Top 10/Bottom 5 L.A. TV anchors, reporters, studio analysts and personalities for 2013

An ad from a 1979 TV Guide touting Jim Hill, via an sale. He was at then-KNXT-Channel 2 from 1976-’87, went to KABC-Channel 7 (1987-92) and returned to KCBS-Channel 2. Does he look all that much different more than 30 years later?

From the days of Tom Kelly, Tom Harmon, Fast Eddie Alexander, Ted Dawson, Stu Nahan, Eddie Arnold, Vic Jacobs, Jim Lampley, Keith Olbermann and Randy Sprague:


1. JIM HILL, KCBS Channel 2/KCAL Channel 9 anchor / reporter:
The hustle and flow continues. One day, at Laker practice. The next, the MC at Jerry Buss’ memorial service.
Last year: No. 2 Continue reading

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C’mon, the ’72 Bruins basketball team should get a better path through the Ultimate Bracket compared to 73 others

UCLA’s ’73 basketball team against the ’69 team? The ’71 squad against the ’67 team?

Wouldn’t the ’72 team squash ’em all?

Part of CBS’ recognition of the 75 years of the NCAA men’s basketball championship is setting up a mythical 74-team bracket — from the 1939 Oregon Ducks to the 2012 Kentucky Wildcats. And including all 11 UCLA title teams in between.

“The Ultimate Bracket” takes up two hours of CBS Sports Network cable channel programming on Saturday (4-to-6 p.m.). Greg Gumbel is joined by Clark Kellogg, Seth Davis, Mateen Cleaves, Wally Szcerbiak and college basketball columnist Gary Parrish.

A computer was used to simulate each game — 50,000 times — factoring in each team’s average margin of victory, pace-adjusted team and player stats and strength-of-schedule. Continue reading

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Saturday, 5 a.m., Westwood … Not a CalTrans road closure, but a diversion to Pauley

UCLA’s last home basketball game of the season Saturday night (6 p.m., ESPN) actually begins 13 hours earlier.

ESPN’s College GameDay studio show (above, with Rece Davis,  Jalen Rose, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas) will come out of Pauley Pavilion starting at 7 a.m. on ESPNU and continues at 8 a.m. on ESPN. Then it’s back at 5 p.m. on ESPN, leading into the game telecast.

Will Pauley be empty? Nope. UCLA said that fans will be allowed to enter the arena for the morning show as early as 5 a.m. Admission is free but “fans must wear blue or UCLA gear to be admitted,” the school said.

Bilas, who will come back later to call the game that night with Dan Shulman and Samantha Ponder, said he’s been concerned about whether UCLA fans will show up that early.

“The last time we were at UCLA it was phenomenal, they had a great turnout,” he said. “They love giving Digger a hard time. He calls Pauley his second home.

“I live in Charlotte, North Carolina and not a day goes by when I don’t miss Southern California. So I’m always asking, “Why can’t we do it outside?” In football season, you’re doing that. So what if it’s dark and 60 degrees out.”

If UCLA fans are having trouble sleeping during the game, maybe the thought of seeing this next week willl wake things up. (Nice diversity of players, too, modeling the jerseys).

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Top 10/Bottom 5 L.A. sports-talk hosts for 2013

As mentioned in a previous blog post, better late than never (with more to come). This is Year 21 in doing this for the L.A. Daily News (for those counting) and even three previous years before that exclusively at the Daily Breeze.

So, with a tip o’ the cap to Ed “Superfan” Bieler, Tommy Hawkins, Joe McDonnell, Dave Smith, Chet Forte, Steve Edwards and Eric Tracy, we present: Continue reading

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The annual media rankings: If there are no further objections, let the ’13 lists begin

We’ve gone later into the year for the first time in more than two decades to finally release the annual best and worst of the L.A. sports media rankings, and there’s no good logical acceptable reason for it. Except we had internal debates on how to freshen it up, make sure no sharks had been jumped, and take better advantage of the current media platforms.

Did we feel deep down that it had run its course, and we’d move onto another topics? Perhaps. It’s not back so much by popular demand — at least not those who inquired via email, texts or pointed fingers in the face. But more because of its intended purpose: Start conversations that lead to better solutions.

Is there a reason why one local sports-talk show host generates listeners than another? Let’s talk about why. What makes him (or her) turn you off? The same for a local TV sports anchor, studio host, game play-by-play man and analyst.

We’ve got the tools to take this into different mediums, so we hope to use as many as possible. My opinions are just a starting point. Yours are what keeps it moving in whatever direction you want it to go.

Launching Friday, the Top 10 and Bottom 5 of the local radio sports-talk show hosts/reporters (as well as a brief ranking of the national guys), and — bonus coverage ,the Top 10/Bottom 5 of the TV talkers.

On March 8, we’ll have both rankings for the play-by-play and analysts.

In the past, we’d try to get this out in January or February, and this was long before the Southern California Sports Broadcasters even held their own ceremony for such folly. Let’s see how it goes from here. Reader response — and media representative hand-wringing — could determine its future from this point forward.

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