Vin Scully memories from the media: Brent Shyer

untitled_0921201607014000They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the Dodgers’ media-related front office.  As Scully heads into his final broadcast at San Francisco on Sunday, here are some more of their stories:

Brent Shyer worked closely with Vin Scully as Dodgers’ Director of Broadcasting, Publications and New Media for 14 seasons. In 1998, Shyer also served as broadcast technical advisor for the movie, “For Love of the Game,” in which Scully starred as himself and called play-by-play during the baseball scenes. He shares these stories:

“Like most Dodger fans growing up in the Los Angeles area, I was truly blessed to have had the opportunity to listen to ‘that voice.’ The one and only voice that belongs to Vin Scully and is instantly recognizable.

“I became interested in baseball because of my Dad’s fondness for the Dodgers and Vin’s voice. My Dad always carried a transistor radio with him to listen to Vin. Even when we attended games at Dodger Stadium, Dad held the radio and listened to Vin, as if what he saw on the field with his eyes didn’t really happen until Vin said it did! Vin was as much a legend then as he is today and I knew from an early age he was very special. Through his unparalleled storytelling and tireless preparation, he taught us about the game, its players (for not just the Dodgers but the opposing team, as well), its history and traditions. But, more importantly, he has taught generations about life. Continue reading

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Vin Scully’s final game Sunday will be a full nine-inning radio, TV simulcast

Vin Scully, seated above the "G" in WMGM radio booth from Ebbets Field in 1953.

Vin Scully, seated above the “G” in WMGM radio booth from Ebbets Field in 1953.

The final game of Vin Scully’s broadcaster career with the Dodgers will be a nine-inning simulcast on SportsNet LA, KTLA-Channel 5 and KLAC-AM (570), the team announced Monday afternoon.
That game, on Sunday from San Francisco with a noon start, will be the last of Scully’s 67 years with the franchise.
The MLB Network and TBS are still considering the option of airing the game for a nation-wide audience.
For many years, the Dodgers have tried to appease both radio listeners and TV viewers by having just the first three innings simulcast, after which the radio team of Charley Steiner and Rick Monday would take the game to its conclusion on radio and Scully would remain on TV.
This decision that will help many who do not have TV access on Sunday to hear Scully’s final call, as well as for those around the world who can access it on the MLB app.
It’s also a suggestion we made in last Saturday’s column. Steiner as well told us would be happy to step aside for any Scully broadcast that affects his radio time.
Lon Rosen, the Dodgers executive vice president and chief marketing officer, said the decision was finally made because “we wanted to make sure that all of Vin’s fans are able to share” in his last broadcast.
Steiner and Monday are in agreement to allow Scully to do the entire game on radio as well.
The Giants have a tribute planned for Scully on Sunday as well as simulcasting the third inning of his call to its listeners on KNBR-AM (680) and on TV at Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.

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Vin Scully memories from the media: John Olguin

olguin1They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the Dodgers’ media-related front office.  As Scully heads into his final broadcast at San Francisco on Sunday, here are some more of their stories:

(Credit: Victorville Daily Press)

(Credit: Victorville Daily Press)

John Olguin, the VP of Communications with Chip Ganassi Racing, worked for the Dodgers from 1991 to 2005 as a vice president of public relations. He shares about Scully:

“I had the luxury of working with Vin for about 14 years with the Dodgers in a number of different capacities.  I started working with him as an intern and by the time I left as vice president of public relations.  When you grow up in Southern California you grow up listening to Vin so it is a little worrisome when you know you are going to finally get to meet him because you don’t want your bubble to be burst in case he is not everything that you hope he will be.  Well, the beauty of Vin Scully is that he is exactly what you think or hope he will be.  In fact, he is that and so much more.

It doesn’t matter if you are an intern, fan, executive, celebrity or anyone else – he treats everyone the same.  When he speaks to you, he has this ability to make you feel like you are the most important person in the world at that moment.  Nobody leaves a meeting with Vin without feeling great.  He has that much respect for everyone he comes in contact with.

“One fun memory for me was when I was an intern in 1991. ….

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Vin Scully memories from the media: Steve Brener

As Vin Scully reacts to the crowd at Dodgers Stadium during his final home game Sunday, publicist Steve Brener (second from left) shares the moment. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

As Vin Scully reacts to the crowd at Dodgers Stadium during his final home game Sunday, publicist Steve Brener (left, above stage manager Boyd Robertson) shares the moment. (Photo by David Crane, Los Angeles Daily News/SCNG)

They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the Dodgers’ media-related front office.  As a week-long tribute to Scully ends at Dodger Stadium with the last of his final seven home games, these are some of their stories:

Steve Brener’s bio as president of BZAPR.com explains how the Grant High, L.A. Valley College and Cal State Northridge grad joined the Dodgers’ public relations/publicity staff in 1970 and when he was promoted to director of publicity at the age of 24, he was the youngest at his job in MLB history. He had an 18 year run with the team before eventually creating his own PR company with partner Toby Zwikel, and his career has circled back to working for the Dodgers — this year, in particular, organizing Scully interview requests.

Brener shares these reflections: Continue reading

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