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Ted Sobel has had an exemplary career in sports being one of the very few radio reporters to regularly cover World Class events for a local station including almost 23 years at L.A’s iconic KFWB earning three ‘Golden Mike’ awards as an integral member of the station’s unprecedented 10 straight SCSBA top L.A. sports anchor award winning teams and about three decades (not consecutively) with KNX NewsRadio as a reporter and anchor.
Major sporting event assignments as a credentialed member of the media:
- Super Bowls
- World Series
- Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl
- BCS Football National Championships
- NCAA Basketball Final Fours
- Summer Olympics
- Golf majors (Masters, Open Championship, U.S. Open, PGA Championship)
- Tennis grand slams (Wimbledon and U.S. Open)
- NBA Finals
- NHL Stanley Cup Finals
- World Cup of Soccer
- MLS Cup Finals
- Horse Racing’s triple crown and Breeders Cup
His other professional achievements include in the 1980’s being solely responsible for convincing a large percentage of U.S. television stations to begin using satellite to receive their daily programs when working for the industry’s pioneer company Wold Communications. Later was responsible for many nationally syndicated televised shows daily distribution via satellite and tape (including Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy) when in management at the Video Tape Company. He also worked directly under the President of Southern California Nextel Communications (during their start-up year) to convince many large companies (including important public safety businesses) on how the use of their new walkie-talkie type phones would benefit their businesses.
Just completed his 11th year as a studio host/sideline reporter for Sports USA Radio Networks NFL/NCAA games of the week along with his Podcast interviews with some of sports all-time greats for the nation’s largest indepedendent syndicator of live play by play on the radio. He’s covered numerous Super Bowls including XLII when the New York Giants spoiled the New England Patriots perfect season followed by an exclusive one on one with game MVP Eli Manning; many Rose Bowls including 2006 as #2 Texas beat #1 USC with 19 seconds left for the BCS National Championship; Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers first NFL start in 2008 on a Monday night at storied Lambeau Field along with the lone exclusive postgame one on one with Rodgers and his Packers Super Bowl XLV win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Finally interviewed his boyhood football idol HOF quarterback Bart Starr in 2014 in one of Starr’s last long-form one-on-ones. Produced L.A. Rams and UCLA postgame shows for KMPC Radio. Mentor was KMPC Executive Sports Producer and Operations Director Steve Bailey.
Covered Anaheim Angels first World Series championship in 2002; four Los Angeles Dodgers World Series appearances; No-Hitters by Nolan Ryan in September 1974 and Clayton Kershaw in June 2014. He also attended Sandy Koufax’s last World Series Dodger Stadium win in 1965 vs. Minnesota; Don Drysdale’s 1963 World Series 1-0 win over the Yankees; Big D’s final World Series home start in 1965 vs. Baltimore, and his record-setting 58 2/3rd shutout innings game vs.the Phillies in June 1968. And saw Henry Aaron hit a homer off of Drysdale in his first attended game at the L.A. Coliseum in 1959. Mentors were Dave Hull ‘The Hullabalooer’ voted one of the top ten L.A. radio personalities of all-time and current New York Yankees public address announcer Paul Olden.
Credentialed by the Los Angeles Lakers since Jerry West’s final season as a player and covered eleven Lakers NBA Championship series; Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant’s entire careers in L.A. including Kobe’s last game when he scored 60 points; Magic’s 1991 retirement/HIV announcement. Emceed (along with Bill Walton) the 40th anniversary of the Lakers first Championship in L.A. charity dinner in 2012 to benefit WCSMF ‘Team To Win’ student athletes. Anchored three Lakers championship parades/rallies for KFWB radio. Has been a voter for the (men’s) John R. Wooden Award (since 2004) given annually to the most outstanding men’s and women’s college basketball players. He attended Elgin Baylor night in 1969 with the Baylor family, Lakers-Knicks Finals game when Jerry West’s 60 foot shot at the buzzer sent it into overtime, the first time Wilt Chamberlain played against Kareem Abdul Jabbar (Lew Alcindor at the time) at the Forum Lakers-Bucks October 1969. Part of the L.A. Clippers broadcasts when at KFWB. Mentors were Lakers HOF broadcaster Chick Hearn and HOF Coaches Bill Sharman and Tex Winter (who created the ‘Triangle Offense’ for the modern era) and Bill Mulligan.
Covered Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Championship winning series in 2012/2014; Anaheim Ducks Stanley Cup winning series in 2007 and other Kings and Ducks Cup Final series in 1993/2003. Wayne Gretzky breaking Gordie Howe’s NHL goal scoring record of 802 in March 1994, NHL All-Star games including the Montreal Canadien’s Centenial celebration in 2009. Game reporter/in-studio host for Ducks 1993 inaugural telecast on KCAL channel 9 in L.A. Five seasons as the play by play voice of the IHL’s Long Beach/L.A. Ice Dogs (Kings & Ducks NHL affiliate). Broadcast two 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ pre-Olympic games vs. Univ. of Wisconsin. Mark Howe’s hockey hall of fame induction November 2011.
Written in March 30, 2016’s The Fischler Report (Hockey’s Weekly Think Tank): Our Joel Bergman reports from Los Angeles: “With all-sports The Beast 980 (KFWB) going to an all-ethnic format on March 1, long-time Los Angeles area radio personality Ted Sobel ended his 23-year gig on KFWB. Sobel, widely regarded as the ‘gold standard’ for interviewers in the LA market — even getting meaningful responses from Kings coach Darryl Sutter –was the radio voice of the IHL Long Beach Ice Dogs from 1995 until their demise in 2000. As the play-by-play announcer for the University of Wisconsin, Sobel called two games against Team USA in 1980 during their run-up to the Miracle on Ice.”
Sobel’s first attended NHL game was watching HOF goalie Terry Sawchuk’s final game as a member of the L.A. Kings in game 7 of the 1968 Stanley Cup first round playoff series and was alongside the bench in the 3rd period. Mentors were Kings HOF broadcaster Bob Miller and HOF Coaches ‘Badger Bob’ Johnson and John Cunniff, and John Van Boxmeer.
Covered Tiger Woods first PGA Tour start in the 1992 L.A. Open and throughout his career including his last major championship win in the 2008 U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. Jordan Spieth’s first major championship victory at the 2015 Masters and his 2016 collapse at Augusta which was also Arnold Palmer’s last appearance at the Masters. Tom Watson’s two L.A. Open wins and his final rounds at the Masters (2016) and Open (British) Championships at St. Andrews (2015). Seven years as the 18th green announcer at the LPGA’s first major of the year ANA Inspiration (previously the Kraft Nabisco Championship). On-site producer for the first golf major on U.S. soil ever aired on radio: the 1995 PGA Championship at Riviera Country Club (Jack Nicklaus’ final L.A. tour event) overseeing co-hosts Jack Whittaker and Amy Alcott and several on course reporters.
The lone local reporter (outside of the UK) regularly credentialed at Wimbledon where he covered Roger Federer’s record tying 7th Wimbledon gentlemen’s singles title and two of Serena Williams seven women’s singles titles at the AELTC; Andy Murray’s historic first men’s singles title for a Brit in 77 years at Wimbledon (2013). More than a decade as the lead on-court voice (including several more years as a backup) of the Los Angeles Open ATP event at UCLA with some of the champions being HOFers Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Michael Chang, and Jim Courier. His first credentialed event (as a reporter) was the February 1975 Rod Laver-Jimmy Connors challenge match at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Mentors were Bob and Jack Kramer.
- Horse Racing
Covered American Pharoah winning the Triple Crown in the 2015 Belmont Stakes and California Chrome finishing 4th in the 2014 Belmont going for the Triple Crown. Several Breeders Cups including Zenyatta winning the 2009 BC Classic. Many Grade I stakes races including Santa Anita Handicaps, Hollywood Gold Cups, and Del Mar Pacific Classics.
As a Speaker, he has been in front of the Southern California Orange County business council, college students, charity and awards banquets, and L.A. Dodgers/KFWB sponsors meeting. Amongst his extensive voice over work, was the arena hockey P.A.Voice for the 1986 movie ‘Touch and Go’ for Tri-Star Pictures starring Michael Keaton.
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