Weekly media column version 09.27.13: Kiss ’em goodbye

DSC02498DSC02500DSC02502Above: During KCAL’s farewell montage at the end of Wednesday’s Dodgers-Giants game coverage, included was a clip of Vin Scully blowing a kiss to the Dodger Stadium patrons (with producer Boyd Robertson looking on in amusement):

What made it into this week’s compilation:

The Dodgers’ fun run at Prime Ticket and KCAL-Channel 9 has reached a melancholy ending, so where do we go from here with SportsNet L.A.? (A version of the blog post we had Thursday afternoon).

What didn’t make it into the column or notes:

== The Kings will pop up on KCOP-Channel 13 with Bob Miller and Jim Fox for their exhibition game in Las Vegas against the New York Rangers (tonight, 7:30 p.m.), but there’s no TV coverage of their Saturday night game at the MGM Grand against Colorado. Both games are on KTLK-AM (1150).
The Kings’ 2013-14 season opener against Minnesota on Thursday, Oct. 3 is an NBC Sports Network telecast, with Dave Strader and Brian Enblom. The Kings also have to move their radio coverage that night to KRLA-AM (870) with Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans on the call because of conflicts with coverage of the Dodgers playoff game on KLAC-AM (570) and UCLA’s football game against Utah (moving to KTLK 1150).
The Kings have also maintained radio affiliates in Ventura (KTVA-AM 1520), Santa Clarita (KHTS-AM 1220), Banning (KMET-AM 1490), Ridgecrest (KLOA-AM 1240), Palmdale (KOSS-AM 1380) and Palm Springs (KPTR-AM 1450).

== The Chicago Blackhawks’ banner-raising ceremony against Washington starts the NBCSN coverage (Tuesday, 5 p.m.).

== “NHL Center Ice,” the out-of-market package of hockey games distributed by iN Demand, will be free with a 19-day preview from Oct. 1-19. Those who order the package by Oct. 31 will pay $159.96. More info: www.nhl.com/centerice.

== As Keith Olbermann takes on a previously agreed upon commitment to man the TBS studio during the NL and AL wild card and divisional championship series (with Pedro Martinez and Tom Verducci), ESPN has started filling in his “Olbermann” show with replacement parts — starting with Larry King, who goes from Tuesday-Thursday next week. King is supposed to also appear as a guest on Olbermann’s show tonight. After that, Jeremy Schaap guest hosts Oct. 8-10, and Colin Cowherd does it Oct. 15-17. Olbermann will leave the show on Monday and return Oct. 21.

== Olberman, Martinez and Verducci debut on Sunday prior to the TBS coverage of Pittsburgh-Cincinnati (10 a.m.) with Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz, which should interest Dodgers followers. Fox also has Pittsburgh-Cincinnati (Saturday, 10 a.m., Channel 11) with Matt Vasgersian, Tim McCarver and Ken Rosenthal

== NBA TV has revived the “NBA Inside Stuff” with former Clippers guard Grant Hill co-hosting with Kristen Ledlow starting on Nov. 2. The series last aired in 2005 after launching in 1990 with Ahmad Rashad, Julie Moran, Willow Bay and Summer Sanders over the years.

== ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit says there should be a penalty for college football programs that schedule “slaughterhouse” games. Forbes’ Patrick Rishe has a reaction worth reading.

== Just because Shaquille O’Neal wants to buy a share of the Sacramento Kings doesn’t preclude him from working on TNT’s NBA coverage.

== Turns out NBC Sports Net got its money’s worth with carrying the America’s Cup.

== The NFL Network looks at the late Steve Sabol and his run at NFL Films during the next episode of the one-hour documentary “A Football Life” on Tuesday at 6 p.m. Actor Josh Charles narrates, with remembrances from Sabol’s parents, Ed and Audrey, wife Penny Ashman, sister Blair Sabol, NFL Films producer Bob Ryan and film director Peter Berg.

== The recent Reebok CrossFit Games from the StubHub Center in Carson will be spread out on four episodes on ESPN and ESPN2 starting Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. The 12 episodes originally were on ESPN3.com in July.

== Why Fox decided Craig James was too darn polarizing.

== ESPN Radio will start airing a three-hour version of the Dan LeBatard Show starting Monday in the 1-4 p.m. hour, more likely to be heard on the ESPN affiliate KLAA-AM (830) than the L.A. version of KSPN-AM (710), which already has its local shows embedded. ESPN Radio is also on Sirius XM Channel 84. LeBarard will continue doing his “Highly Questionable” weekday shows airing at 1 p.m. on ESPN2 (taped a couple hours ahead of time).

== Time Warner Cable is launching the NBC Extra Time package that shows all Premier League matches that NBC hasn’t place on their other channels. The channels are available on 744-748 in standard def, and 749-753 on high def on the variety tier, without any additional subscription costs.

== And finally:
A broadcaster makes a comment about Katherine Webb sitting in the stands, so she busts off her top and starts eating a national chain hamburger. Could that actually happen? Behind the scenes on a commercial that’s about to launch:


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