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August 14, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
ESPN, which kicks off its regular-season coverage of "Monday Night Football" on Sept. 11 with a doubleheader, is expected to announce today that it has hired Dick Vermeil to work the second game as a commentator. The former UCLA and NFL coach will join play-by-play announcer Brad Nessler and commentator Ron Jaworski for a game at Oakland between the Raiders and San Diego Chargers. ESPN will televise that game about 7:15 p.m. Pacific time, after Minnesota at Washington, which will begin at 4 p.m.
June 9, 2006 | Phil Rosenthal, Chicago Tribune
He has covered the London bombings and Paris riots for ABC News, reported on globalization from China and India. Now Bill Weir is poised for an even greater role on ABC's "Good Morning America" as it takes a renewed run at NBC's perennial breakfast leader "Today" in the post-Katie Couric era. Not bad for a guy hired almost 11 years ago from Green Bay, Wis., to be a third-string sportscaster for Chicago's WGN-TV Channel 9.
February 22, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
The Dodgers will announce today that Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully has signed a contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2008 season. At that point, according to a source, Scully is likely to retire, which would end the most consecutive years of service with a team for any broadcaster in professional sports. Scully's current contract was due to expire after this coming season. The extension is for two years, the source said. Scully, who turns 79 on Nov.
February 4, 2006 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
An announcement that broadcaster James Brown will be joining CBS as host of the "The NFL Today" is expected Monday, industry sources said Friday. Brown has been the host of Fox's NFL pregame show since it was launched in 1994. Before that, he spent 10 years in a variety of roles at CBS. The move back to CBS was made possible when "NFL Today" host Greg Gumbel expressed a desire to return to play-by-play.
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.
August 25, 2005 | Larry Stewart
Lee Hamilton's 19-year run as a sports talk show host during weekday afternoons will come to an end Sept. 6. Taking over for Hamilton on XTRA Sports 570 will be Joe Grande and Matt Smith. Grande comes from KPWR-FM, known as Power 106. Smith, who goes by the nickname "Money," comes from KROQ's "Kevin and Bean" show. Earlier this month, Smith was selected to host the Laker pregame and postgame shows on 570, replacing Larry Burnett.
August 5, 2005 | Dan Arritt; Pete Thomas; Jonathan Abrams, From Times Staff Reports
Jeremy Stenberg's "back-flip, no-footer, one-hander" earned him his first X Games medal -- a gold, no less -- as he emerged the winner Thursday evening of the Moto X best-trick contest. But was it the best trick?
June 16, 2005 | Larry Stewart, Times Staff Writer
Rupert Murdoch shocked the sports world in December 1993, bidding a then-whopping $1.58 billion over four years and wresting the NFL away from CBS for his upstart Fox network. The next step was to establish credibility by hiring the biggest name in football commentating, John Madden. To get him, Fox paid Madden a yearly salary of $8 million, far more than anyone else in sports television was making. Madden, 69, apparently is still the hottest announcer in sports TV.
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