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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Vin Scully memories from the media: Fred Claire

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:

51ym310p59lLong before his time as the Dodgers’ general manager from 1987-98, Fred Claire came into the Vin Scully circle from a job a sports writer and then as a team public relations employee in 1969. The Torrance High grad and El Camino College student had covered sports for the Whittier Daily News, Pomona Progress-Bulletin and the Long Beach Press-Telegram, and was eventually the VP of Communications before moving into the GM spot in the aftermath of the Al Campanis exit.
Claire, author of the 2004 book on his 30 years with the franchise, shares this:

“I probably first met Vin when I was a young sports editor of the Pomona Progress-Bulletin and covered the Dodgers in their initial season in Los Angeles in 1958 and then the World Series at the Coliseum in 1959. I can’t recall the first meeting, and yet I can’t recall a time when I didn’t feel as though I knew him and considered him to be a friend.
“In reality for those of us who love baseball, or even those who have had a casual or summer time fling with the game, Vin always has been there. His voice has been the voice of Summer for so many thousands of fans, generations of fans, who live or have lived in Southern California.

Fred Claire, center, with Vin Scully, below right, and Charley Steiner, left. (Credit: Twitter@FredClaire)

Fred Claire, center, with Vin Scully, below right, and Charley Steiner, left. (Credit: Twitter@FredClaire)

“The thing about Vin is that you didn’t need a personal intro-
duction to know him. If you were a member of the media and saw him in the press dining room or in the press box there was always a warm and wel-
coming smile. You knew him instantly.

“The remarkable part is that the warmth in his voice and the incomparable talent to describe a baseball game connected him to the legion of fans who were listening to the game on the radio or watching on television.
“My close connection to Vin came in 1969 when I joined the Dodgers  as the director of publicity. It was the start of a working relationship and a close personal relationship where my admiration grew by the day and by the quickly passing seasons.
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