LA Sports Anchor Fred Roggin to Sign Off at NBC4 – NBC Los Angeles

The 1980s was one of the greatest decades in Los Angeles sports history.

Eight championships were won by local teams, including the first Super Bowl victory, two World Series crowns for the Dodgers and five NBA titles for the Lakers. Seven of the 10 Rose Bowl games featured LA area teams and six of those teams won.

There to be seen was Fred Roggin.

One of the great careers in Los Angeles sports journalism began at the beginning of the decade, when Roggin joined NBC4 in 1980. The Southern California TV sports legend, who saw the history-making and memorable moments of the 1980s and the ranks highs and lows in more than four decades later, signed for the last time on Thursday, January 26, the station announced on Tuesday.

And now, after taking a ride in a DeLorean back to 1981, Fred Roggin shares an All Star report from 41 years ago.

Roggin will be stepping away from NBC4’s daily sports segments and turning his attention to creative outlets, such as his radio show and other opportunities.

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Just like those Los Angeles teams in the 1980s, Roggin won a collection of awards during his career. He won dozens of awards, including 35 Los Angeles Emmy Awards, 30 Golden Mike Awards, five prestigious Associated Press Awards and numerous Los Angeles Press Club awards for his sports segments, specials and series.

Roggin was part of a series of Southern California TV news icons that included anchors Chuck Henry and Colleen Williams and weatherman Fritz Coleman. He also hosted “Going Roggin”, a 30-minute sports talk show and is the creator and host of “The Challenge”, a multi-platform live show.

Roggin also won the Joseph M. Quinn Lifetime Achievement Award from The Los Angeles Press Club in 2013. He was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcaster Hall of Fame in 2014 and the California Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. In 2020 , received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southern California Radio and Television News Association.

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Fritz and Fred’s iconic campaign hit the airwaves in the 90s. Now that Fritz Coleman is retiring the two are looking back at the memorable TV spot. As seen on the 5pm news on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

His NBC4 career began in 1980 as a weekend sports anchor and the launch of “Sunday Night Sports.” By 1986, Roggin was the station’s lead sports anchor and reporter, a role that allowed him to witness the highs and lows of Los Angeles sports over the next four decades.

Using humor and satire, Roggin created segments such as the “Hall of Shame,” which features clips of unforgettable sports moments, and his signature “Roggin’s Heroes,” which features incredible plays or amazing in the world of sports. “Roggin’s Heroes” was developed into a successful nationally syndicated weekly show in 1990.

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The “Roggin’s Heroes” segment continues to this day in his newscasts.

It’s also familiar to fans of NBC’s Olympic coverage. Roggin has been a network host and commentator for every Olympics since 1984, including Los Angeles, London, Vancouver, Beijing, Athens, Turin, Sydney and Salt Lake.

Roggin began his broadcasting career in 1976 as a sports anchor, reporter and play-by-play announcer for KIKO Radio in Globe, Arizona. In 1977, he became a sports anchor, reporter and sports director for KBLU Radio and KYEL-TV in Yuma, Arizona. The following year, he became the sports director and anchor for KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, and during the same year he moved to Phoenix, Arizona, to become the sports anchor for the week at KPNX-TV.

Originally from Detroit, Roggin was raised in Phoenix and attended Phoenix College, where he studied broadcasting. Roggin lives with his family in the San Fernando Valley.


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