Sportscaster Fred Roggin to sign off from KNBC Channel 4 after 42 years – Orange County Register

Fred Rogin is retiring from television this week, after more than 42 years of bringing sports news to LA-area viewers.

It will stop airing daily sports segments on KNBC Channel 4 and focus its 570 AM radio show on other creative outlets, the network announced Tuesday.

On December 31, Rogin, 65, thanked his loyal listeners and viewers in a tweet; “2023 the best is yet to come!!”

On Thursday, a regular on local television airwaves since 1980, appearing on the nightly newscast, creating and producing the 30-minute sports commentary program “Going Roggin,” he will sign off from NBC for the last time. Hosting the live multi-platform show “The Challenge”.

Originally from Detroit, Rogin grew up in Phoenix and attended Phoenix College, where he studied broadcasting. KNBC hired him from its NBC affiliate in Phoenix, tasking him with creating the station’s “Sunday Night Sports” show, which ran for 18 years. He also served as weekend sports anchor and produced midweek features.

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In the decade since his arrival, he has covered eight championships, including five Lakers NBA titles, two Dodgers World Series crowns and a Raiders Super Bowl victory. He made his debut in September 1980, the same month as Rogin.

He has been part of NBC’s Olympic coverage since 1984, doing every Olympics.

Rogin didn’t just deliver the highlights. He did it with a different kind of humor. And he’s also, as former Daily News columnist Tom Hoffarth wrote, “a popular producer, a master marketer, adept at analyzing marketing data and ratings trends, with statistics and results, and a familiar face in a changing market.” A lot of times.”

To keep up with the ever-changing media landscape, Rogin has shown adaptability and innovation in thinking about how to continue to retain and develop its audience.

In the year In 2006, “the world was changing, so we had to start changing, and we had to figure out how to appeal to a wider audience, not just the male-dominated sports audience.” ? We must remember: our business is television, our mission is sports, and good production makes good TV.

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“… You have to reinvent yourself over the years,” he added. “We may no longer be the gateway to sports information, but people come to us for perspective and diversity. Research has proven this over the years.

And so after “Sunday Night Football” he did his job differently, including hosting “The Challenge” every week for 17 seasons. On the show, he and Peter Papadakis cover NFL action and present high school football highlights from Southern California. He highlights “rogue heroes” and finds ways to appeal to even non-football fans, offering weekly prizes like a family four-pack of Vans or a pair of general admission tickets to Universal Studios.

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For his contributions to sports broadcasting, Rogin was awarded the In 2013, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Los Angeles Press Club by Joseph M. Quinn received award recognition and was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2014 and the California Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. In the year In 2020, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern California Radio and Television News Association.

He has also been awarded 35 Los Angeles Emmy Awards, 30 Golden Mike Awards, five Associated Press Awards and has been honored multiple times by the Los Angeles Press Club Awards.


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