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December 30, 2005 | LARRY STEWART
When a visitor arrived at the two-story hillside home in Sherman Oaks, Keith Jackson had already opened a bottle of his best Sonoma Valley merlot and set out two wine glasses. On the coffee table in the living room was a plate of wife Turi Ann Jackson's homemade cookies. Jackson, besides being a legendary broadcaster commonly referred to as "Mr. College Football," is also a pretty darn good host.
September 12, 2005 | From Associated Press
Sportscaster Chris Schenkel, whose easygoing baritone won over fans during a more than six-decade broadcasting career in which he covered a wide range of major sports, died Sunday after a long battle with emphysema. He was 82. Schenkel's wife, Fran, said she and the couple's two sons were at her husband's side when he died early Sunday at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind., where he had been hospitalized for two weeks after undergoing surgery for a bleeding ulcer.
May 29, 2005 | THOMAS BONK
Johnny Miller won the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont in Pennsylvania and the 1976 British Open at Royal Birkdale, so he knows something about major championships. He won eight tournaments in 1974 and 25 in his PGA Tour career -- more than Gary Player, Ray Floyd, Hale Irwin, Greg Norman, Tom Kite, Davis Love III or Nick Price-- so he knows something about winning. Miller, 58, has been NBC's lead analyst for its golf coverage for 14 years so he knows something about spoken words.
November 23, 2004 | Bill Plaschke
The Dodgers called a news conference Monday afternoon, and hopes soared that, finally, their most troubling bit of winter procrastination had ended. The Dodgers set up chairs in the stadium club and brought in three Hall of Famers, rolled out the blue carpet and everyone cheered for Charley Steiner? Rich voice, good storyteller, a nice selection as a new Dodger broadcaster. But as announcements go, he's no Jim Tracy. Where was Jim Tracy? When are the Dodgers going to rehire Jim Tracy?
November 23, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Charley Steiner, introduced as the Dodgers' new play-by-play announcer Monday, said the decision to come west was an easy one. "This may sound like a cliche, but it's true," he said. "If you're a mathematician, you want to work with Einstein. If you're a musician, you want to work with Dylan. "If you're a play-by-play announcer, you want to work with Vin Scully."
October 23, 2004 | Bill Plaschke
The third sentence. A headline tenure was ended Friday in the third sentence. Twenty-eight years of service, and Ross Porter didn't even make the top of his own Dodger obituary. The news release issued by the Dodgers on Friday afternoon began by announcing the return of Vin Scully and Rick Monday, then acknowledged the future hiring of a new play-by-play announcer and analyst. Then, this: "The Dodgers also announced that Ross Porter will not rejoin the broadcast team next season." Also?
October 23, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
The Dodgers made it official Friday: Broadcaster Ross Porter will not be back with the team next season. It had been rumored that they were not going to renew his contract and Porter, after 28 seasons, had said goodbye to the fans during the team's playoff series with the St. Louis Cardinals. Lon Rosen, Dodger executive vice president, said the decision not to renew Porter's contract was made Thursday and that Porter's agent, George Green, was told Friday morning.
June 30, 2004 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
Dodger broadcaster Fernando Valenzuela said Tuesday he is considering an offer to play for a team in the Mexican winter league, but the retired pitcher who once inspired Fernandomania downplayed published reports he had already reached an agreement to return to the mound. "I'm still working over here. It's nothing like, 'Yes, I am going over there for sure,' " Valenzuela said before the opener of a three-game series against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. "I don't sign anything."
May 4, 2004 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Lisa Guerrero, a target of media critics during her single season as a sideline reporter on ABC's "Monday Night Football," was replaced Monday by the more experienced Michele Tafoya. Critics had complained that Guerrero was hired mainly for her looks, the network hoping to attract young males who might be only casual football fans. Some believed that was also the case with Guerrero's predecessor, Melissa Stark, although her work was better received than Guerrrero's.
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