I wrote about some USC radio announcers from the 1940’s-50’s Friday, which led to an interesting detail about broadcasts from the past.
When USC played Oregon State on Oct. 4, 1930, five radio stations in Los Angeles carried the game.
Frank Bull, who did USC games from the 1920’s to the 1950’s, did the game for radio station KMTR. Radio historian Jim Hilliker wrote the game “was heard on four other Los Angeles stations that afternoon . . . Braven Dyer called the game for KHJ; Carl Haverlin and Don Wilson were the sportscasters for KFI that day; former USC star Morley Drury was heard on KNX along with Tom Wallace, while sportswriter Dick Hyland was the announcer for KFWB’s play-by-play of the game.”
Drury, nicknamed “the noblest Trojan of them all” was only 27 when he called that game and had played for USC from 1925-27.
According to Hilliker, on Sept. 24, 1932, seven L.A. stations broadcast the USC-Utah game. A week later on Sept. 30th, Bull called the USC-Loyola game for KRKD, one of seven Los Angeles stations broadcasting the game.
Seven stations? Now you’re lucky sometimes if one station carries a game.
Here’s a sample of Bull and Mark Scott (who hosted Home Run Derby) calling the 1953 USC-Notre Dame game. Bull comes on around the 1:10 mark. Listen here.
- Tough loss for USC on Friday night as the Trojans committed four errors that led to five unearned runs in Oregon State’s 5-4 victory.
USC outhit the Beavers, 8-2. Pitcher Isaac Esqueda allowed only one hit in 5.2 innings.