May 31, 1992
Thanks to an old company car (equipped only with an AM radio), I rediscovered XTRA. The morning show with Steve Mason and Dan T. Fan supersedes the creativity of Mark & Brian. Midday listeners can discuss the latest trades with knowledgeable Chet Forte and Steve Hartman. An hour of Lee (Hacksaw) Hamilton's afternoon show is more informative than "SportsCenter" on ESPN. Each call in the evening with Jim Rome is like a round of boxing. The variety of sportscasters, interesting guests and late-breaking news off the sports wire have me tuned into XTRA in the car as well as at home and work.
January 30, 1995
"I'm for the team from California." --President Clinton, taking a tough stand. "(Anything this man has said about the Chargers)" --Lee (Hacksaw) Hamilton, San Diego sports talk radio personality. "I might be wrong." Brady Follon of San Diego, minutes after saying he wasn't worried when the 49ers took a 7-0 lead. "Some people might think they'll become a prominent team, but I'm not sure of that." --Bill Walsh, former 49ers coach writing about the Chargers.
December 12, 1996 |
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. You almost have to be a zealot to properly call an NFL game on radio, and Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton's XTRA booth on a Saaann Diego Charger weekend is not exactly lacking in zeal. It's an opera, full of screeching solos, chaos and clashing personalities. It's beautiful radio--perfect NFL noise.
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February 25, 2003 |
Some people drive with phones, but Howard Davis, well, he drives a phone. And you'll never spot him dialing it on a freeway (see photo). Davis' converted 1974 Volkswagen Beetle is one of several exhibits at "Wild Wheels: Art for the Road," an exhibit at the Petersen Automotive Museum in L.A. Other rolling sculptures include: * Shelley Buschur's 1983 Mazda "Eelvis," which is half-fish, half-rock star. "Early Eelvis" would be more accurate because of its slimness.
July 19, 2003 |
Kobe Bryant is innocent. Or guilty. He's also either coddled or persecuted, a worthy role model or a superstar who thought he was above the law. All over the country, and especially in Southern California, people expressed their gut reactions on TV, radio call-in shows and online to the news Friday that the Laker guard had been charged with sexual assault in Colorado. "Total shock, total shock," said a man interviewed by Channel 7 at Universal CityWalk. "I don't believe he did it."
September 25, 2000 |
The discussion at Montezuma Hall in Aztec Center was about Monty Montezuma. It was intense. The hottest topic this term at San Diego State University is not the presidential election or some civic or academic matter. The issue that has the student newspaper and Student Council abuzz is controversy over the future of the sports mascot.