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LA Sports Anchor Fred Roggin Resigns From 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 Dodgers World Series crowns and five NBA titles for the Lakers. Seven of the 10 Rose Bowl games featured teams in the LA area, and six of those teams won.

Fred Roggin was there to witness it all.

One of the great sports journalism careers in Los Angeles began at the turn of the decade when Roggin joined NBC4 in 1980. The Southern California television sports legend who witnessed the history-making and memorable moments of the 1980s and the ups and downs of the more than four decades that followed, will cancel for the last time on Thursday, January 26, the station announced on Tuesday.

Roggin will step away from daily sports segments on NBC4 and turn his attention to creative outlets, like his radio show and other opportunities.

Like those Los Angeles teams of the 1980s, Roggin earned a collection of accolades 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 lineup of Southern California television news icons that included anchors Chuck Henry and Colleen Williams and weather forecaster Fritz Coleman. He also hosted “Going Roggin”, a 30-minute sports commentary program and is the creator and host of “The Challenge”, a live multi-platform show.

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

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

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

The iconic Fritz and Fred campaign graced the airwaves in the 90s. Now that Fritz Coleman is retiring, the duo looks back on the memorable TV spot. As can be seen from the news at 17.00 on Wednesday 17 June 2020.

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

He is also a familiar face to fans of NBC’s Olympics coverage. Roggin has been a network host and reporter 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 next year, he became sports director and anchor for KVUE-TV in Austin, Texas, and later that year moved to Phoenix, Arizona to become weekday sports anchor 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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