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Posts Tagged ‘Jim Lampley’

Sexism Struggles for WFAN’s First Voice, Suzyn Waldman: They Were ‘Terrible to Me’

America’s first, all-sports radio station–WFAN–had its first, full-blown workout on July 1, 1987 at the stroke of 3 p.m., and at 1050 on the AM dial. Not so incidental is the fact that Suzyn Waldman was the first talent to grace its airwaves.

“I was sitting in my place in the studio, and you could see into the control room, which was all glass.” Waldman recalls. “And the people from WHN were standing there … holding hands, and people were crying. I was very aware that when my voice hit the airwaves, WHN would cease to exist.”

She provided updates that inaugural afternoon for Jim Lampley‘s show.

For the next 14 years, she was heard constantly at the ballpark or in-studio, as host (two years in midday with Jody McDonald) or reporter.

But beneath the surface, right from the beginning, it was not the greatest time of her career. The primary reason was sexism.

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Jim Lampley on His Time at KCBS, Olympic Coverage

I recently had the chance to interview HBO Sports announcer and former KCBS anchor Jim Lampley about his remarkable career for “So What Do You Do” and here are the nuggets that I saved for FishbowlLA.

Enjoy.

FBLA: Do you have any regrets about your time at KCBS?

JL: I have no regrets about everything I experienced as a television news anchor. I think it was a very productive part of my process. It was probably another reason why I didn’t feel uncomfortable later on in the political arena because I had done news for four years. At the end of the day, that job was not as satisfying to me. I didn’t get as much out of it as some of the other things in my career. I had to do it to learn that so I couldn’t honestly say I was disappointed or regretful about that. I did what I did and it was good for me at the time. It helped me grow.

FBLA: What does it say about the current state of Olympic coverage when the broadcaster who’s anchored a record 14 games won’t be working in London but Ryan Seacrest will be?

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Former KCBS Anchor Now the Voice of Boxing

Local media junkies might remember Jim Lampley‘s stint as the co-anchor of the KCBS nightly news in the late ’80s. During that same time, Lampley accepted a job with HBO to call boxing and Wimbledon for the cable network.

Little did anyone know that the 63-year-old would go on to become the voice of boxing for today’s generation.

“My boxing career is my most significant broadcasting accomplishment,” Lampley said prior to this Saturday’s HBO pay-per-view fight between Floyd Mayweather and Miguel Cotto. That’s saying something considering he’s called a record 14 Olympics and the first ever college football sideline reporter.

We will have more from Lampley about his time in Los Angeles during an interview for FishbowlLA next month, but in the meantime, you can check out my exclusive “So What Do You Do?” interview.

KCBS Turns To TMZ For Validation of Lampley Story

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Mark Liu, the assignment editor at KCBS, blogs about getting the tip that sportscaster Jim Lampley had been arrested on charges of domestic violence. According to Liu, he turned first to TMZ:

The caller seemed pretty sure of himself, but it’s not enough to hang the entire story on. With no place further to go, I turn to my old friends at TMZ.com, the masters of hunting celebrity news. I call Gillian, their P.R. person extraordinaire, and brief her on the phone about what’s going on with Lampley. (I half expect her to know about the arrest already. TMZ.com is always one step ahead of everyone else on things like this.) Gillian says she wasn’t aware of the arrest and immediately begins working on it with me. I have no idea what kind of resources TMZ has, but between her and Harvey Levin, the two of them are able to squeeze the date of birth of the arrested Jim Lampley out of the SD sheriffs. It matches HBO Jim Lampley’s birthday. It looks like we’ve confirmed it’s the same guy.

Huh? A network news affiliate checks with a gossip site flack first? Yup! Like the Underwriters Lab or the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, the TMZ “thumbs-up” is a sign consumers know and trust for good gossip.

FBLA ceases to wonder what Murrow, Paley, et al would think.