By Yvonne Carrasco
The Dodgers and Univision Los Angeles today announced a three-year partnership that will make Univision Radio KTNQ 1020 AM the Spanish-language flagship station of the Dodgers’ radio network through the 2018 season.
Hall of Fame broadcaster and “the Spanish Voice of the Dodgers” Jaime Jarrín returns to the broadcast booth for his 58th season alongside son Jorge Jarrín, who joins Jaime in the booth for the second season. The Jarríns are the only father-son broadcasting team in MLB Spanish-language radio.
Former Dodger outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. has joined the Dodger Talk team for AM 570 LA Sports Radio.
In addition, Tim Cates will host the Dodgers pregame show for the first time, incorporating reports from Rick Monday and David Vassegh leading up to the game.
Vassegh is returning for his fifth season to the Dodger Talk postgame show, where he will be joined by Gwynn with contributions from Monday, Charley Steiner, Alanna Rizzo and Ned Colletti.
Dodger Talk can be heard each night from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. during Spring Training and, beginning March 31 with the Freeway Series against the Angels, following every game through the 2016 season.
Known as a top defensive outfielder, Gwynn had a .309 on-base percentage and 80 steals in 106 attempts across his 685-game big-league career from 2006-14. That includes 239 games with the Dodgers in 2011-12, when he had 10 triples and 35 steals. Gwynn tied or led the Dodgers in triples both years.
A UCLA graduate, Cates has worked in sports talk radio for almost 20 years, covering the NBA Finals, World Series, Super Bowl and NCAA Final Fours, and serving as a producer, reporter and host on Fox Sports Radio Network and AM 570 LA Sports. Most recently, Cates has hosted UCLA football and basketball pregame and postgame shows, and can also be heard as the studio host for Compass Media Networks coverage of the Oakland Raiders and NCAA football and basketball.
Vin Scully won two awards for best play-by-play — in radio and in television — at the 25th annual Southern California Sports Broadcaster Awards, announced today at the Lakeside Golf Club.
Jaime Jarrin was named best foreign-language play-by-play announcer, while Orel Hershiser was the winner in TV color analysis and Rick Monday in radio color commentary.
Scully, Jarin and Monday are all in the organization’s Hall of Fame.
Scully has won the radio award, named in honor of Chick Hearn, 18 times since its inception in 1991, and the TV award 13 times. (Winners of three consecutive awards in a category are not eligible to repeat for one year.)
Ann Meyers Drysdale also received a special award, the Chuck Benedict/Stu Nahan President’s Award, while former Dodger executive Tommy Hawkins won the Gil Stratton Lifetime Achievement Award.
By Mark Langill
The most underappreciated Hall of Famer in Dodger history celebrates his 80th birthday today. This, of course, is a biased view of Dodger broadcaster Jaime Jarrin, because the author of this post didn’t learn much more Spanish after Mrs. Gomez’ class as a sophomore at South Pasadena High School.
“I don’t what you’re saying on the radio,” Long Beach Press-Telegram reporter Gordie Verrell once told Jarrin in the early 1990s. “But it sounds great.”
Jarrin, the consummate gentleman, takes such praise from those living in the Vin Scully Parallel Universe in stride. He is secure with his place in history, culminating with his Cooperstown induction in 1998. The Dodgers are the only MLB franchise with a pair of Hall of Fame broadcasters.
Making plans to complete his sixth decade with the Dodgers, Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin has committed to returning to the Dodgers for three more seasons.
“I’ve been so blessed,” said Jarrin of his tenure with the Dodgers and his broadcasting career. “It has been such a special time sharing the broadcasts with our fans and having my son, Jorge, join me in the booth.
“I started thinking about the number 60 in my mind this season. I sat down with the Dodgers and agreed on three more years to get to my 60th year, and then we’ll see about the future at that time. I’m still having a great time and I love what I am doing. And the Dodgers and our fans have been very supportive.”
Said Dodger president and CEO Stan Kasten. “Jaime is one of the most popular Dodgers among our fan base, and they look forward to his description of each and every game.”
Since joining the Dodgers in 1959, four years after he arrived in the United States from his native Ecuador, Jarrin has called three perfect games, 21 no-hitters, 28 World Series, 28 All-Star games and 31 postseason series. He officially received the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford C. Frick Award on July 26, 1998.
By Jon Weisman
With a reveal in the second inning of tonight’s Dodger game, Vin Scully has officially announced he will return to the Dodgers broadcast booth for his 67th season in 2016.
“I talked it over with my wife, Sandi, and my family and we’ve decided to do it again in 2016,” Scully said. “There’s no place like home and Dodger Stadium and we look forward to being a part of it with all of our friends.”
Said Dodger president and CEO Stan Kasten: “Vin is a national treasure, and the Dodgers couldn’t be happier to have him back at the microphone in 2016. Vin makes every broadcast special, and generation after generation of Dodger fans have been blessed to be able to listen to him create his poetic magic since 1950. We look forward to adding many new chapters to that legacy in 2016.”
If you date the franchise back to its American Association roots in 1884, Brooklyn played 66 seasons before Scully’s arrival, and Brooklyn-Los Angeles has played 66 seasons since.
Today marks the official debut of the all-new AM 570 LA Sports, co-owned by the Dodgers and iHeartMedia Los Angeles and featuring the Dodgers’ “LA” logo.
Here is the weekday schedule:
- 6 a.m. – 9 a.m., Dan Patrick
- 9 a.m. – 12 noon: “LA Today” with Bill Reiter and Leann Tweeden
- 12 noon – 3 p.m.: Jay Mohr
- 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.: “Petros and Money Show”
- 7 p.m. and after Dodger games: “Dodger Talk” with David Vassegh and Kevin Kennedy
“We are thrilled to partner with AM 570 LA Sports,” Dodger president and CEO Stan Kasten said in a press release. “We’ve had a wonderful relationship over the years, and our new partnership will make it even stronger as we work together to bring Dodger fans the finest in L.A. Sports radio programming.”
For the first time, Hall of Fame broadcaster Jaime Jarrin and his son Jorge will form the broadcast team for the Dodgers’ Spanish radio broadcasts on KTNQ 1020 AM.
Pepe Yniguez and Fernando Valenzuela will be the Spanish broadcast team for SportsNet LA on television, with Manny Mota contributing on both radio and TV.
On the English-language side, the broadcast teams pick up where they left off, starting with Vin Scully on SportsNet LA for Dodger home games and select road games. Scully will simulcast the first three innings on KLAC 570 AM, with Charley Steiner and Rick Monday taking over on radio in the fourth inning.
For the other games, Steiner, Orel Hershiser and Nomar Garciaparra will work TV, with Monday joined by Kevin Kennedy on radio.
This is season No. 66 for Scully with the Dodgers and No. 57 for Jaime Jarrin. Monday is working his 23rd season behind the Dodger mic; Yniguez his 17th, Valenzuela his 13th and Steiner his 11th. Mota is in his sixth season as a Dodger broadcaster and 47th overall with the franchise.
KLAC AM 570 has signed a multiyear agreement with the Dodgers to renew their radio broadcast rights for the team’s regular season games, select Spring training games and potential postseason games.
The deal, subject to MLB approval, includes an equity position in the station for Dodgers owners as well as the opportunity to collaborate on programming.
KLAC will also continue to provide pregame and postgame shows to the entire Dodger Radio Network, which includes 22 stations across the state and country.
— Jon Weisman
If Tuesday’s Vin Scully 65th anniversary replica talking microphone promotion reflected his big break into show business, the giveaway box would also include a 50-yard extension cord.
Fresh out of Fordham University in 1949, Scully was a radio reporter for CBS and assigned to cover the Maryland-Boston University college football game at Boston’s Fenway Park. Scully arrived at the press box expecting to sit in a booth. Instead, he was shown the roof, where an engineer sat at a little card table. There was also a microphone with a long cord.