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Bringing the story home

Feb. 7, 2012

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LOS ANGELES -- Since 2001, Jeff Lampe has been calling LMU men's basketball play-by-play, bringing a story-telling style that combines years of listening to Chick Hern and Vin Scully with personal touch that will always include best wishes to followers across the globe.

As the 2011-12 season continues to grow, Lampe's calls remains as an infection as ever, including so many listeners to the Santa Clara game on Jan. 23, that the web-server for KXLU shutdown.

"I have always joked that Jeff hurts our home attendance because fans rather sit at home and listen to him call the game than actually watch it," said LMU Athletics Director Dr. William Husak. "He is one of the best."

Lampe has gone on to do radio for local high schools and some cable sports programming. He is also the host of the West Coast Conference's weekly radio show, "WCC Live."

The 2011-12 season will be the last for Lampe, who graduated in 1993 with a degree in English, and a minor in Radio Communications. His career outside of LMU basketball has called him to Denver. He and his family - wife Erika and son Jackson - will head to the Mile High city this April. Lampe will still be involved in covering WCC basketball, though, as he plans to continue as the host of "WCC Live" next season as well as calling select conference games on Sirus XM satellite radio during the conference tournament.

Fans can listen to archived games of Lampe's final season, including the Lions dramatic comeback win over USF through Lions All-Access.Lampe, a Southern California native who grew up dreaming of broadcasting thanks to the iconic styles of Scully and Hern, will turn over the reigns to the Lions' play-by-play to another Lion, Jesse Kass.

"It has been an honor, a privilege and a dream-come-true for me to have spent the last 11 years behind the mic calling basketball games for my alma matter," said Lampe. "I am so grateful to Dr. Husak and the LMU athletics family to have given me this opportunity. But, the radio broadcasts will be in very capable hands moving forward. There is nobody to whom I would rather `pass the reigns' than to Jesse Kass; he is a rising talent and is ready to put his own unique stamp on the broadcasts."

Kass, who graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, has been working with Lampe since 2008 and has been the Lions fill-in announcer for both men's and women's basketball since that time. In addition, he has called LMU baseball, volleyball and both men's and women's soccer games.

"It has been an absolute honor to work alongside Jeff these past few years. I could not have asked for someone better to learn from, and someone more pleasant to work with," said Kass. "Jeff is one of the best broadcaster's to ever put on a headset, and I am honored to follow in his footsteps. I know I have some incredibly big shoes to fill, and I will do my best to make the LMU Basketball experience as exciting as Jeff does."

Since graduating, Kass has continued to work in broadcasting outside of LMU athletics, including multiple events with Lampe. He has been calling football games for area high schools and is currently a co-host with NBA Legend Star Gary Payton on the Foxxhole Radio show "After the Game". He also has his own sports talk podcast called "Listen Up" which has more than 6,800 Facebook fans.

Lampe will not be completely away from Lion basketball, as he will continue to work with the WCC and will also join Kass on LMU broadcasts whenever he is able, which he hopes "is more often than even I think."

Listen to Lampe's calls this weekend as the Lions head out on a crucial road swing to the Pacific Northwest, starting with Portland on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 8 p.m.

--from LMULions.com