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McCarver All Wet--Thanks to Sanders

October 16, 1992|LARRY STEWART

Even though Wednesday night's thriller got an impressive 18.2 national Nielsen rating, the overall average for CBS' eight prime-time playoff telecasts was a 12.7, down from a 13.7 for eight prime-time telecasts last season. . . . CBS' World Series coverage will begin at 5 p.m. every game day, with the first pitch scheduled less than 30 minutes later.

ABC offers a UCLA-USC doubleheader on the West Coast Saturday. It's UCLA at Washington State at noon, with Roger Twibell and former Philadelphia Eagle tight end John Spagnola reporting. At 3:30 p.m., it's California at USC, with Al Michaels and Lynn Swann calling the action. It's an easy trip for Michaels, who lives in Brentwood. It's not so easy for Swann, who lives in the Pittsburgh area. . . . Because of ABC's 3:30 telecast, there is no Prime Ticket Pacific 10 Game of the Week. . . . Because KNX is carrying the World Series, Cal-USC will be carried by KLAC.

The deal that will bring Bob Starr back as the Angels' lead play-by-play announcer on radio has been completed, but KMPC will not announce it until the station hires Starr's partner. KMPC General Manager Bill Ward said he hopes to be able to have a No. 2 man by the end of the month.

Who goofed? A listing in this space last week of past hosts of KABC's now-defunct "Sportstalk" brought a note from Jim Healy, who wrote: "How could you overlook three of the legends--Leo Durocher (1965), Jimmy Piersall (late '65 to early '66) and Jim Healy (Feb. '66-Nov. '66)?" Healy added that he quit the lucrative job "because I couldn't stand talking to those idiots who called every night." . . . Someone else left off last week's list was Ira Fistel, a trivia buff and a favorite of many.

Recommended viewing: Yearning for something positive about college athletics? Then set the VCR for "Portraits of Excellence: The GTE Academic All-Americans," to be televised Sunday at noon by Channel 4. The GGP-produced syndicated show, with Dick Enberg as host, focuses on athletes and former athletes who succeeded in the classroom and on the playing field. "Anyone who believes collegiate sports in America are going down the drain should watch this telecast," Enberg said. Among those featured are Pablo Morales, U.S. Senator Bill Bradley, Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Walsh, and Merlin Olsen, who was also featured this week on the outstanding NFL Films series on ESPN, "The NFL's Greatest Moments."

Channel 9's first Laker exhibition telecast, against Portland from Honolulu, will be televised Saturday night live at 10:30. Preceding the game at 10 p.m. will be a special, "Magic's Back," in which Magic Johnson is interviewed by Chick Hearn. . . . Last October, NFL Films did a "This Is the NFL" show on the late John Facenda. Because of the response it is being repeated this weekend, with Channel 2 carrying it Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

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