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Veteran L.A. Sportscaster Nahan Dies

One of Los Angeles’ iconic voices of sports, Stu Nahan, died Wednesday at his Studio City, Calif., home after battling lymphoma.

Mr. Nahan last worked as a Dodgers radio reporter and commentator at KFWB (980 AM) in 2004, following long runs at KABC-TV from 1968 through 1977, KNBC-TV (1977-87) and KTLA-TV (1988-99). He was hired at KTLA to replace Keith Olbermann, who left to join KCBS-TV Channel 2

Mr. Nahan also parlayed his fame as a sportscaster into feature film roles that included the “Rocky” series, “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” and “Brian’s Song.”

While he may have been most closely associated with sports, Mr. Nahan also drew fame as host of children’s programs in Sacramento (“Skipper Stu”) and Philadelphia (“Captain Philadelphia”), where he also did play-by-play for the NHL’s Flyers and NFL’s Eagles.

However, Los Angeles is where Mr. Nahan will be best remembered, with a decade at each of three of the city’s top stations.

Mr. Nahan received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in May.

In addition, he twice served as the president of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters organization, with stints that began in 1990 and 1996.

Mr. Nahan is survived by his wife, Sandy; daughter Kathleen Derington; sons Mick and K.C.; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Plans for a memorial service are pending.

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Rest In Peace, Stu.

You gave us a long run of humor, sports and life.

Thank you.

Paul S.

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I remember Stu for the entertainment he gave us on the L.A. Kings TV for Home Box Office. He was a pioneer, decades before Gretzky.

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I remember Stu from 1966-67 when he lived in Haddonfield, NJ on Birdwood Ave. That was when he was doing the Philadelphia sports teams announcing and was the host of the local WKBS (Channel) 48 children's TV show - Captain Philadelphia. He is listed on the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia website, along with the likes of Mike Douglas and Tom Snyder.
Stu was a kind and friendly person. I remember when he drove me and his son K.C. to see a movie at the Westmont movie theatre when we were in 5th grade.
We will miss you.
Gil Cosnett (Haddonfield, NJ)

dennis janson

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Stu's account of how his "Fast Times" role nearly got him canned, still makes me smile.

He was a big time guy, who never 'big timed' anyone.

My condolences to his family and many friends.

dj Cincinnati

Robin Clement

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To the nahan family

I went through the 8th grade with my good friend "Casey" and had the honor of meeting and talking with Stu at his home. He was a great father, A brilliant sportscaster and a truly honorable man, He will be missed by all that knew him.


Robin L. Clement

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