February 20, 1986 |
To look at him in his finely tailored suit, chatting across his desk to a customer about free checking accounts and home development loans, you'd think Joe Buttitta had been a banker all his life. Well, he may look the part. He may act the part. But Buttitta, three months on the job, would much rather be sitting in a broadcast booth, chatting through a microphone about free throws and home runs.
August 3, 1994 |
Joe Buttitta had no idea what he had done or how he'd done it. He simply signed up for a golf class in college, somebody handed him a left-handed seven-iron and he took a whack, using his best baseball swing. The ball sailed high and true, into the blue yonder. He spent the next few weeks trying to duplicate the feat. "I topped it, hit it fat, hooked it, sliced it," Buttitta said. "I just wanted to hit it as good as I did that very first time."
August 18, 2000 |
From a prominent Los Angeles sportscaster to a PGA certified teaching professional, Joe Buttitta's job title has undergone quite a transformation since the mid-1980s. One thing that hasn't changed is his passion for golf, the game he calls the hardest to master. "I don't care what Ted Williams said about hitting a baseball," said Buttitta, a teaching pro at Westlake Village Golf Course. "This is the hardest game in the world.
May 17, 1991 |
A new sports talk show is coming to KMPC on June 3 with Scott St. James as the host. The station dropped "Sportsline" with Paul Olden after last baseball season. "The Scott St. James Show" will be broadcast from 4 to 8 p.m. on weekdays when there is no Angel game, with, of course, a half-hour out for Jim Healy at 5:30. On nights the Angels are home or playing a West Coast game, St. James will go off the air at 7. He will be preempted when there are East Coast games.
January 2, 1985 |
Joe Torre, fired last year as manager of the Atlanta Braves, is expected to join Channel 5 as the analyst on Angel telecasts, The Times learned Tuesday. "It's not yet firm," a Channel 5 executive said, "but we hope to have it finalized by the end of this week or the first of next week." KTLA is hopeful of teaming Torre with Bob Starr, who had previously announced he would not return to the Angel radio team in 1985 but is close to a TV commitment. The Angels televise a minimum of 40 games.
February 18, 1989 |
Radio station KGIL 1260-AM has signed an agreement with Cal State Northridge to broadcast Matador football games for the 1989 and 1990 seasons, Northridge Athletic Director Bob Hiegert announced Friday. It will be the first time in 15 years that the Mission Hills-based station has covered Northridge athletics on a regular basis.