Photo by Michael Owen Baker/
What’s included in this week’s media column (linked here): A shortened Q-and-A with Kings’ Hockey Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller, who today celebrates his 74th birthday but without a ring ceremony at Staples Center. It’s from the earlier blog post on Thursday. The sidebar is a condensed version of the blog post also Thursday on “Kings Insider” Rich Hammond leaving his post after three years.
What’s not included:
== The Clippers’ exhibition game in Shanghai against the Miami Heat appears on NBA TV on Saturday night at 9:30 p.m. (it’s actually being played Sunday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. in China) and will unfortunately continue to use the Heat broadcast team of Eric Reid on play-by-play and Tony Fiorentino as the analyst. The Clippers’ Ralph Lawler and Michael Smith are with the Clippers and doing the game on KFWB-AM (980).
Said Lawler via email earlier today: “The time difference is a scant 15 hours. We are happy to be doing the game on radio and thrilled to be on this extraordinary adventure. It is a little challenging in as much as the engineer did not speak a word of English. Happily, the NBA had people who helped get us on and keep us on the air. It has been a good bonding experience for the team and great to have my wife Jo and daughter Dawn on board.”
== Gus Johnson, Charles Davis and Julia Alexandria are on Fox’s coverage of USC-Washington from Seattle (4 p.m., Saturday, Channel 11), which follows the UCLA-Utah game from the Rose Bowl (noon, Saturday, Channel 11), called by Craig Bolerjack, Joel Klatt and Petros Papadakis.
== It was Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith who did this interview with the Dodgers’ Vin Scully on KLAC-AM (570)’s “PMS” show earlier this week (linked here). A day earlier, Papadakis was with his dad, John, accepting a new sign that will mark Papadakis Square at the corner of 6th Street and Centre in San Pedro, given to them by L.A. City councilman Joe Buscaino. The Papadakis Taverna was located on that corner for 38 years before closing in 2010. A new Greek restaurant, the Limani Taverna, is now open at the same location. The renaming of the corner was done during the ceremonies Monday for the San Pedro Walk of Fame.
== The rest of the Pac-12 (excluding Thursday night’s Arizona State-Colorado game on ESPN2): Stanford at Notre Dame (Channel 4, 12:30 p.m.) has Tom Hammond and Mike Mayock, Oregon State at BYU (Channel 7, 12:30 p.m.) has Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham and Jeannine Edwards, and Cal at Washington State (7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network) has Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker and Ryan Nece.
== ESPN’s “College GameDay” crew will be in South Bend, Ind. (Saturday, 6 a.m.) for the first time in seven years — that would be the Oct. 15, 2005 USC-Notre Dame game — meaning Kirk Herbstreit has to jet out of there to get to the South Carolina at LSU game (ESPN, 5 p.m.) with Brent Musburger and Heather Cox. Texas vs. Oklahoma in Dallas (Channel 7, 9 a.m.) has Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe. Alabama-Missouri (Channel 2, 12:30 p.m.) has Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson.
== It was Carroll Hoff “Beano” Cook who once said: “I don’t want to die in the middle of the football season. I have to know who’s No. 1 in the last polls.”
ESPN president George Bodenheimer said it Thursday on the passing of the longtime college football analyst: “He was one of a kind. There never was and never will be another Beano. His combination of humor, passion, love of college football and his engaging personality left an indelible mark on the sport and touched anyone who knew him.”
More from ESPN (linked here and linked here).
== The NFL Network announced the hiring of reporter Andrea Kremer as the “chief correspondent” of a new unit that will cover NFL player health and safety issues. Producer Arash Ghadishah , who worked for ABC’s “Nightline,” was also added to the team. Kremer will continue to be a correspondent for HBO’s “Real Sports.”
“Andrea’s journalistic credentials, particularly in regards to reporting on the NFL, speak for themselves and we’re thrilled to add her talents to NFL Network,” said NFL Network Executive Producer Eric Weinberger. “Reporting on player health and safety across the league is a key initiative for NFL Network and Andrea will do an outstanding job covering this issue.”
== It was tweeted out earlier this week by Fox’s Erin Andrews: “Hoping I can bust these beauties out during the playoffs @MLBONFOX @HunterBoots” along with a photo of these boots.
Again, probably nothing you’d ever see tweeted out by Kremer.
== During the MLB Network coverage of Wednesday’s Cardinals-Nationals playoff game, Bob Costas sent the action to reporter Sam Ryan, who had an update about the home-run saving Game 2 catch St. Louis’ Jon Jay made a day earlier.
“That was a catch that was a trending topic on Twitter and he told me he was really excited when Matt Kemp tweeted ‘Wow, Jon Jay, what a play.’ He said, ‘I look at Matt Kemp as one of the best center fielders in the game.’ He was really excited about that. He said his cell phone was just buzzing with all the text messages.’” That resulted in SBNation.com’s Rob Neyer to reply: “I long for the day when it’s no longer considered newsworthy when a baseball player gets a bunch of text messages when he does something.”
Neyer was responding via Twitter.
== Why would Stan Van Gundy be upset with ESPN and the NBA? Good reasons (linked here).
== beIN Sport has today’s U.S. vs. Antiqua & Barbuda (3:55 p.m.) soccer game for the 2014 World Cup qualifier. ESPN2 has Tuesday’s U.S.-Guatemala contest (4:15 p.m.) from Kansas City. The schedule (linked here).
== The NFL broadcast roster for this weekend: CBS has only one game, and they’ve picked Oakland at Atlanta (with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf, 10 a.m., Channel 2), rather than Indianapolis-N.Y. Jets (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms) or New England-Seattle (a 1 p.m. start). Fox has Dallas at Baltimore (10 a.m., Channel 11 with Sam Rosen and Brian Billick) and N.Y. Giants at San Francisco (1:25 p.m., Channel 11 with Thom Brennaman subbing for Joe Buck to go with Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver, although there has been some discussion about Buck covering this game as well before heading to Pac Bell Park to do the Giants’ first game of the NLCS set for 5 p.m. Sunday on Channel 11). There’s also the Green Bay-Houston game (Channel 4, 5:20 p.m. with Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth).
== And finally:
Don Barrett at LARadio.com wrote this earlier in the week about the passing of Bob Rowe, a longtime Angels broadcast fixture at the old KMPC-AM (710), who died on Sept. 23 in Littleton, New Hampshire after a 17-month battle with cancer:
A native Angeleno, dubbed “Dr. Angel Fever” by Robert W. Morgan, Bob started with KMPC in 1966 working the “Sportswire.” When fans called “Webster 8-3000,” they got sports scores from around the country.
Two years later Bob became the sports producer, coordinating broadcasts of the Angels, Rams and UCLA Bruins. “I was anxious to get on the air and the opportunity came in 1972,” Bob told me when I interviewed him for Los Angeles Radio People.
Bob did fill-in news and sports. “In 1979 my career really flourished when I was given the talk show following the Angels games. I did that right up until 1994 when the station was sold to CapCities. Despite my 28 years at the station, the new owners never gave me the courtesy of an interview before they bought the station. But I was hired a month after the sale to continue my “AngelTalk” shows and teamed with my old boss, Steve Bailey, to do a memorial tribute to Jim Healy who died in July 1994.”
The project won a Golden Mike award for best documentary. “I was not re-hired for the 1995 baseball season. Nobody ever explained why.”
Bob was born on October 5, 1942, in Los Angeles. He played baseball at Poly High School in Sun Valley, and graduated from Don Martin Radio School in 1961. He worked as a disc jockey at KACY-Oxnard and KUTY-Palmdale, before entering the U.S. Army in 1964. In 1981 he met his wife, Nancy Angerstein. They were married on October 31, 1981. They celebrated their 30th anniversary in 2011, at their favorite resort in Northern California.
Donations in Bob’s memory may be made to North Country Home Health & Hospice Agency, 536 Cottage Street, Littleton, NH 03561, or to Faith Bible Church.