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Meet the New Voice of the Los Angeles Kings

When public address announcer David Courtney tragically died in November, it left a void across three major professional teams in town — the Los Angeles Clippers, Angels and Kings.

Other than play-by-play announcer Bob Miller, Courtney’s voice was what radiated with Kings fans whenever they stepped inside Staples Center.

Needless to say, whoever replaced Courtney would have big shoes to fill.

Enter Dave Joseph.

The ESPN 710AM anchor spent the last 12 seasons covering the Kings for the radio station and was Courtney’s backup and protégé. Because of Joseph’s close relationship with Courtney, it put him in a tough spot after accepting the job as the new PA announcer.

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Video: Bob Miller and Jim Fox Call the First Goal from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final

Based on how talks are going between the owners and the NHLPA, this might be the last time we mention hockey on FishbowlLA until next year.

You can finally hear legendary Los Angeles Kings announcers Bob Miller and Jim Fox call Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final as part of the official Stanley Cup book released by the team.

It will set you back $60 bucks but well worth it for the Kings fans that suffered for 45 years.

Above is a clip of Miller and Fox calling the first goal from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. Love the teamwork by these two in the booth.

Vin Scully Calls in to Surprise Bob Miller on ESPN 710

For years, Los Angeles Kings broadcaster Bob Miller was the odd man out when it came to championship rings compared to his peers in Chick Hearn (nine) and Vin Scully (six).

That’s why Scully made sure he publicly congratulated his close friend by calling into ESPN 710 on Tuesday and welcoming him to the championship ring club.

And if you wondered how Miller would have called the final seconds of Game 6, ESPN’s Arash Markazi has the audio:

Bob Miller Gets His Hands on the Stanley Cup

In his 39th season as the “Voice of the Kings,” Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller finally got the chance to lift the Stanley Cup.

Captain Dustin Brown presented the 73-year-old with the trophy at the postgame party.

[H/T Rich Hammond]

Bob Miller, Jim Fox to Call Game 4 … Sorta

Los Angeles Kings announcers Bob Miller and Jim Fox will call Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final Wednesday night, but only fans inside Staples Center will have the opportunity to hear the broadcast duo.

Tom Hoffarth of the Daily News points out the Kings are working out an arrangement where fans can hear Miller and Fox at the concession stand and in-house on the radio. The call of the game will eventually be on LAKings.com. If the Kings lose Game 4, Miller and Fox are expected to call the remaining games in the series.

Even though Kings fans are having the rare pleasure of listening to Doc Emrick call their games for a change, it would be great if NBC switched over to Miller and Fox for the final minutes if the team is on the verge of winning their first Stanley Cup.

Tennis Media Launches Digital Magazine

Tennis Media Company has launched a new digital magazine called Tennis 15-30.

The digital-only publication for desktops and tablets is delivered twice each month, on the 15th and 30th.

Tennis 15-30 is a game-changer,” said TCM managing partner Bob Miller. “We’re now able to provide world-class written and video content more quickly, efficiently and creatively than ever before with a product that can be delivered across every relevant digital platform.”

The digital magazine offers previews, insight and analysis of professional tennis in addition to fitness tips, and instruction help designed to improve the reader’s game. The design is responsive depending on platform and allows readers to scroll through stories, watch videos and swipe through slide shows.

In addition to the regular twice-monthly issues, Tennis Media Company will produce four Grand Slam specials with coverage of the events.

Produced in collaboration with the United States Tennis Association, Tennis 15-30 will be available to all USTA members.

A preview of the magazine is available.

Chick Hearn Selected to LAT Sports Figures List

Chick Hearn, the voice of the Los Angeles Lakers for nearly 40 years, was selected as the No. 7 greatest figure in Los Angeles sports history by online readers of the Los Angeles Times.

He’s the second media member to make the Top 20 — former LAT sports columnist Jim Murray was No. 19 on the list.

Hearn, who died in 2002, called 3,338 consecutive games for the Lakers from 1965 to 2001. The streak came to an end after  the Hall of Fame announcer underwent cardiac bypass surgery. Hearn was honored by the Lakers last year with a bronze statue outside Staples Center.

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Jim Murray Makes Greatest LA Sports Figures List

Jim Murray, arguably the best local columnist of all-time, was selected as the No. 19 greatest sports figure in Los Angeles, according to a Los Angeles Times countdown that kicked off this week.

The list started off as a Top 10 but the LAT decided to expand it to a Top 20 after receiving 1,712 ballots. Falling just short of the Top 20 was Los Angeles Kings play-by-play man Bob Miller, who was in the top five on several ballots.

The 1990 Pulitzer Prize winner worked for the LAT from 1961 to 1998 and was the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association a whopping 14 times.

Lunch: The Special Post-Election Edition

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— DIANE CLEHANE

The Michael’s crowd was in full party mode today as television titans, media mavens and talking heads mingled gleefully with politicos who were celebrating Barack Obama‘s historic victory. “Finally, some good news!” exclaimed one of the regulars as he made his way into the jam-packed dining room. It seemed more than a bit poetic that on the eve of Camelot 2.0 Caroline Kennedy quietly made her way to table one, avoiding all the table-hopping and glad-handing that was going on around her. If there were any disappointed John McCain supporters in the room, they were keeping a low profile. Okay, Mary Matalin made the scene with hubby James Carville but she didn’t exactly look like she was celebrating. Everyone agreed Obama’s speech last night was stirring, but one observer offered this insight to chew on: “Sure it’s exciting, but it’s going to be pretty much impossible to live up to all this hype. The guy’s gotta be feeling some pressure.” If he is, he sure is wearing it well.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The Early Show: Saturday Night Live scribe James Signorelli; Second shift: Caroline Kennedy, Jimmy Buffett and his wife Jamie

2. Producer Jon Hart, Doug Steiner and another gent we didn’t get to meet…

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong, producer Susan Stroman (Young Frankenstein), uber-agent Ed Victor and his gorgeous wife Carol. A little birdie told me the ‘Mayor’ will be hosting one of his legendary lunches next week. We can’t wait!

4. Gerald Schoenfeld with an unidentified gent

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HarperStudio: The 26th Story

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Back in April Harper Collins announced it was launching HarperStudio a new imprint to be headed by Bob Miller, which would forgo the continually escalating bidding wars and book advances that are threatening to sink the publishing world, in lieu of a profit-sharing model, i.e., the writer gets less upfront (Miller says deals won’t top $100, 000) and a larger percentage of the profits.

This means that we aren’t acquiring the same books that other publishers are trying to acquire. In the beginning, we missed the adrenaline rush and the thrill of outspending our competitors. But as anyone who has ever gone to an estate auction off some roadside in Vermont knows, this also means that we aren’t buying things in the heat of the moment, furniture that we start regretting before we’ve barely lifted the broken pieces into the back of the car.

Senior editor Julia Cheiffetz tells us “We are asking some of the larger questions: In our oversaturated media environment how can we make books exciting and relevant and cool? as well as trying to face the very practical issue of returns and skyrocketing production costs.” So what kinds of books are they acquiring? Hint: Isabella Rossellini, Mark Twain, and 50 Cent are all on the list.

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