TV Sportscaster

Del Rodgers, KCRA 3; www.kcra.com
When it comes to sports, Del Rodgers may talk the talk, but he’s also walked the walk. Before his broadcasting career, the KCRA sports director played pro football for both the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers, winning Super Bowl XXIII with the latter. A graduate of the University of Utah, Rodgers might have real-world experience in college and pro ball, but he feels the station’s coverage of high school football—via its “High School Playbook” series, which airs Friday nights during football season—is important to the community. Every week, Rodgers visits a different area high school and interviews everyone from the players on the field to the parents behind the scenes. “I interview every aspect of high school football through the 13-week season . . . because every one of those make up the football experience,” he says. Rodgers thinks more viewers can relate to high school sports than pro sports and also likes the unspoiled honesty of the players. “Money doesn’t dictate like it does in college and the pros,” he says. “In the pros, you get clichés for 100 days. I get my most innocent interviews from high school kids.” Watch Rodgers weekdays on the 6:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts.