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Former Dodger Announcer Finally Lands a Job

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Back in 2004, Dodger’s owner Frank McCourt made the unpopular decision to get rid of radio play-by-play announcer Ross Porter. Porter had been on the job for 28 years, and considering he had to work with color commentator Rick Monday since 1993 he should’ve gotten hazard pay.

Porter was by no means as eloquent and compelling as Vin Scully. With a few exceptions no one can enter the realm of Vin Scully. But Porter did a good job, and for those of us commuting during a Dodger game he was always very entertaining to listen to.

Since his release after the 2004 season, Porter inexplicably had not gotten a job. That is until today’s announcement via Dodger Thoughts.

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Beginning October 1, "Real Sports Heroes with Ross Porter," 90-second vignettes produced and narrated by Porter, will air every weekday afternoon on KLAC [AM 570] at 5:25.

The segments will focus on positive role models in the sports world. "There are people in sports who are doing positive things, and we want to focus on them," Porter said in a press release. "I think the public is craving for good news. We have been very fortunate in finding some fantastic and inspirational stories."

It's not a play-by-play job and we still have to be forced to listen to Rick Monday, but at least we get to hear his voice once again on the public airwaves.

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