NFL Week 4 in the L.A. TV market: Rams-Cards in AZ forces itself on the St. Louis market, too

hi-res-6790696_crop_northThe Rams’ game in Arizona is locked in with a third consecutive week of Fox broadcasting — Sunday, 1:25 p.m., Channel 11, with Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis, with Peter Schrager.
The game is so popular, it only goes to nine percent of the nation (and that includes force-feeding it to St. Louis, the city that one had and lost both these teams).
Meanwhile, San Diego is hosting New Orleans, also Sunday, also at 1:25 p.m., and also a Fox game, with Chris Myers and Ronde Barber. But not in L.A. And only to five percent of the nation.
Meanwhile, take the battle of logos — Dallas at San Francisco — in that same late afternoon Fox TV window, with Joe Buck and Troy Aikman. It goes to the remaining 84 percent of the nation.
Both Fox and CBS are given two games to carry on this Sunday, but Fox has the more flexible doubleheader. Here’s how it lays out:

Thursday:
= Miami at Cincinnati: 5:25 p.m., NFL Network only, with the CBS crew of Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Wolfson
Sunday:
= Indianapolis vs. Jacksonville at Wembley Stadium in London, 6:30 a.m., Channel 2, with Greg Gumbel and Trent Green. Goes to everyone.
= Oakland at Baltimore, 10 a.m., Channel 2 with Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker and Steve Beuerlein (instead of Tennessee at Houston, Cleveland at Washington and Buffalo at New England in this window, as well as Denver at Tampa Bay in the afternoon window.)
= Seattle at N.Y. Jets, 10 a.m., Channel 11 with Kevin Burkhardt and John Lynch with Pam Oliver (instead of Carolina at Atlanta and Detroit at Chicago)
= Kansas City at Pittsburgh, 5:25 p.m., Channel 4 with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Monday:
= N.Y. Giants at Minnesota, 5:25 p.m., ESPN with Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Walters
(Green Bay and Philadelphia have a bye week)

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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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