May 8, 2008 |
Sportscaster Jeanne Zelasko is back in the Fox studio, anchoring the network's Saturday baseball coverage after a string of off-season misfortune. It actually began in August, though, when her father, Stanley, died of a heart attack at 71 in his home in Escondido. The shock of losing her father, Zelasko said, led to another shock -- learning in December that she had thyroid cancer. She recounted what she sees as a strange turn of events.
May 2, 2008 |
I wish you could have answered my phone. I wish you could have answered the Thursday afternoon call from a Denver hotel room and listened to a greeting that would have made you smell popcorn, taste Dodger Dogs and feel chills. "Hello, Bill? This is Vin Scully." I've talked to the most trusted voice in the history of our city at least a dozen times over the phone during our long working relationship, and it never fails. When he calls me, I freeze.
January 24, 2008 |
Another member of the media is in trouble for making inappropriate comments. Only this time, the subject was religion. ESPN personality Dana Jacobson has been disciplined for remarks she made Jan. 11 at a roast in Atlantic City, N.J., for colleagues Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic. According to various reports, Jacobson appeared inebriated when she used an expletive in connection with Notre Dame, Touchdown Jesus and Jesus.
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December 27, 2007 |
Stu Nahan, a onetime minor-league hockey goalie who delivered sports reports on Los Angeles television and radio for decades, has died. He was 81. Nahan died Wednesday at his Studio City home, after battling lymphoma, a form of cancer, since January, his family said. In 1968, Nahan began doing nightly sports reports on KABC-TV Channel 7. He moved to KNBC-TV Channel 4 in 1977 and to KTLA-TV Channel 5 in 1988, retiring from television in 1999.
December 11, 2007 |
Frequently, the most entertaining thing about a Clippers game is not the Clippers game. It is the Ralph and Mike Show. They are Ralph Lawler and Mike Smith, the odd couple of NBA broadcasting. Call them Chit and Chat, Rip and Zip. If you think Corey Maggette is quick, listen carefully, any game, any night, and you'll get real quickness. Ralph: "Steve Francis [of the Rockets] was getting paid all those 12 games he sat out." Mike: "The Eric Piatkowski plan."
July 9, 2007 |
NBC said goodbye to Bud Collins in fashionable style Sunday. A three-minute tribute that aired after the men's final was fittingly colorful. Collins, 78, began working for NBC as a tennis reporter and interviewer in 1972. He was informed last month that his services would no longer be needed. With post-match interviews at Wimbledon conducted by the BBC's Sue Barker and with NBC's Jimmy Roberts there to do features, Collins' role had been diminished in recent years.
July 3, 2007 |
After so many years as a Wimbledon fixture for NBC, Bud Collins will appear for the last time on Sunday. An NBC spokesman, denying media reports that Collins had been fired, said it was more a case of his position no longer existing. The network later said his contract not being renewed. The spokesman pointed out that Collins' NBC role had diminished in recent years but said the network will have an on-air tribute to the veteran tennis commentator during Sunday's Wimbledon coverage.
March 26, 2007 |
Joe Theismann will not be back as a commentator on ESPN's "Monday Night Football," according to sources. He is expected to be replaced by Ron Jaworski. ESPN declined comment, but sources indicated Theismann is not being fired and will be offered another high-profile football commentating job at ESPN. The former Washington Redskins quarterback began working as an NFL commentator for ESPN on Sunday nights in 1988.
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March 17, 2007 |
Stan Duke, a former Los Angeles sportscaster and one of the first blacks in local television news, whose career ended after he shot his estranged wife's lover to death in 1971, has died. He was 70. Duke died Wednesday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after suffering a heart attack at his home in Santa Barbara, Ellen Duke, his second wife of 25 years, said Friday. Duke was a five-year veteran weekend sportscaster for KNXT-TV on Feb.
February 14, 2007 |
As the first full-time female play-by-play commentator on the PGA Tour, Kelly Tilghman is used to crashing glass ceilings. At 11, she got the wind knocked out of her playing quarterback for a boys' city football team. "It hurt," Tilghman recalled in her signature husky voice. "My dad made me quit after one year because he told me my body was going to be changing." As an eighth-grader, Tilghman was the first girl to make the North Myrtle Beach (S.C.) High varsity golf team.