Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Broadcast team, assemble: Dodgers, TWC announce launch date, personalities

After being the worst-kept secret in baseball TV deals, the Dodgers and SportsNet LA today officially announced a launch date of Feb. 25.

The channel will only be available to Time Warner Cable customers at launch, but that will change in the next month as discussions are underway with other distributors.

This coincided with the Dodgers also announcing their new broadcast team for the channel, which has resulted in some shuffling of the cards.

To make it easy, here is a breakdown by broadcast format:



Vin Scully will return for his 65th season to call all Dodger home games and road games in California and Arizona.

The remaining road games will be called by Charley Steiner and Orel Hershiser. They will be joined by in-game reporter Alanna Rizzo.

Pre-game and post-game

The pre- and post-game coverage will be hosted by Rizzo. She will be joined by former Dodgers Nomar Garciaparra and Jerry Hairston, as well as Hershiser, when he is not calling games.


John Hartung will be the studio host for SportsNet LA's live studio shows.


Scully will be simulcast, as normal, for the first three innings of every game he calls.

For home- and road games called by Scully, the radio team will be Steiner and Rick Monday. For road games when Steiner is on TV, Monday and Garciaparra will be handling the radio duties.

An in-depth programming roster and additional on-air talent will be announced closer to SportNet LA's launch date. 

Overall, the Dodgers have already assembled a fantastic broadcast team for this season, which should have fans rejoicing when they watch SportsNet LA or tune in on radio.

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