Vin Scully memories from the media: Jon Weisman

At the January, 2016 Fan Fest at Dodger Stadium, Jon Weisman, left, managed to get into the same photo as Vin Scully. "It's my only picture with Vin, and as you can see, it’s not really a picture with Vin, but a picture of Vin that I simply happen to be in. I didn’t have the opportunity to talk with him that day. But I was just so happy to be in his world." (Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2016)

At the January, 2016 Fan Fest at Dodger Stadium, Jon Weisman, left, managed to get into the same photo as Vin Scully. “It’s my only picture with Vin, and as you can see, it’s not really a picture with Vin, but a picture of Vin that I simply happen to be in. I didn’t have the opportunity to talk with him that day. But I was just so happy to be in his world.” (Photo by Jon SooHoo/©Los Angeles Dodgers,LLC 2016)

They 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:

september-25-commemorative-dodger-insider-coverJon Weisman, director of digital and print content for the Dodgers, is editor of the Dodgers Insider blog. He authored the recently updated “100 Things Dodgers Fans Should Know & Do Before You Die” and was editor of the “Dodger Thoughts” blog before that. He also  was a staff writer at the L.A. Times and L.A. Daily News, where part of his beat was  covering the sports media.
In his current role, Weisman has selected some of the most iconic Scully photos to grace the covers of the yearbook as well as the Dodger Insider magazine.
Weisman may also be known to some Dodgers fans as a feature participant in the documentary “Bluetopia,” which chronicles him as a writer at Variety nervously going to conduct an interview with Scully.
He shares these Scully thoughts:

jonweisman“When I came to work for the Dodgers nearly three years ago, after 40-plus years of being a fan and more than a decade writing about them, there were obviously all kinds of hopes and dreams attached to that move. Not surprisingly, high among them was the fantasy of working with Vin Scully, chatting with him, having a relationship with him, having him adopt me, moving into his house … oh, sorry. Really, just kidding about that last part.

“But in all seriousness, the reality — and trust me, I don’t say this with a morsel of bitterness — is that my interaction with Vin has been rare. It’s been fleeting. It’s just how things are. I don’t work on the broadcast, so even though I’m in the reporters’ side of the press box regularly, our paths can go months without crossing.  (I will say that my ability to run into him in the dining area at suppertime has been uncommonly bad.) Continue reading

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College football Week 5 in the L.A. TV market: Beth Mowins on UCLA, Joe Davis on USC

Beth Mowins, not as she will appear in the Rose Bowl press box on Saturday. (Photo: ESPN)

Beth Mowins, not as she will appear in the Rose Bowl press box on Saturday. (Photo: ESPN)

Week 5 is the earliest in a season that a single week has featured three Top 10 matchups – in or out of conference play — according to ESPN research.
None of those games, of course, involves USC or UCLA.
Beth Mowins, who has made a mark as a potential full-time NFL play-by-play broadcaster in her recent work doing Raiders’ exhibition games, has the call of UCLA-Arizona from the Rose Bowl (Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN) with former NFL (St. Louis Rams) and University of West Virginia tight end Anthony Becht and Rocky Boiman.
Meanwhile, Dodgers play-by-play man Joe Davis has a second week in a row calling USC as he does the Trojans playing host to Arizona State at the Coliseum (Saturday, 5:30 p.m., Channel 11) with Brady Quinn and Jenny Taft.

In the Pac-12:
= Stanford at Washington, Friday at 6 p.m., ESPN, with Joe Tessitore, Todd Blackledge and Holly Rowe
= Oregon State at Colorado, Saturday at 11:30 a.m., Pac-12 Network, J.B. Long, Glenn Parker, Jill Savage
= Utah at Cal, Saturday at 3 p.m., Pac-12 Network, Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth, Cindy Brunson
= Oregon at Washington State, Saturday at 6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network, Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron, Lewis Johnson

The best of the rest:
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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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