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January 13, 2010
The Angels will hold a celebration-of-life gathering Thursday night at the Angel Stadium Diamond Club for family, close friends and colleagues of play-by-play broadcaster Rory Markas, who died last week at his Palmdale home. Markas, 54, spent eight seasons in the Angels' broadcast booth and also was the play-by-play voice of the USC men's basketball team. The Diamond Club will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, and the service will begin at 6 p.m. Markas' family has scheduled a private memorial service for Friday.
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March 4, 2010 | By Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Victor Rojas , once a pitcher in the Angels' minor league system and son of Cookie Rojas , once manager of the Angels, was named Wednesday as the new television play-by-play voice of the team. Rojas, 42, is leaving MLB Network to fill the spot left by Rory Markas , who died unexpectedly in January. Rojas will work with analyst Mark Gubicza on FS West and Channel 13 broadcasts. Before joining MLB Network when it launched in December 2008, Rojas worked for the Texas Rangers for five years, handling play-by-play and analyst roles.
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SPORTS
January 15, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Johnny Rivers came to Angel Stadium. He sang two songs, "Blue Suede Blues" and "I'll See You in My Dreams." Did you know that Rory Markas was a good friend of Rivers? He was. Rivers sang for Markas on Thursday night at Angel Stadium. Rivers had met Markas many years ago, when Markas was still a Clippers broadcaster. They became such good friends that Rivers came to sing in Markas' honor. Did you know that Markas had a girlfriend, a tiny woman with a strong voice, who had to be encouraged to date Markas?
SPORTS
January 29, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Three weeks ago, Rex Hudler's mother, Annie Mueller Aroni, passed away at the age of 69 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. But emotions have no sense of time. It was his mother, he said, who negotiated his first major league contract -- with Gehrig's old team, the New York Yankees, no less. And now, 32 years later, Hudler is in danger of not being involved with a baseball team for the first time in his professional life. It has been a hard few months for the 49-year-old Hudler, the best bubbly baseball analyst around, if you like your analysts unabashedly bubbly.
SPORTS
January 29, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Three weeks ago, Rex Hudler's mother, Annie Mueller Aroni, passed away at the age of 69 from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. But emotions have no sense of time. It was his mother, he said, who negotiated his first major league contract -- with Gehrig's old team, the New York Yankees, no less. And now, 32 years later, Hudler is in danger of not being involved with a baseball team for the first time in his professional life. It has been a hard few months for the 49-year-old Hudler, the best bubbly baseball analyst around, if you like your analysts unabashedly bubbly.
SPORTS
March 4, 2010 | By Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Victor Rojas , once a pitcher in the Angels' minor league system and son of Cookie Rojas , once manager of the Angels, was named Wednesday as the new television play-by-play voice of the team. Rojas, 42, is leaving MLB Network to fill the spot left by Rory Markas , who died unexpectedly in January. Rojas will work with analyst Mark Gubicza on FS West and Channel 13 broadcasts. Before joining MLB Network when it launched in December 2008, Rojas worked for the Texas Rangers for five years, handling play-by-play and analyst roles.
SPORTS
February 2, 2002 | Larry Stewart
The Angels have hired USC basketball announcer Rory Markas and former Ohio State football and basketball announcer Terry Smith as their new radio team. They replace Mario Impemba and Daron Sutton, who left to take jobs with other teams. "Of all the things I have done in broadcasting," Markas said Friday night, "this is the dream job." Markas was the Milwaukee Brewers' television announcer for three seasons in the early 1990s, and was a fill-in on radio before that.
SPORTS
January 6, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Aside from jerseys, sneakers and toothbrushes, the Trojans are bringing something extra along on their two-game trip to the Bay Area, where they open tonight at Stanford. USC Coach Kevin O'Neill calls it a "playoff style of basketball" and he says it's the only style that travels well. The ingredients: Great defense, good rebounding, no turnovers and good shots. The outcome: "You can play well and win on the road as well as at home," O'Neill said. On its first trip, USC lost by a combined 45 points to then-No.
SPORTS
December 16, 2005 | LARRY STEWART
Almost as certain as death and taxes these days are corporate cutbacks. Two months ago, KCAL-Channel 9 was hit with a cost-cutting edict from parent company Viacom to go with an outside company to produce its live sports coverage, beginning Jan. 1. What did this mean? Would some little-known production company take over by simply submitting the lowest bid? Would it mean one- or two-camera Laker telecasts that resembled those from the 1960s?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2010 | Mike DiGiovanna
Rory Markas, the popular and personable broadcaster known best for his memorable call of the final out of the Angels' 2002 World Series victory over the San Francisco Giants, died Monday night at his home in Palmdale. As of Tuesday afternoon, the cause of death had not been determined. He was 54. Markas, who spent eight years with the Angels and was recently promoted to the team's lead television play-by-play job, also served as the play-by-play voice for the USC men's basketball team and as a news reporter for KTTV Channel 11 in Los Angeles, covering fires and other natural disasters.
SPORTS
January 15, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Johnny Rivers came to Angel Stadium. He sang two songs, "Blue Suede Blues" and "I'll See You in My Dreams." Did you know that Rory Markas was a good friend of Rivers? He was. Rivers sang for Markas on Thursday night at Angel Stadium. Rivers had met Markas many years ago, when Markas was still a Clippers broadcaster. They became such good friends that Rivers came to sing in Markas' honor. Did you know that Markas had a girlfriend, a tiny woman with a strong voice, who had to be encouraged to date Markas?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2010
The Angels will hold a celebration-of-life gathering Thursday night at the Angel Stadium Diamond Club for family, close friends and colleagues of play-by-play broadcaster Rory Markas, who died last week at his Palmdale home. Markas, 54, spent eight seasons in the Angels' broadcast booth and also was the play-by-play voice of the USC men's basketball team. The Diamond Club will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, and the service will begin at 6 p.m. Markas' family has scheduled a private memorial service for Friday.
OPINION
January 10, 2010
Fallen Angel Re "Rory Markas, 1955 - 2010," Obituary, Jan. 6 Living here in Southern California, we are blessed with some wonderful announcers for our local teams. But the death of Rory Markas leaves a huge void. He made Angel games fun to listen to and was an absolute professional in every sense of the word. He seemed like he had a great sense of humor, was extremely polished in the booth and had a tremendous sense of history as well. In an age of knucklehead, over-the-top, loudmouthed sports "personalities" who seem to get more radio and TV airtime than they deserve, Markas was a true class act who excelled at his profession.
SPORTS
January 6, 2010 | By Baxter Holmes
Aside from jerseys, sneakers and toothbrushes, the Trojans are bringing something extra along on their two-game trip to the Bay Area, where they open tonight at Stanford. USC Coach Kevin O'Neill calls it a "playoff style of basketball" and he says it's the only style that travels well. The ingredients: Great defense, good rebounding, no turnovers and good shots. The outcome: "You can play well and win on the road as well as at home," O'Neill said. On its first trip, USC lost by a combined 45 points to then-No.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 6, 2010 | Mike DiGiovanna
Rory Markas, the popular and personable broadcaster known best for his memorable call of the final out of the Angels' 2002 World Series victory over the San Francisco Giants, died Monday night at his home in Palmdale. As of Tuesday afternoon, the cause of death had not been determined. He was 54. Markas, who spent eight years with the Angels and was recently promoted to the team's lead television play-by-play job, also served as the play-by-play voice for the USC men's basketball team and as a news reporter for KTTV Channel 11 in Los Angeles, covering fires and other natural disasters.
SPORTS
January 6, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
In sports, in broadcasting, in politics, there is no getting around it. When someone leaves a team or a booth or an office, we must speculate. Who comes next? Who will be the next center fielder? The next anchor? The next senator? The next voice of the Angels? Rory Markas, a man of subtle humor, pleasing tone and acknowledged professionalism, died suddenly and unexpectedly Monday night. He had suffered a brain aneurysm in November 2008, recovered, broadcast an entire Angels season in 2009, was well into this USC basketball season and was getting ready to be the full-time, regular television play-by-play man for the Angels in 2010.
SPORTS
January 6, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
In sports, in broadcasting, in politics, there is no getting around it. When someone leaves a team or a booth or an office, we must speculate. Who comes next? Who will be the next center fielder? The next anchor? The next senator? The next voice of the Angels? Rory Markas, a man of subtle humor, pleasing tone and acknowledged professionalism, died suddenly and unexpectedly Monday night. He had suffered a brain aneurysm in November 2008, recovered, broadcast an entire Angels season in 2009, was well into this USC basketball season and was getting ready to be the full-time, regular television play-by-play man for the Angels in 2010.
SPORTS
April 10, 1998 | LARRY STEWART
Introduced to a stranger as a local sportscaster, Rory Markas was asked whose games he broadcasts. "The Clippers," Markas replied. "No wonder I've never heard you," the stranger said. Funny line. Markas hears a lot of them. It goes with the territory. Nobody escapes the seemingly endless jokes that bombard the Clippers, not the players, not management, not the front office. Not even the broadcasters. And for them, this is the toughest time of the year.
SPORTS
December 16, 2005 | LARRY STEWART
Almost as certain as death and taxes these days are corporate cutbacks. Two months ago, KCAL-Channel 9 was hit with a cost-cutting edict from parent company Viacom to go with an outside company to produce its live sports coverage, beginning Jan. 1. What did this mean? Would some little-known production company take over by simply submitting the lowest bid? Would it mean one- or two-camera Laker telecasts that resembled those from the 1960s?
SPORTS
February 2, 2002 | Larry Stewart
The Angels have hired USC basketball announcer Rory Markas and former Ohio State football and basketball announcer Terry Smith as their new radio team. They replace Mario Impemba and Daron Sutton, who left to take jobs with other teams. "Of all the things I have done in broadcasting," Markas said Friday night, "this is the dream job." Markas was the Milwaukee Brewers' television announcer for three seasons in the early 1990s, and was a fill-in on radio before that.
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