Vin Scully memories from the media: Josh Rawitch

(Photo by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2009)

(Photo by Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2009)

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

Josh Rawitch, the Senior Vice President of Content and Communications with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was the Dodgers’ Vice President of Communications and a member of the organization from 1995 to 2011. He covered the Dodgers as a daily beat reporter for MLB Advanced Media at one time after working in the Dodgers’ advertising and special events department as well as marketing and public relations.
Rawitch shares these memories of Scully:

cry-lpuw8aavdaq“I was an advertising intern in the mid ‘90s and having grown up idolizing him and wanting to become a Dodger broadcaster, meeting him for the first time is incredibly vivid in my mind. He was in line in front of me in the press box dining room (not yet named Dave’s Diner) and I worked up the courage to introduce myself to him. He shook my hand and said, ‘Hi, Josh. Nice to meet you.’
“Hearing the same voice in person that I had heard for so many years on radio and TV was almost jarring. I don’t think I expected him to sound exactly like he did as a broadcaster but of course, he did. There’s nothing phony about him, including his golden voice.
“I’ve had so many great interactions with him, it’s truly hard to pick one that sums him up. But everyone who has had the great fortune of knowing Vin knows that he really never complains. He’s always positive and friendly and upbeat with everyone he meets.
“So the one time he wasn’t is what I remember the most because it sums up best who he really is.

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College football Week 4 in the L.A. TV market: UCLA puts on its Saturday night home best

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

(Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports)

Kirk Herbstreit starts the day in Knoxville, Tenn., for ESPN and ends it at the Pasadena Rose Bowl for ABC, with a private jet excursion in between.
Such is his life.
The A-team of Chris Fowler, Herbstreit and Sam Ponder have UCLA’s Saturday afternoon contest at the Rose Bowl against Stanford (Channel 7, 5 p.m.). That’s all after Herbstreit spends the morning with ESPN “College GameDay” (6-to-9 a.m.) as it previews the Florida-Tennessee contest from the Vols’ home stadium.
Meanwhile, as they’re having “Vin Scully Appreciation Night” at Dodger Stadium on Friday, newest Dodgers play-by-play man Joe Davis will be calling USC at Utah for Fox Sports 1 with Brady Quinn and Jenny Taft at 6 p.m.
(Sports USA also has John Ahlers and John Robinson calling USC-Utah on the national syndicated radio network as well as Isaac Lowenkron and Doug Plank on UCLA-Stanford).

The rest of the Pac-12 schedule:
= Cal at Arizona State, Saturday at 7 p.m., ESPN2 with Mike Patrick, Ed Cunningham and Dr. Jerry Punch
= Colorado at Oregon, Saturday at 2:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network with Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth and Cindy Brunson
= Washington at Arizona, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network with Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron and Lewis Johnson
= Boise State at Oregon State, Saturday at 12:30 p.m., FS1 with Tim Brando and Spencer Tillman

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NFL Week 3 in the L.A. TV market: Remember when Dick Stockton was …Dick Stockton?

(Credit: 30FPS.com)

(Credit: 30FPS.com)

A week removed from Fox’s A-team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, reality sets in for the Rams. And L.A.
Them’s the hard knocks of broadcasting hierarchy.
Dick Stockton and Chris Spielman, the former Ohio State and Detroit Lions linebacker who this year Fox hired off the ESPN college ball staff to join its NFL roster, draw the Rams’ Week 3 performance in Tampa Bay (Sunday, 1:05 p.m., Channel 11), going to just 10 percent of the country.
Fox has only six games to pick from on Sunday. If you were to rank the Fox NFL broadcasting roster, this would probably be team No. 6, ahead of Sam Rosen and David Diehl, who are off. 8849-19bkDiehl was Stockton’s partner last year. The year before was a rotation of Kirk Morrison, Brady Quinn and Donovan McNabb. It was Ronde Barber the previous year, and John Lynch before that. Charles Davis. Trent Green. Brian Billick. Brian Baldinger.
You see now how if Fox has a new guy, they ship him to Stockton?
At one point about 10 years ago, Stockton was slotted as the No. 2 play-by-play man behind Buck and given the Tony Siragusa-Moose Johnston alignment. He even had fresh-off-the-boat Aikman in 2001, when Summerall and Madden were the No. 1 NFL team, and after a long run with Matt Millen.
But we digress.
Fox reports that the L.A. market had a 12.0 rating and 27 share for the Rams-Seahawks telecast last Sunday on KTTV-Channel 11, which was a 45 percent boost over last year’s L.A. average for a season’s worth of games on Fox (8.3/20).

The rest of the NFL TV week for the L.A. market (for those without DirecTV’s “Sunday Ticket”):
Thursday:
= Houston at New England, 5:25 p.m., Channel 2 and NFL Network, with Jim Nantz, Phil Simms and Tracy Woodson.

Sunday:
= CBS has the doubleheader and the Rams-Bucs are the only game Fox can show in the L.A. market. That means no access to Washington-N.Y. Giants (with Buck and Aikman, going to 31 percent of the country — or likely to L.A., if the Rams were not here) or  Arizona-Buffalo, Detroit-Green Bay or Minnesota-Carolina in the 10 a.m. window, or San Francisco-Seattle in the 1:25 p.m. window.
= Oakland at Tennessee, 10 a.m., Channel 2 with Andrew Catalon, Steve Tasker and  Steve Beuerlein. (CBS picks this one over Cleveland-Miami, Baltimore-Jacksonville and Denver-Cincinnati)
= San Diego at Indianapolis, 1:25 p.m., Channel 2 with Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon (CBS is allowed to air this opposite the Rams. It also picked this one over N.Y. Jets-Kansas City and Pittsburgh-Philadelphia, which has Jim Nantz and Phil Simms).
= Chicago at Dallas, 5:30 p.m., Channel 4 with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya.

Monday
= Atlanta at New Orleans, 5:30 p.m., ESPN with Sean McDonough, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters.

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Vin Scully memories from the media: Derrick Hall

A shot of the Dodgers' press box from the 1990s: Derrick Hall, right, sits next to Jay Lucas as Vin Scully (checkered shirt, center) makes his way to visit with writers such as Gordie Verrell and Terry Johnson. (Photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers)

A shot of the Dodgers’ press box from the 1990s: Derrick Hall, right, sits next to Jay Lucas as Vin Scully (checkered shirt, center) makes his way to visit with writers such as Gordie Verrell and Terry Johnson. (Photo by Jon SooHoo/Dodgers)

They have been Vin Scully’s colleagues in the team’s media-related world. As a week-long tribute to Scully begins at Dodger Stadium for his final seven home games, these are some of their stories:

derrick-hall1It would not have been all the surprising to some if Derrick Hall, the current president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks, had emerged as the one who ended up replacing Bud Selig as the MLB Commissioner when the spot opened a couple years back.
Before he received an eight-year contract extension to remain with the franchise, Hall, born in L.A., came up through the Dodgers’ organization, spending 12 seasons with the team, advancing to Senior Vice President of Communications before departing during the McCourt reign in 2004.
With a broadcasting and communications background that led to several on-air TV and radio positions in the L.A. media market, and having no reservations in believing Scully is the greatest broadcaster he has ever heard, Hall has these memories to share: Continue reading

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The last week for Vin Scully at home

ap_746294413025At some point during a week-long series of events to celebrate his final games at Dodger Stadium, Vin Scully might need fans to come to his emotional rescue.
“I think I’ve got them in check, but you never really know,” the Dodgers’ 88-year-old Hall of Fame broadcaster said Monday about how sentimentality will factor into the days leading up to when he calls the Dodgers-Colorado Rockies game on “Fan Appreciation” game Sunday afternoon, marking the end of the Dodgers’ homestand and his last trip to the Vin Scully Press Box to work as a broadcaster.
“I don’t think I’m going to stress anything about me. I will just try to do the game. I really will. I will concentrate on (the Rockies) as if they’re challenging the Dodgers for first place, and the game will take its place and hopefully carry me along with it to the very end.
“I think I’ll be OK.”
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