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VinScully

VinScully

Background

VinScully is a celebrated American broadcaster, and focuses on sportbroadcasting. Born in 1972, the broadcaster is mostly referred to asplay-by-play presenter for the Dodgers baseball team in Los Angeles(Scully, 2015). Scully has been the team’s sportscaster for 66seasons (1950 to present day) (Scully, 2015). This is the longestterm a broadcaster has stayed with one team in specialized sportshistory. At present, Scully broadcasts Dodger home and specific roadgames on KLAC radio as well as SportsNet LA television (Smith, 1993).He has certain characteristics which makes him an excellentbroadcaster including melodious voice, an evocative style, as well asa tremendous signature introduction.

Scullystarted the baseball presenter vocation in 1950. His first team wasBrooklyn Dodgers. In 1982, he joined the National Baseball Hall ofFame in 1982 (Maury, 2014). Scully has reported a number of iconicmoments since he began his career. They include Don Larsen’s idealgame, Orel Hershiser and Sandy Koufax’s four no-hitters amongothers (Scully, 2015). When he was only 25 years, Scully was theyoungest individual to anchor a World Series game. In 1959, thenon-profit American Sportscasters Association voted him as the bestsportscaster of the twentieth century. Scully’s age is not animpediment of his career as he is still considered a nationaltreasure. He has been able to overcome all odds to become one of thetop sportscaster in America.

Scully’sBackground in Sports Broadcasting

Sincehe started his career, Scully has broadcasted for various teams as isevidenced in the current section. He started his first career wherehe served in the US Navy. From here, he moved to Fordham Universitywhere he served as a presenter as well as journalist. He took part inassisting the university establish its WFUV radio station. Currently,the station broadcasts Scully’s Lifetime Achievement Award annually(Los Angeles Dodgers, 2014). Other accomplishments during this timeincluded the following: assisting in sports editing of The FordhamRam, obtained a degree, took part ion the baseball team as a centerfiled player, broadcasted for Rams basketball, football, andbaseball, and took part in a barbershop quartet as a singer. It wasduring this time when he sent approximately 150 applications todifferent stations in the Eastern seaboard seeking for employment.Out of all those applications, he only received a single reply fromthe CBS Radio. The station is an associate of WTOP based inWashington, D. C., which gave Scully a temporary job.

TheCBS Radio Network director, Red Barber, acted as both a mentor and arecruiter to Scully. Barber hired Scully as the presenter of thestation’s college football reporting. His good coverage in 1949’sgame held in Boston, Fenway Park made an impression to his boss (LosAngeles Dodgers, 2014). His dedication, tolerance, and passion arewhat contributed to his matchless reporting. During his stay at CBSstation, Scully received significant mentoring from Barber. He wastold that he could only become a successful sports presenter bykeeping his viewpoints to himself, stop listening to otherbroadcasters, and never show concern to the team that hires him(Smith, 1993).

Scullyjoined the Brooklyn Dodgers television and radio booths in the year1950. This was where he met Barber, who worked as a principlepresenter. Scully broadcasted the World Series game in 1953, asBarber had already left Dodgers due to salary issues with hissponsor. This made Scully the youngest broadcaster of the WorldSeries Game and this is still in record up till now. The leaving ofBarber also made Scully the principle presenter of Dodgers. He workedin Brooklyn for seven years (until 1957), and accompanied the team toLos Angeles, their novel location (Simers, 2001).

Aftermoving to Los Angeles in 1958, Scully became famous especially inSouthern California. It was partly contributed by the failure of thefans to follow the game due to the huge Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum(Simers, 2001). As a result, they preferred carrying their transistorradios to listen to Scully describing the action. The act continuedeven when the baseball games were held in smaller stadiums in 1962.Scully’s excellence in reporting made it hard for television andradio engineers to recompense him.

Althoughhe had become a successful baseball anchor, Scully also anchoredfootball games. Between 1975 and 1982, he broadcasted the NationalFootball League on television for CBS sports (Dilbeck, 2013). Heteamed up with a number of color analysts such as Alex Hawkins, JimBrown, Hank Stram, and George Allen among others (Smith, 1993). In1970s and 1980s, Scully took part in PGA Tour gold reporting. Between1975 and 1982, he participated in the coverage of the Masterscompetition for CBS. During this time, he had a network ofcommitments which made him offer less reporting for the Dodgers.

Between1983 and 1989, Scully was termed as the best NBC principle baseballpresenter. He participated in announcing the Saturday Game for NBC,World Series, National League Series, and All-Star Games (Dilbeck,2013). Besides, he broadcasted Dodgers home and road games on radioand television respectively.

From1990 to present day, Scully focused chiefly on broadcasting forDodgers. He also broadcasted the World Series for CBS Radio until1997 (Sandomir, 1998). For those seven years, he worked together withother two presenters who were Johnny Bench and Jeff Torborg (Lananna,2014). In 2006, Scully’s contract was extended for two years byDodgers management. He earned approximately three million dollarsevery year. However, from 2005, Scully was involved in health issueswhich prevented him from taking part in non-play off tournaments heldin Phoenix. During this time, he was not scheduled to broadcastDodgers tournaments both on television and radio.

Scully’scomeback in 2015 has already been announced. This would mark the 66thseason for the broadcaster to announce Dodgers games (Matt, 2014).His return was announced publicly and officially in the Dodger’sStadium (Matt, 2014 Shaikin, 2013).

Conclusion

Asevidenced in the current paper, it is clear that Scully was and isstill is one of the most celebrated sportscasters in America as wellas other places. Scully has participated in covering a wide array oftournaments both on radio and television. Since 1950 when he startedhis career as a presenter, he has worked with various stationsincluding CBS radio and WFUV radio. He has also broadcasted frodifferent teams such as Dodgers and World Series. His remarkablecareer can be linked with his melodious voice, an evocative style, aswell as a tremendous signature introduction. He is also passionateand dedicated to his career, and this has made him popular and wellliked by his fans.

References

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Lananna,M. (July 30, 2014). &quotScully to return to Dodgers booth for 66thseason&quot. MLB.com.retrieved fromhttp://m.mlb.com/news/article/86971774/broadcaster-vin-scully-to-return-to-dodgers-booth-for-66th-season

LosAngeles Dodgers (2014). Broadcasters.Retrieved from http://losangeles.dodgers.mlb.com/team/broadcasters.jsp?c_id=la

MattS. (2014). VinScully will return for 66th season broadcasting Dodgers games.Retrieved fromhttp://www.cbssports.com/mlb/eye-on-baseball/24642389/vin-scully-will-return-for-66th-season-broadcasting-dodgers-games

MauryB. (2014). Dodgers Hall Of Fame Broadcaster Vin Scully Says He`sReturning In 2015. Forbes.Retrieved fromhttp://www.forbes.com/sites/maurybrown/2014/07/29/dodgers-hall-of-fame-broadcaster-vin-scully-says-hes-returning-in-2015/

Sandomir,R. (March 21, 1998). &quotScully signs off World Series radio&quot.TheNew York Times.Retrieved fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/1998/03/21/sports/plus-baseball-scully-signs-off-world-series-radio.html

Scully,V. (2015). Officialwebsite-biography.Retrieved fromhttp://officialvinscully.com/biography.php

Shaikin,B. (August 23, 2013). &quotIt`s official: Vin Scully will return in2014&quot. LosAngeles Times.Retrieved fromhttp://articles.latimes.com/2013/aug/23/sports/la-sp-dodgers-scully-20130823#axzz2cqojV9zg

Simers,T.J. (April 22, 2001). &quotScully should be heard when talk is ofgreatness&quot. LosAngeles Times.Retrieved fromhttp://articles.latimes.com/2001/apr/22/sports/sp-54267

Smith,C. (July 7, 1993). &quotDodgers` death brings out the best&quot.NewYork Times.Retrieved fromhttp://www.nytimes.com/1993/07/07/sports/on-baseball-dodgers-deaths-bring-out-the-best.html