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February 13, 2005 | Jerry Crowe, Times Staff Writer
It probably wouldn't surprise anyone who has followed the team's long series of false, fractured moves, but the Clippers nearly botched the one thing they undeniably got right in their bumbling history. In 1978, after moving from Buffalo, N.Y., to San Diego and changing their name from the Braves to the Clippers, they hired Ralph Lawler as their play-by-play announcer, beginning an association that has lasted nearly three decades.
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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?
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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."
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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?
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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.
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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."
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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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April 25, 2004 | From a Times Staff Writer
Bill Brundige, a member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame and a fixture on Southland radio and television stations for three decades, has died. He was 89. The former announcer died Friday of heart failure at St. Jude's Hospital in Fullerton, said his son, Tim. Brundige served as play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Angels baseball team, of the Pacific Coast League. He also worked with Bob Kelly on Los Angeles Ram broadcasts and Chick Hearn on Laker broadcasts.
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April 23, 2004 | Peter Yoon
Karch Kiraly, the only three-time gold medalist in Olympic volleyball history, will not pursue a fourth this year. Instead, he will be a commentator for NBC during its beach volleyball broadcasts. Kiraly, 43, won gold playing indoors in 1984 and '86 and won on the beach in '96. He switched partners during the off-season and has not accumulated any Olympic qualifying points with Mike Lambert. "I couldn't qualify even if I wanted to," Kiraly said. "For any team to start now, it's too late."
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