Josh Suchon, Joe Block out in postgame shake-up at KLAC
I suppose it was inevitable, a new flagship Dodgers radio station wanting its own people in place, but it’s still kind of sad that Josh Suchon and Joe Block have been told they will not return to host the postgame show.
The Daily News’ Tom Hoffarth first reported the pair will not be back, and that new team flagship KLAC-AM (570) is expected to announce Kevin Kennedy will take over "DodgerTalk."
Suchon has been co-host of the program for the last four years at KABC-AM (790), with Ken Levine for his first three years and Block last season.
Block, 34, who moved to Los Angeles from New Orleans last year for the show, was married last month.
"It was four of the best years of my life," Suchon told Hoffarth. "I'll always have special fondness for Ken Levine, Joe Block and all the Dodgers fans who kept us company after every game. But the show needs a new voice to keep it fresh, and I don't blame 570 for wanting to take the show in a different direction. It's time for me to embark on a new adventure and find a new challenge."
Suchon, 37, is a former Oakland Athletics beat writer for northern California’s ANG newspaper group. He and Block were always some of the most prepared media members covering the Dodgers and will be missed.
Kennedy, 57, is a Fox baseball analyst, and previous Woodland Hills-Taft High School star, Dodgers’ minor league catcher and big league manager.
Ironically, he first replaced Bobby Valentine as manager of the Texas Rangers, and then managed the Boston Red Sox. On Thursday, Valentine was introduced as the new Red Sox manager.
Kennedy would figure to bring a much different flavor to the postgame show. KLAC has yet to make an official announcement or say whether they will continue with a co-host format.
-- Steve Dilbeck