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Posts Tagged ‘Vin Scully’

Vin Scully Laps KFWB

VinScullyDodgerStadiumLiving legend Vin Scully was born in 1927. Two years after the launch of Los Angeles AM radio station KFWB, originally owned by a group that included Warner Bros. co-founder Sam Warner.

All these years later, there was on the west coast the equivalent of a media “safe” call for Scully and a base-path-umpires-appeal “out” verdict for KFWB. While the 86-year-old broadcaster announced Tuesday that he is returning for another glorious season of radio and TV work in 2015, KFWB indicated last Friday that it will be switching to a mostly syndicated all-sports format in September. (The radio station, currently owned by CBS and held in a FCC-rules related trust, adopted its current all-news approach in 1968.)

We’re a bit surprised that at press time, neither the LA Register or LA Times appear to have reported on the KFWB switch. Although both papers rely mostly on freelance radio columnists now, this is media news that merits a scheduled editorial calendar pre-empt.

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Reporter Earns High Praise from Vin Scully

LARegisterVinScullyLast month, we highlighted Sharon Henry‘s wonderful illustration in the Los Angeles Register depicting a typical day at the office for legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully.

Via Twitter, Henry yesterday made us aware of an equally wonderful and entirely emblematic response from the man himself. On May 5, Scully dispatched a letter of thanks to the graphic reporter and included the following sentence:

I think I enjoyed your great artwork as much as anything that has ever been written about my job.

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Vin Scully, Illustrated

LARegisterVinScullyWithout a doubt, Vin Scully is the only current MLB play-by-play man who chose to annotate – for future broadcast use – Amanda Foreman‘s February 21 Wall Street Journal article “A Brief History of Avoiding Exercise.”

Per a wonderful graphic in the Los Angeles Register by visual columnist Sharon Henry, the 86-year-old Scully is still idiosyncratically at-it in Chavez Ravine. From her Vin-diagram:

He’s highlighted the [WSJ] part that describes how one out of three World War I draftees was unfit for combat. He imagines a time (perhaps when a player is out of breath after running to second) that he can share this with his audience.

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Best Lede About Dodgers-Padres Fracas Goes to…

Who is Grey Albright? Well, when you click on an embedded mention of that question at fantasy baseball blog razzball.com, you learn that this prolific LA-based author is using part of the proceeds from an e-book to support his “growing drinking problem.”

This morning, under the headline “That’s Fertilizer!” (a reference to Vin Scully’s instant-(again)-classic, family-friendly relaying of Matt Kemp’s “That’s f***ing bullsh*t!” 6th inning fury), Albright is also the owner of a very funny lede about last night’s bench-clearing brawl at Petco Park. We understand, as one of them, that this is no laughing matter for Dodgers fans. Still, it’s virtually impossible not to smile when reading Albright’s opening sentence:

When one guy in a fight is named after a maximum security prison and the other guy is named after something Velma from Scooby Doo says when startled, who do you think is gonna win?

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Video: Vin Scully’s Unique First Pitch

Thursday at Dodger Stadium was Vin Scully bobblehead night, and the  broadcast legend was asked to throw out the first pitch.

You didn’t really expect the 84-year-old to throw out his arm by tossing from the mound, did you?

Anchor’s Failed Vin Scully Joke Results in a Profanity

By now, you’re well aware that Vin Scully is returning to the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2013 for his 64th season.

Well, KTLA’s Rebecca Hall reported the story on Sunday’s broadcast and decided to get cute when describing Scully’s career:

“So for 63 years, he’s been the voice of the Dodgers, since Harry Truman was president. He’s described Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Bums, the ’55 champs, Don Larsen’s perfect game, Sandy Koufax’s four no-hitters, Fernandomania, Kirk Gibson and seven world championships. Phew. (wipes brow)  C’mon Vin, get your shit together! Is that all you got? … Get your stuff together, that’s what I meant to say.”

Whoops.

This is where you normally could watch the video but the Tribune interns have been pulling the clips from YouTube all day.

One will slip through the cracks eventually. When it does, look it up — pretty funny stuff.

[H/T Big League Stew]

Larry King NOW Moves Across Town to Glendale

In our review of the first week of broadcasts of Larry King’s Internet talk show, we noted how strange and unusual it was to watch the suspender-ed one gabbing from the comfort of his Beverly Hills home. No longer.

Per an interview in the LA Times, the ora.tv/Hulu weekday program has been relocated to new studio facilities in Glendale, with paint colors picked out by wife Shawn. For people living in the Jewel City, this is a big deal. First came the Americana at Brand; now follows SoCal’s closest active, broadcast brand-equivalent to that term (excepting, by King’s own admission, Vin Scully):

King’s plan is to keep asking questions and continue Larry King NOW for another seven years — until 2020, or until he dies.

“I think that’s the way it’s going to end,” King said. “I will fall over. And Shawn will emcee the funeral, but she’ll be late. She’ll be home doing her hair.”

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The Power of Vin: A.J. Ellis Trends in the U.S.

Vin Scully is getting quite the education on Twitter this week.

After reading Shane Victorino‘s tweet on Tuesday, the 84-year-old broadcaster wanted to get Los Angeles Dodger catcher A.J. Ellis trending on Twitter.

In a matter of minutes, Ellis was trending in the U.S., much to the delight on Scully.

By the way, Ellis hit two home runs on Friday as the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 6-1.

As Expected, Vin Scully Hasn’t Heard of Twitter

Welcome to 2012, Vin Scully.

The 84-year-old voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers read a tweet sent out by newly acquired outfielder Shane Victorino during Tuesday’s broadcast. Based on his awkward delivery, this was likely Scully’s introduction to the wonderful world of Twitter.

This clip is all the proof I need to know that @VinScully is an impostor.

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:

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