Los Angeles Sportscaster Fred Roggin to Say Goodbye at NBC4 – NBC 52

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

Home teams won eight championships, 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 teams from the Los Angeles area, and six of those teams won.

There to witness it all was Fred Roggin.

One of the great careers in Los Angeles sports journalism began at the turn of the decade, when Roggin joined NBC4 in 1980. A Southern California television sports legend who witnessed the decade’s memorable and historic moments from 1980 and the ups and downs in the more than four decades that followed, will close for the last time on Thursday, January 26, the station announced 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 moving away from the daily sports segments on NBC4 and turning his attention to creative media, such as his radio show and other opportunities.

Like those Los Angeles teams of the 1980s, Roggin earned a collection of accolades during his career. He has 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 meteorologist Fritz Coleman. He was also the host of “Going Roggin,” a 30-minute sports talk show, and is the creator and host of “The Challenge,” a live multi-platform show.

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

The iconic Fritz and Fred campaign hit the airwaves in the ’90s. Now that Fritz Coleman is retiring, the duo reminisce about the memorable TV commercial. As seen on the 5pm news on Wednesday June 17, 2020.

His career at NBC4 began in 1980 as a weekend sportscaster and with the launch of “Sunday Night Sports.” By 1986, Roggin was the station’s lead sports anchor and reporter, a career that saw him witness the ups and downs of Los Angeles sports for 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 highlights remarkable or extraordinary plays in the world of sports. “Roggin’s Heroes” became a successful nationally syndicated weekly show in 1990.

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

He’s also a familiar face to fans of NBC’s coverage of the Olympics. Roggin has been a network anchor and reporter for every Olympic Games since 1984, including in Los Angeles, London, Vancouver, Beijing, Athens, Turin, Sydney, and Salt Lake.

Roggin began his television career in 1976 as a sportscaster, reporter, and host for KIKO Radio in Globe, Arizona. In 1977, he became a sportscaster, 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 later that year he moved to Phoenix, Arizona to become the weekday sports anchor at KPNX- TV.

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

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