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Vin Scully, recently retired voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for 67 years, has been named as one of the recipients of t...
11/17/2016

Vin Scully, recently retired voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers for 67 years, has been named as one of the recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Other recipients include basketball Hall of Famers Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as iconic actor Robert DeNiro and legendary musician Bruce Springsteen. Scully will receive his award, which is the highest civilian honor in the United States specifically given to individuals who made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors,” at the White House on November 22. The broadcasting legend is pictured here receiving the "Sportscaster of the Century" Award from ASA President Lou Schwartz at Dodger Stadium in 2000.

After a 108 year drought, the Chicago Cubs have finally won the World Series. The following is ASA member Joe Buck's cal...
11/03/2016

After a 108 year drought, the Chicago Cubs have finally won the World Series. The following is ASA member Joe Buck's call on Fox of this historical sports moment:

“Here’s the 0-1. This is going to be a tough play! Bryant! THE CUBS! WIN THE WORLD SERIES! Bryant makes the play! It’s over! And the Cubs have finally won it all, 8-7 in 10!”

On the radio side, Pat Hughes provided this description on 670 WSCR in Chicago:

“A little bouncer, slowly towards Bryant. He will glove it and throw to Rizzo! This game’s over, and the Chicago Cubs win the World Series! The Cubs come pouring out of the dugout, jumping up and down like a bunch of delirious 10-year-olds! The Cubs have done it! The longest drought in the history of American sports is over, and the celebration begins!”

Congratulations Chicago!

Longtime Houston Rockets broadcaster and ASA Lifetime member Bill Worrell will reduce his schedule to home games and sel...
09/23/2016

Longtime Houston Rockets broadcaster and ASA Lifetime member Bill Worrell will reduce his schedule to home games and selected road games on Root Sports Southwest this season. Radio broadcaster Craig Ackerman will assume TV play by play duties for most Rockets road games. Worrell is teamed with Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler and fellow ASA member Matt Bullard.

It looks like the Dodgers will be headed to the post season, unfortunately, legendary announcer Vin Scully has said he w...
09/16/2016

It looks like the Dodgers will be headed to the post season, unfortunately, legendary announcer Vin Scully has said he won’t be calling any playoff games on the radio. The ASA Hall of Famer will say his goodbyes to the home crowd at Dodger Stadium on Sept 25th and his final game will be Oct. 2 against the Giants at AT&T Park. The team has been lobbying for Scully to continue to grace the airwaves into the playoffs but the season, his 67th , has been one long farewell tour and its probably starting to weigh on the 88-year old. After all, how many times can you say goodbye. Baseball won’t be the same without him. Here's a nice shot of Scully at the ASA Hall of Fame Dinner in 1992 with Yogi Berra, Jon Miller, Tommy Lasorda and Bob Costas.

Good Luck to Lifetime ASA Member Sean McDonough who is set to call his first Monday Night Football game, the Pittsburgh ...
09/12/2016

Good Luck to Lifetime ASA Member Sean McDonough who is set to call his first Monday Night Football game, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Washington Redskins, tonight at 7:10 pm with partner Jon Gruden. McDonough is taking over the reins from fellow Lifetime member Mike Tirico, who is now with NBC.

Craig Sager, colorful NBA sideline reporter for TNT, received a rare third bone marrow transplant on August 31 as he con...
09/01/2016

Craig Sager, colorful NBA sideline reporter for TNT, received a rare third bone marrow transplant on August 31 as he continues to battle Leukemia. The lifetime ASA member, who announced in March that his cancer had returned, was forced to cancel his trip to the Rio Olympics. Sager, 65, has been remarkably upbeat since he was diagnosed with the disease in 2014. “Man, life is too beautiful, too wonderful, there’s just too many things,” Sager said. “It’s not just you. It’s your family and kids and all. Fight. Fight until the end. Fight as hard as you can.” Our thoughts and prayers are with him.

The Golden State Warriors are moving...to a different radio station. After 32 years on KNBR, the Warriors will have a ne...
08/31/2016

The Golden State Warriors are moving...to a different radio station. After 32 years on KNBR, the Warriors will have a new home on 95.7 "The Game" starting with the 2016-17 NBA season. Tim Roye, the team’s play-by-play man for 22 years, will be making the move. However, the status of analyst Tom Tolbert, who also hosts a talk show in KNBR, is uncertain. The recent knock on KNBR is that the Warriors games were sometimes bumped down the dial for Giants baseball. “The Game” will dedicate much more air time to the 2015 NBA Champs, including the playoffs, extended pre- and post-game coverage and special programming.

Mike Tirico will be doing football on NBC after all. The former ESPN “Monday Night Football” voice, who  was scheduled t...
08/30/2016

Mike Tirico will be doing football on NBC after all. The former ESPN “Monday Night Football” voice, who was scheduled to do the play-by-play on NBC’s Thursday Night Football package before the NFL decided they wanted Al Michaels to handle the call, has been given the assignment of host of “Sunday Night Football.” Bob Costas, who has been handling those duties, will now preside over the Thursday night telecasts.

Report: Al Michaels not Mike Tirico will call Thursday Night Football for NBC
08/22/2016
Report: Al Michaels not Mike Tirico will call Thursday Night Football for NBC

Report: Al Michaels not Mike Tirico will call Thursday Night Football for NBC

When Mike Tirico was lured to NBC away from ESPN, the conventional wisdom was that he would call Thursday Night Football games with Cris Collinsworth while Al Michaels would continue to call Sunday Night Football. Well, that plan has apparently been kiboshed by the NFL, a.k.a. "The 800 lb. Gorilla."...

According to Brazilian authorities, U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed at gunpoint last Sunday by ...
08/18/2016

According to Brazilian authorities, U.S. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte lied about being robbed at gunpoint last Sunday by men posing as police officers. It seems Lochte and two other U.S. swimmers were heading back to the Olympic Village after partying at Club France until the wee hours of the morning when they stopped at a gas station to use the restroom. Apparently the athletes damaged the restroom door and were detained by a security guard, who did brandish a gun. Lochte and the other swimmers eventually resolved the situation with the station manager and paid for the damages. Not sure why Lochte and company felt the need to fabricate this story, which garnered international attention and struck a major blow to Rio's already tarnished image as a high crime area. Olympic officials aren't making too much of the incident though, essentially chalking it up to "boys being boys."

U.S. women's soccer star Hope Solo was taken to task by former teammates and analysts Julie Foudy and Danielle Slaton fo...
08/15/2016

U.S. women's soccer star Hope Solo was taken to task by former teammates and analysts Julie Foudy and Danielle Slaton for saying "we played a bunch of cowards" following the U.S. team's shocking loss to Sweden last Friday.

Foudy, now an ESPN analyst who played with Solo before retiring in 2004, had this to say:

“I shook my head. I thought, why is that necessary. There’s a long history and tradition with our national team of respecting others when you lose, so I don’t agree with it at all. I think it’s pretty obvious that Sweden took a tactic that most outmatched teams take in soccer, it’s been happening for centuries in fact.

“They played a lower defensive line, I wouldn’t even call it a bunker because they did come out, it wasn’t like they bunkered the entire game. To call them cowards for playing a tactically smart game is ridiculous and classless, and it really doesn’t represent the house that we built with the U.S. team.”

Danielle Slaton, who played for the U.S. team from 1999-2003 and is covering the Olympics in Rio, also came down on her former teammate.

“It’s ridiculous,” Slaton said. “It’s not cowardice, it’s discipline. They had a game plan and they stuck to it. I get that she’s frustrated, I get that that’s maybe not the result she wanted, but I disagree with her fully, wholeheartedly. Credit goes to Sweden, and quite frankly, Hope Solo needs to learn how to be a gracious loser.”

It was a tough day for Solo, who was unable to stop the penalty kicks that eventually gave Sweden the victory and sent the U.S. team home without reaching the finals for the first time since women's soccer became an Olympic sport in 1996.

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🎙🎂On January 25, 1918 Ernie Harwell was born in Washington, Georgia.🎂🎙 •Birth Name: William Earnest Harwell •College: Emory University •Sports Covered: Baseball •Years Active: 1943-2002 •Worked For: WSB-AM, WCBM-AM, WMAR-TV, WJR, WKBD-TV, WXYT-AM, NBC Radio, CBS Radio and ESPN Radio •Teams Covered: Atlanta Crackers (1943, 1948), Brooklyn Dodgers (1948–1949), New York Giants (1950–1953), Baltimore Orioles (1954–1959), Detroit Tigers (1960–1991, 1993–2002) and California Angels (1992) •Awards & Highlights: Ford C. Frick Award (1981), 19-time National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Michigan Sportscaster of the Year, Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting (2001), Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association Ernie Harwell Lifetime Contribution Award (2009) and Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award (2010) •Legacy: Inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame (1991), the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame (1989), The Michigan Sports Hall of Fame (1998), the National Radio Hall of Fame (1998), Emory University Hall of Fame (1990) and the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame (2008) *In January 2009, the American Sportscasters Association ranked Harwell 16th on its list of Top 50 Sportscasters of All Time. Harwell was the only broadcaster to be traded for a player (Cliff Dapper). •Died: May 4, 2010 (aged 92) in Novi, Michigan
🎙🎂On November 29, 1927 Vin Scully was born in The Bronx, New York.🎂🎙 •Birth Name: Vincent Edward Scully •High School: Fordham Preparatory School (also known as Fordham Prep - Bronx) •College: Fordham University •Sports Covered: Major League Baseball, NFL and PGA Tour golf *Scully called basketball, football and baseball games while at Fordham and helped found Fordham’s FM radio station WFUV •Teams Covered: Brooklyn / Los Angeles Dodgers (1950–2016) *While the Dodgers were in Brooklyn Dodgers, the games were broadcast over WMGM radio (1050) on the AM dial (now WEPN (1050 AM)), as well as WOR-TV (channel 9) (now WWOR-TV) both in New York •Worked For: CBS Sports (1975–1982) and NBC Sports (1983–1989) •Years Active: 1949-2016 •Awards: Ford C. Frick Award (1982), Commissioner's Historic Achievement Award (2014), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016), Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award, 4-time National Sports Media Association National Sportscaster of the Year (1965, 1978, 1982, 2016), California Sportscaster of the Year (33 times) and American Sportscasters Association Sportscaster of the Century (2000) •Legacy: Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, induced into the Radio Hall of Fame (1995), the California Sportscaster Hall of Fame (1991), the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame (1992) and the California Sports Hall of Fame (2009)