Somewhat overlooked in the propagandizing process of the Dodgers launching their new TV channel, pulling guys here and there to be part of studio shows, game analysts and reporter types, is who’ll be pulling up a chair to man the radio booth on a daily basis for the 2014 season.
It’s a fluid concept, they tell us. Probably for the better of everyone.
Meaning, on a typical game that’s televised by SportsNet L.A. — about 150 of them, if they’re not taken by ESPN or Fox – Vin Scully does the nine innings on TV, and KLAC-AM (570) simulcasts the first three as usual. Then, the radio team of Charley Steiner and Rick Monday goes the rest of the way.
On games when Scully isn’t involved — roadies beyond the NL West borders — Steiner moves to TV with Orel Hershiser, and Monday moves from analyst to play-by-play on the radio, partnered with Nomar Garciaparra.
There will be some mix-and-match opportunities along the way, sometimes without notice, depending on the need for someone to be at the El Segundo studios for pre- and post-game, at the stadium for pre- and post-game, etc.
So with the exhibition season starting Wednesday, here’s a sample of how KLAC-AM (570) will prepare with a variety of partnerships:
=Wednesday, vs. Arizona in Phoenix, 12:10 p.m.: Steiner and Monday (pregame at 11:30 a.m.)
=Thursday, vs. Arizona in Glendale, Ariz., 12:05 p.m.: Steiner and Monday
=Friday, vs. Chicago White Sox in Glendale, Ariz., 12:05 p.m., Monday and Garciaparra
=Saturday, vs. Milwaukee, 12:05 p.m., Monday and Garciaparra
=Sunday, vs. San Diego, 12:05 p.m., Monday and Garciaparra
Monday vs. Oakland, Tuesday vs. Seattle: No radio coverage
=March 5 vs. Cincinnati, 6:05 p.m., Monday and Garciaparra
=March 6 vs. Angels, 12:05 p.m., Monday and Garciaparra
=March 7 vs. Texas, 12:05 p.m., Monday (solo, unless they add someone)
=March 8 vs. Texas (SS), 12:05 p.m., Steiner and Monday
=March 9 vs. San Francisco, 1:05 p.m. (daylight savings kicks in) Monday (solo)
March 10 vs. Oakland, March 11 vs. Kansas City: No radio coverage
=March 12 vs. Arizona: Monday (solo)
=March 13 vs. Cincinnati, March 14 vs. Chicago Cubs, March 15 vs. San Diego: No radio (UCLA involved in Pac-12 basketball tournament)
=March 16 vs. Colorado, 1:05 p.m., Steiner and Monday
March 21 vs. Team Australia, 1 a.m., no radio coverage
*-March 22-23 vs. Arizona in Australia, 1 a.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Saturday PDT: Steiner and Monday (regular season games)
=March 27-29 vs. Angels, Steiner and Monday
The Dodgers’ Spanish-language partner, KTNQ-AM (1020) has Wednesday’s opener, as well as March 1-2, March 8-9, March 15-16 and March 28.
The way it’ll work this spring on the SportsNet L.A. TV coverage: Scully does Wednesday and Thursday’s games. He’s also back for Sunday, March 9 and Sunday, March 16. Then he’s in Australia for the two regular-season games against Arizona, and back for the March 27-29 series against the Angels. When he’s away, Steiner and Hershiser do the TV broadcasts.