LA sports announcer Courtney dies at 56
NOV 29, 2012 12:44p ET
Courtney began announcing for the Kings in 1989 and for the Angels in 1994, and he also served as the Los Angeles Rams PA announcer for three years before the NFL team moved to St. Louis in 1995.
The cause of death has not yet been announced.
“The Angels family is deeply saddened to hear of David’s passing,” the team said in a statement. “He was a gentle soul, a consummate professional and an unforgettable voice tied to several professional Southern California sports teams.
“Over the past 18 years, his love, dedication and passion for the Angels was evident every time his voice rang through the ballpark. Our thoughts and prayers go out to David’s family at this difficult time.”
Born in New York City, Courtney and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1963 when his father, Alan, a network television executive, became president of MGM Television.
Courtney began working in pro sports when he was 14, starting as a public relations assistant for the Kings in 1971. In 1978, at age 21, Courtney took a full-time PR job with a hockey team in Houston, and when that club folded two years later, he remained in Houston and began a successful broadcasting career.
He went on to announce games for the NBA’s Houston Rockets, the USFL Gamblers and baseball’s Houston Astros. After returning to Southern California, Courtney served as the voice for the 2002 NHL All-Star Game and the 2010 baseball All-Star Game in Anaheim.
His work as an announcer led to voice roles in the movies "Tooth Fairy", "Angels in the Outfield," "61*" and television’s "Home Improvement".
Since 1992, Courtney has worked full time for Metro Networks as a sports, traffic and news reporter, and he recently could be heard on 710 ESPN Radio in Los Angeles and KOLA 99.9 FM in the Inland Empire.
Courtney, who lived in Mission Viejo, is survived by his wife, Janet Fisher-Courtney.
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