December 16, 2006
With Bill Plaschke's Dec. 15 column on Paul Sunderland, we are reminded that loyalty and respect no longer mean anything in professional sports, even outside the lines. The Lakers missed the opportunity to have a true classy gentleman represent their organization for many years to come. There was no one more able, capable, and willing to start his own streak behind the microphone than Paul Sunderland. CHRIS TURKMANY Westchester Bravo to Bill Plaschke for bringing attention to the injustice perpetrated upon Paul Sunderland by the Lakers organization.
August 1, 1989 |
UCLA and USC may be losing their voices--their radio voices, that is. Joel Meyers, who does UCLA football and basketball for KMPC, has been offered a job by NBC-TV as a pro football play-by-play announcer, and if things work out he will no longer be able to do Bruin games. Tom Kelly, USC's longtime radio voice, may be leaving KNX to join Prime Ticket, where, among other things, he would announce USC football.
April 6, 2011 |
Reporting from Oakland Stu Lantz is staying. The longtime color commentator for televised Lakers games is expected to return for a 25th season, multiple NBA and entertainment officials said Wednesday. Lantz's broadcast partner since 2005, Joel Meyers , will not be back after this season. Meyers will be done after the first round of the playoffs. Neither FS West nor KCAL has broadcast rights past that point. Spero Dedes , 32, will be the third TV voice of the Lakers since Chick Hearn died in August 2002.
March 25, 1992 |
SportsChannel Los Angeles, which last week completed a five-year deal with the Clippers, is expected to announce today that Jerry Tarkanian has been hired as the commentator. Tarkanian's first telecast will be Thursday night when the Clippers play a home game against the Houston Rockets. The play-by-play announcer will be Joel Meyers. SportsChannel will televise five regular-season games, plus some playoff games if the Clippers qualify.
May 7, 2005
Memo to the Laker front office: When the Bill Macdonald-Joel Meyers experiment fails, you can rehire Paul Sunderland for twice his former salary (Jerry, see Rudy Tomjanovich, Frank Hamblen, Phil Jackson). Mr. Mariani, a bad team will generate bad ratings (Mitch, see Brian Grant: $14 million for three points and three rebounds a game). John Stege Coto de Caza Sunderland out? Is Buss high on Viagra? Is Laker VP Mariani taking too many martini lunches? Sunderland was a bright and vibrant light to many disappointed Laker fans.
December 15, 2007
After Ralph Lawler had to spend so many years in the giant shadow cast by Chick Hearn, it's wonderful that Lawler is finally receiving some of the recognition he deserves for being such an outstanding basketball announcer. Bill Dwyre was right when he wrote that "frequently, the most entertaining thing about a Clippers game is not the Clippers game. It is the Ralph and Mike Show." Game after game, it is enjoyable to listen to Lawler and his partner, Mike Smith.