Coming Friday: Damon Andrews, Version Channel 5.0

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From the Best and Worst of L.A. Sports Media, the list of Sports TV Anchors/ Reporters/Hosts/Studio Analysts over the last few years:

2005:
No. 1 in the Bottom Five: KTLA Channel 5′s Damon Andrews:

We’re trying to cut him some slack, since he’s new to the market, but until he learns about the fine line between clever and cornball, all he does it waste the two minutes alloted between Hal Fishman’s rambling rants and the rerun of “Friends.” Got so bad they even added a drum riff to his final attempt at a joke the other night. For this, they gave up Tony Hernandez?

2006:
No. 3 on the Bottom 5: KTLA Channel 5′s Andrews:

We kid you not: last year, he was given a regional Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-TV News Directors Association. You gotta be wondering if Hal Fishman is thinking to himself as Andrews does his jargon-filled scripts: What the heck is this kid talking about?

(We weren’t the only ones taking a shot at Andrews. The late Ron Fineman, on his critique of local TV media, had this mention that year as well, linked here).

2007:

Horrible Mention (at the bottom of the Bottom 5): KTLA Channel 5′s Andrews.

2008:

Honorable Mention (at the bottom of the Top 10): KTLA Channel 5′s Andrews.

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Even we can’t wait to see where the leaner, cleaner Andrews fits on the 2009 list, which comes out Friday. Yes, this is a photo of the same guy above, if you haven’t been watching the KTLA 10 o’clock news for the last couple of years.

He’ll be the focus of the feature story we’ve done, so pay attention to how someone can go from bottom to top in five not-so-easy steps… or at least change one reporter’s opinion about his work.

(Unfortunately, he’s on vacation this week. His last day before taking the rest of the week off was Monday, when we caught up with him at the KTLA studios. That night, the 10 o’clock news was pre-empted by that slow-speed car chase — more than a full hour, so the sports report on A-Rod’s steroid admission, etc., was furloghed.)

Some more background on Andrews, the 41-year-old Cerritos native:


== His KTLA bio (linked here)
== His stats from Eastern Washington (thanks to EWU sports information director Dave Cook):

1989-90 (senior season): 29 games, 0 starts, 7.9 minutes per game, 25-for-47 FG (53.2 percent), 20-for-40 FT (50 percent), 1.4 rebounds per game, 2.4 points per game. Team finished 18-11 and lost the Big Sky Conference championship game, 65-62, to Idaho on a 3-pointer at the buzzer)
1988-89 (redshirt with a knee injury)
1987-88 (junior season): 25 games, 14 starts, 21.3 minutes per game, 49-for-112 FG (43.8 percent), 48-for-72 FT (66.7 percent), 3.7 rebounds per game, 5.6 points per game. Team finished 6-21. Scored a career-best 14 points against Murray State in the Bayou Classic tournament, and 13 the next night against Northwestern State. Scored 12 points with nine rebounds against Nevada-Reno.
At Cerritos Junior College: avreaged 6.7 points and 5.6 rebounds, honorable mention All-South Coast Conference as a sophomore.
1985 graduate of Cerritos High: All San Gabriel League selection as a season. Played basketball and football.

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