Weekly media column version 08.24.12


What made it into today’s newspaper as the weekly media column (linked here): A shortened version of the Q&A with artist Peter Chen that ran on the blog here earlier on Thursday, as well as the story on services for KABC-Channel 7 Artie Williams III.

What didn’t make the paper version:

== It was the closing graphic that came up on the screen for the KCAL-Channel 9 coverage of the Dodgers’ 4-1 loss on Tuesday to the Giants … but then it was fixed:


== Chris “Geeter” McGee has left Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket, where he was set to call the first high school football game of the season tonight, and is said to be awaiting his official hiring announcement at the new Time Warner Cable Sports Channel, presumably to work on the Lakers’ telecast as well as do studio shows. McGee’s last assignment for FSW was the Angels’ post-game show last Sunday. Justin Alderson, who had been doing play-by-play on the Fox Prep Zone video streaming website games, will replace him starting with tonight’s Covina-West Covina telecast, with John Jackson as the analyst and Michelle Yu on the sidelines.

The speculation is that McGee’s hiring has to do with rumors that Heidi Watney may not still be on the TWC roster doing Lakers sidelines (linked here on The BigLead.com).. TWC spokespeople remain mum.

== CBS Sports Network has assigned Dave Ryan, Ron Zook and sideline reporter Evan Washburn to call UCLA’s football opener at Rice next Thursday (4:30 p.m.). Tim Brewster, the former Minnesota head coach who was part of the Fox coverage last year and then hired by CBS Sports Network in the offseason, had been set to the game analyst but Mississippi State hired him suddenly last Sunday after receivers coach Angelo Mirando resigned in the wake of an NCAA investigation.

== Kings TV analyst Jim Fox throws up the ceremonial first pitch at Dodger Stadium tonight before the Dodgers-Marlins contest to promote L.A. Kings Night.

== Website domain names registered earlier this month that include LASports980.com, TheFan980.com and Sports980LA.com has led to more speculation that KFWB-AM (980) will eventually become the local affiliate for the CBS Sports Radio national network in January, according to a report by the RadioInsight.com blog.

== A DirecTV spokesman continues to offer up only that the company “remains in discussion on both fronts” with the Pac-12 Network that launched last week as well as with the upcoming Time Warner Cable Sports Channels that will debut Oct. 1.

== Someone without much common sense has decided Vin Scully belongs on a list of “homer” baseball broadcasters because “having spent more than 60 seasons with the Dodgers, it’d be hard not to be a bit of a homer.” Nice logic (see it in its full glory on the esteemed BleacherReport.com)

The first live USC event on the Pac-12 Network is a defending NCAA champion women’s home soccer match against Minnesota on Sunday at 1 p.m.


== Joe Posnanski, the columnist for the yet-to-be-launchedSportsOnEarth.com website whose book on the life of Joe Paterno was recently released, will be a guest on Bob Costas’ “Costas Tonight” airing Wednesday (6 p.m., NBC Sports Network). The show will also feature the entire interview – including never-before-seen footage – that Costas did on Nov. 14, 2011 with now-convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, which first aired exclusively on “Rock Center with Brian Williams.”

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  • Tyson Collins

    That Alderson guy is the next big thing. Anyone
    who can make a 34-0 game entertaining has my respect!
    Great hire by the Fox folks!