KINGS TELEVISION/RADIO COLOR COMMENTATOR 1969-76
Dan Avey spent seven seasons as the television/radio color commentator from 1969-1976. Interestingly, he is the only analyst to work with the only three men to ever call play-by-play for the Los Angeles Kings, having worked alongside Jiggs McDonald from 1969-72, Roy Storey during the 1972-73 season and Bob Miller from 1973-76.
Included in his duties were the analysis of the play, comments on the players and strategy being used, player interviews and film features. In addition, Avey wrote a scouting report on each Kings’ opponent. During summers, he conducted a series of hockey clinics sponsored by JC Penney’s. He also served as NBC-TV’s hockey expert in the production of the widely acclaimed “Peter Puck” series for the NHL Game of the Week..
A graduate of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., Avey entered the broadcasting field after serving as Captain in Army Intelligence.
The Whittier, Calif. native started his radio career at KXLY in Spokane during his freshman year in college. In 1976, he started at all-news KFWB and in 1978 he also had a short stint at KWIZ in Santa Ana. In 1986, he left KFWB when he was hired by KFI to join Gary Owens' morning show. Avey later became the newsman for Geoff Edwards' midday talk show at KFI, but would later return to KFWB where he worked for the next 12 years.
In November 2001, KABC hired him to be paired with Ken Minyard in the morning. He continued on as KABC news anchor from noon to 6 p.m. during The Sean Hannity Show and the Larry Elder show. In late 2007, Avey left KABC.
In addition to his broadcasting career, for 15 years Avey taught a sports broadcasting class at the University of Southern California.
For his work in radio, on his birthday, April 26, 2006, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6834 Hollywood Blvd, in front of the El Capitan Theatre.