The Media Learning Curve: Jan. 14-21


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Hans Gutknecht/Daily News Staff Photographer

Three more things you probably don’t know about KCAL Channel 9/KCBS Channel 2 sports anchor Jaime Maggio (even after today’s feature story, linked here):

= Her younger brother is in the Army and has spent the last two Christmases in Afghanistan, including his 21st birthday. “I love to do stories that are military-related, and I hope I get more opportunties to do more of them,” she said. “I’ve got a soft spot for them.”

= She’s probably traveled to more countries than you could find on a globe: Indonesia, Hong Kong, Vienna, England, France, Taiwan. “I’m planning a trip soon to Costa Rica,” she says. “I usually try to not just visit the big cities, but also go into the smaller villages where the people are really hurting, and try to offer help. It’s really eyeopening.”
It goes along with the fact that she’s served on the Steering Committee for the Cedars-Sinai Sports Spectacular since 2006, a group that has raised more than $20 million to benefit the life-saving work of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Genetics Institute.

= “I can also make a pizza from scratch,” she says, without a hint of boasting.

Meanwhile, the other things of note in TV media land:

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== Your NFL this weekend for two of the final three games of the season — not counting next Sunday’s Pro Bowl in Honolulu:

= NFC championship: Green Bay at Chicago, noon, Channel 11 (pregame begins at 11 a.m.), with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Chris Myers and Pam Oliver, plus NFL rules analyst Mike Pereira. Westwood One radio has Kevin Harlan, Randy Cross and Mark Malone.

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= AFC championship: New York Jets at Pittsburgh, 3:30 p.m., Channel 2 (pregame begins at 3 p.m.), with Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Steve Tasker. Westwood One radio has Dave Sims, James Lofton and Hub Arkush.

= The NFL Network has a six-hour “NFL Gameday Morning” edition start 6 a.m. with Rich Eisen, Marshall Faulk, Steve Mariucci, Michael Irvin, Warren Sapp, Rod Woodson, Kurt Warner, Deion Sanders, Joe Theismann, Brian Billick and Jim Mora. After the NFC title game, Paul Burmeister, Jamie Dukes and Tom Waddle have postgame analysis in a four-hour “Scoreboard” show. After the AFC championship game, Eisen, Sanders, Mariucci and Irvin have the “GameDay Final” at 7 p.m.

= HBO2 will also jump in by reairing all five hour-long eposide of its preseason “Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the New York Jets,” starting Saturday at 3 p.m.

== Paul Burmeister, Mike Mayock, Charles Davis, Stacey Dales and Lindsay Soto are part of the NFL Network’s coverage of the East-West Shrine Game in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday at 1 p.m. USC tight end Jordan Cameron and UCLA defensive tackle David Carter are on the West squad.

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== The AMA Supercross event from Dodger Stadium on Saturday night airs tape-delay on CBS (Sunday, 9 to 10 a.m., Channel 2) with Ralph Sheheen, Jeff Emig and Erin Bates on the call.

== Versus announced an extension of its contract to cover AEG’s Amgen Tour of California cycling race, which this year runs eight stages from May 15-22, ending in Thousand Oaks, and this year including a mountain stage at Mt. Baldy. Versus has done the event for the last four years and see average viewership grown of 46 percent, with last year’s event seen by 3 million viewers (there were 1.5 million in 2007). Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen will continue to call it, with reporter Bob Roll.

== Mike Tirico, Mark Jackson and Jeff Van Gundy are on ESPN’s coverage of the Lakers’ game at Denver (tonight, 7:30 p.m.)

== HBO’s next “Real Sports” (Tuesday, 10 a.m.) includes two media-related pieces: Host Bryant Gumbel feels the need to go one-on-one with Troy Aikman, who will be Joe Buck’s game analyst on Super Bowl XVL, and Mary Carillo does a look at how Peter King does his NFL insider job for Sports Illustrated and the “Monday Morning Quarterback” column.

== There’s also news about the CBS/Turner combo package on the upcoming NCAA men’s basketball tournament (linked here), how KABC (790) DodgerTalk co-host Ken Levine will return to call some Seattle Mariners games this season (linked here), how ESPN has embedded itself into the University of Texas (linked here), and what alternative USC might have had instead of re-upping its radio deal with KSPN (710) (linked here).

AND FINALLY:

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== Rob Stone and Randy Pedersen are back to call the Pro Bowling Association’s Tournament of Champions final round live on ABC (Saturday, Channel 7, 11:30 a.m.), with Kelly Kulick, the first woman to ever win a PBA Tour event, back to defend her title.

Included in the telecast: The band “Bowling for Soup” will also perform their new single, “Saturday Night,” from the lanes. It definitely beat the “Bay City Rollers” version of a song with a similar title.

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