We could report on more of the hirings by Time Warner Cable SportsNet, as we already have, or we could wait until the network makes things official by issuing a press release.
So here’s a paraphrase of the release:
James Worthy, Chris McGee, Dave Miller and Mike Trudell are joining the network’s on-air team, said Mark Shuken, Senior Vice President and General Manager of TWC Sports Regional Networks.
Time Warner Cable SportsNet launches on October 1, along with its sister network Time Warner Cable Deportes.
TWC will have SportsNet on Channel 403, and the Spanish-language version on Channel 481.
So far there are no any other carriers signed up. Prepare for that to stay the same until after Oct. 1.
“As a sports network new to Southern California viewers, our number one priority is to connect directly with fans and we’re confident that James Worthy, Chris McGee, Dave Miller and Mike Trudell will tell the stories fans want to hear while narrating the games they can’t miss,” said Shuken. “They are all well-known and respected by Southern California sports fans because they have the expertise and insight to give our viewers an immersive Lakers viewing experience.”
Worthy, who had been working as a studio analyst on KCAL-Channel 9, will do the same at TWC SN. Perhaps he’ll do some more homework this season. Or at least learn how to pronounce some of the guy’s names.
McGee, who worked nine years at Fox Sports West, will be a studio anchor. Miller, a contributor on KSPN-AM 710, will be a studio analyst and reporter. Trudell, covering the team for Lakers.com, will stay on as a sideline reporter.
Heidi Watney, as reported earlier, was hired but then unhired.
A TWC SN spokesperson said: “Heidi Watney and Time Warner Cable Sports have reached an agreement that allows Heidi to leave the organization to pursue other opportunities. Both parties entered into their original agreement some months ago with the best of intentions, but as Time Warner Cable Sports has evolved toward its official launch, the talent needs of the network have been altered. Heidi and Time Warner Cable Sports have parted on good terms. Heidi is extremely talented and TWC Sports expects that she will have great success in her next role and throughout her entire career. We wish her well in her future endeavors.”
It was previously announced that Bill Macdonald and Stu Lantz would stay as the play-by-play and game analysts.
What has yet to be announced is John Ireland’s role for the network. Ireland remains the radio play-by-play man for games on KSPN-AM (710).