Radio TV News Association Honors
Two Broadcasting Giants At Golden Mike Awards
By George S. Mc Quade III
West Coast Correspondent
A Challenging Year For Broadcast News
says RTNA Pres Steve Kindred
“It’s been another fulfilling year for Radio Television News Association,” RTNA President Steve Kindred, KFWB News 980 told several hundred mostly Radio and TV broadcast journalists at the 57th Annual golden Mike Awards ceremony at the Universal Hilton Hotel, Universal City, CA (Jan. 27, 2007). KFWB took home top honors, and a Golden Mike award for “Best Newscast for over 15 min.” category.
Kindred noted that the RTNA is pursuing First Amendment challenges on two fronts.
“One, we’re examining the possibility of changing the L.A. municipal ordinance, enacted in 1970’s, which limits press passes to reporters who frequently pass through police and fire lines. Current law mandates taking another look at who gets a press pass, and by strictly adhering to this language, many if not most, of our members would no longer be eligible. Second, we have com up with a definition suitable to the RTNA Board of Directors of what constitutes a working broadcast journalist.”
Kindred noted that the RTNA legal Counsel Royal Oakes is working tirelessly to get cameras back into local courtrooms, where judges are still reluctant to allow them in the wake of the exposure that resulted from unfettered live coverage of the OJ Simpson Trial.
In addition to honoring
RTNA honors Vin Scully, Voice of LA Dodgers from 1950 Today
The only person who’s been on the air longer than Vin Scully is Stan Chambers, KTLA, who was present at the 57th Golden Mike Awards and who is a past recipient of Lifetime Achievement Award Honorees. Stan Chambers was also the first broadcaster to show up to the event with his wife, and commented “Yes George, I’m proud to say I’m still on the air.”
Vincent Edward Scully (right) was born in the
Scully took his first steps toward that dream at
The sports director of the CBS Radio network, Red Barber, heard Scully, and recruited him to announce some college football games. Barger mentored Scully, giving him tips that would become Sully hallmarks, like keeping your opinion to yourself, and not rooting for the team that employs you. In 1950, Scully joined Barber and Connie Desmond as part of the
In 1953, the 25-year-old became the youngest announcer ever to call a World Series. After some personnel changes Scully became entrenched as the sole “Voice of the Dodgers.” In 1957 Scully moved to
Over the years Dodger fans have lived every hit, run and error with Scully. His knowledge of the game, players and baseball history is peppered through every broadcast. He seamlessly weaves stories about players and the game into an inning’s worth of play-by-play. The third out is not so much the end of an inning, but the end of a chapter in a book you can’t put down.
When CBS Radio had the World Series from 1979-1982, and 1990 to 1997, Scully was the lead announcer. He did network golf coverage on TV for CBS, NBC, and ABC during the 1970’s and ‘80’s. Scully also called pro football (remember Vin Scully and John Madden?). Plus, he was NBC’s lead baseball announcer for nearly a decade, doing the “Game of the Week” as well as the playoffs and World Series.
Among the most notable moments are calling Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, and Kirk Gibson’s 9th-inning home run that gave the dodgers a come-from-behind win in the first game of the 1988 World Series. Both video highlights were played at the awards ceremony.
Next season will mark Scully’s 49th in
Edwin Clayton Arnold was born in
On a final note Brian Bland, West Coast Bureau Chief, Associated Press, Los Angeles was honored for his nearly three decades of covering breaking news, everything from earthquakes, wildfires to high profile stories. RTNA presented him with a special recognition award. He and his wife Jeanette are planning to celebrate his retirement with a cruise to Hawaii. Best wishes comrade!
Brian Bland and wife