment of Oprah interviewing the Lakers’ Kobe Bryant. Reports are that the audience was more than 6,000.

==The sexual harassment suit filed by a make-up artist against ESPN’s Jay Crawford and Woody Paige during their time on the former show “Cold Pizza” was thrown out by a New York judge last week, the New York Daily News reports (linked here).

==The New York Post (linked here) has reported that CBS is trying to talk to the more established UFC to replace L.A.-based EliteXC for its mixed martial arts contests. Ratings were surprisingly low after the July 26 program, with at least one more EliteXC match scheduled for Oct. 4 with Ken Shamrock and Kimbo Slice at the main event.

==Bob Papa, Max Kellerman and Lennox Lewis call Saturday’s HBO “Boxing After Dark” card (10:15 p.m., delayed) featuring Juan Diaz vs. Michael Katsidis and Rocky Juarez vs. Jorge Barrios. The telecast is part of an HBO free preview weekend that enables cable and satellite viewers without HBO to sample the programming — something we’d been told by some HBO officials doesn’t happen any more, but should have when Oscar de la Hoya fought Steve Forbes at the Home Depot Center back in early May.

==And for those who’ve tried to find the YouTube.com videos of a young Republican VP candidate Sarah Palin (then Sarah Heath) do a sports-anchor job, but found out that most of them had mysteriously been taken down, Deadspin.com (linked here) managed to find and save one on its site.

Or, try this clip and see if it works:

==The final IndyCar Series race of the season — already? — goes to ABC for the event at Chicagoland Speedway (Channel 7, 12:30 p.m.). Marty Reid and Scott Goodyear are in the booth, with Jack Arute, Brienne Pedigo and Vince Welch in the pits.

==JP Dellacamera and John Harkes call the ESPN Classic’s live telecast of the first match featuring a U.S. National Soccer Team in Cuba since 1947 as the Americans play in a World Cup qualifying match (Saturday, 5 p.m.). And rather than call it from a safe TV monitor in Bristol, Conn., they’ll actually be in Cuba.

==Having left L.A. in the review mirror, the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series moves to Richmond, Va, for the 400-lap race (Channel 7, Saturday, 4 p.m.). ESPN2 has practice (today, 8 a.m.) and qualifying (today, 3 p.m.). Dr. Jerry Punch calls it with Dale Jarrett and Andy Petree.

==ESPNRISE.com (linked here), dedicated to national coverage of high sports, launched last week with the hope of it being a bookmarked place for those 14- to 18-year old athletes.

==A new deal with Golf Channel and Dish Network gives the channel past 80 million homes in distribution (120 million globally). Dish Network has put the channel on its America’s Top 200 programming package tier.

==Universal Sports (linked here) has the Beijing Paralympic Games starting Saturday with the opening ceremonies and continuing through Sept. 17. The U.S. Paralympics website (linked here) also carries highlights.

==Because of Thursday’s rainout in the first round of the PGA’s BMW Championship, the Golf Channel will jump on the air at 1 p.m. Saturday with bonus coverage as the tournament plans to play 36 holes that day. NBC has the live coverage at 9 a.m. before it jumps off the air at 12:30 p.m. for Notre Dame football. It will do Sunday’s presumed final round at 11 a.m.

==Wrapping it up from the U.S. Open in New York, CBS goes with the womens semifinals and men’s double final today (9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Channel 2); the men’s semifinals (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and women’s final (5 to 7 p.m.) on Saturday and the men’s final (1 p.m.) after its NFL coverage on Sunday. Dick Enberg will call it with Mary Carillo and John McEnroe.
With Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer on course to meet again in the final, it was the appearance of Thousand Oaks’ Sam Querrey that really piqued interest in the first week. After Querrey’s victory against No. 14 Ivo Karlovic in three sets, CBS’ Patrick McEnroe, his Davis Cup coach, said: “This is really a breakthrough tournament for Sam.”

**AND FINALLY:

==ESPN has apparently given up on Lou Holtz giving those cheesy pep talks during its college football studio show — now he’s “Dr. Lou,” offering advice to players and ex-coaches who call in with a problem.
After giving some reasonable answers to questions posed by Florida QB Tim Tebow and former Michigan coach Lloyd Carr on the opening-week segment, Holtz offered his closing thought:
“If you want some great advice, don’t ask Dr. Lou. Ask your spouse. There’s no one who loves you any more or wants to see you succeed any more or be any more honest with you. …”
At least, we think that’s what he said. It was that “see you succeed” line that really had us putting up the glass sheild from the salad bar to protect us from a late summer rain outburst.
“And remember this,” he concluded, “behind every successful person stands a very surprised mother-in-law.”
He oughta write a book. Another one, at least.

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