About Rod Luck

I was born in Cleveland, Ohio and my family moved to Montana when I was 5.  We lived in East Helena all during my time in grade school.  We moved to Helena when I was a freshman in High School where I attended Helena Cathedral, which later became Helena Central, and is now Helena Capital.  I was a standout athlete in football, track and baseball.  My first love was broadcasting.  I began my career in Dillon, Montana, then on to Helena and eventually Missoula after eastern stops in Fredericksburg, Virginia and Salisbury, Maryland.  I began my sportscasting career while in Helena where I did the play-by-play for the local high schools and Carroll College. I also broadcast Montana State University and University of Montana football and basketball games on T.V.  I enjoyed a great deal of success as a young sportscaster.  I was named the Montana SPORTSCASTER OF THE YEAR at age 20 and also was awarded with MONTANA SPORTS PROGRAM OF THE YEAR for producing and broadcasting the Montana State Amateur Golf Tournament.  My career “took off” and I later moved on to Portland, Oregon.  While in Portland, I broadcast the nightly sports on KATU-T.V.,  and did T.V. play-by-play of Oregon State University basketball and football.

I moved onto New Orleans where I joined WDSU-T.V.  I was the sportscaster for our nightly newscasts.  It wasn’t long before Philadelphia came calling (KYW-T.V.).  It would be one of two stops I would make,  over  the years,  in Philadelphia.  Before returning to Philly for my second stop at KYW, I spent four years in Milwaukee at WISN-T.V.    I was the sportscaster on the nightly news and also was the T.V.  play-by-play “voice” of Marquette University basketball.   While in Milwaukee I produced and “starred” in many T.V “specials.”  I became the only man to ever pitch in, manage in, and umpire in a major league baseball game.  With special permission from the Baseball Commissioner’s Office I pitched in the Brewers final spring training game in 1978 against the California Angels, as part of a “special” I produced called “ROD LUCK ROOKIE PITCHER.”  The “mini-movie” was made to show the life of a rookie behind the scenes as he attempted to make the Major League Club.  Over the next two years I also “starred” in ROD LUCK ROOKIE MANAGER where I managed the Brewers against the Cleveland Indians and ROD LUCK ROOKIE UMPIRE.  The plan was to umpire one game at home plate, another “on the bases” for the “special.”  That season, however, the umpires went on strike and I was asked to umpire 6 games to help out.  It made for some interesting moments and confrontations with players and coaches, thus making the T.V. special an award winner.  I also won a UPI  award for my “ROOKIE MANAGER” T.V.  special.   While in Milwaukee, I also won a major award from the AVIATION SPACE WRITERS ASSOCIATION.  I produced another T.V.  Special called:  “ROD LUCK FLYING HIGH.”  This particular “show” featured some of America’s top aerobatic and stunt flyers and wing walkers.  I, myself, would do a wing walk on a Stearman biplane at 3500 feet.   A number of years later I opened the Daytona Beach Air Show standing atop a WACO biplane piloted by one of the world’s best pilot’s, Jimmy Frankin.

Back to Philly in 1980 and my second stop at KYW-T.V.  I left T.V. for a while and hosted my own sportstalk radio show on WWDB for a couple of years.  Local sports fans voted me the “top sports talk host” in a poll.  I loved Philly and sometimes wish I never would have left.

Orlando, Florida came calling in 1985. I joined WCPX-T.V. as Sports Director where I broadcast the sports on the evening news.  While in Orlando, I wore out on the “jock” scene and decided to leave the business.  I moved to the West Indies to the island of ANTIGUA.  I teamed up with some people from Fort Lauderdale who had the last casino license on the island.  I “brought in” the financing for their casino/hotel package after scouring the world, literally, with a financial package I had put together.  My “part of the deal” for bringing in the money was that I would operate the “sports book” operation.  I moved to the island and began local preparations for my investors.  However, after a short stay HURRICANE HUGO  “blew” on us for a couple days and destroyed the property we were going to build on.  My investors pulled out and the deal was dead. 

I decided to return to T.V. and contacted some guys I knew who were putting together the KUSI-T.V. newsteam for Mike Mc Kinnon, who had bought the station from USIU UNIVERSITY.  I was the stations “first news hire,” and moved to San Diego in the summer of 1990.  The rest is history.  I spent the past 19 years at KUSI where I was the stations first Sports Director.  I brought my unique style to a market that was In need of some “spicing up!!!”  Among many things I began prep football coverage that has blossomed into the biggest thing on T.V. here.  Paul Rudy picked up the ball and ran with it after I switched to the Morning NEWS in 1992.  While I was the Morning News “live” reporter I enjoyed a great deal of success.  Twice the City Council honored me with ROD LUCK DAY and once the honor came from the COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS.  I brought continuous, behind the scenes Military coverage to the local news.  I helped everyone from the military and the local businessmen and women to the homeless and beyond!

One thing about my life that I want to add.  For a long time some wondered, even criticized,  my dark glasses that  I began wearing in the mid 90’s.  I never felt I had to answer why.  I considered it a very private matter.  I found out that I had a severe optical nerve problem in my left eye.  I saw a few doctors and the prognosis was the same.  If I didn’t have a very risky operation to correct the problems, which included severe headaches, I could try to help my condition by wearing dark lenses in my glasses.  Various shades for the ever-changing light conditions  that each day brings.  The doctors felt I injured my eye after sparring over the years with many boxers, which included the likes of Joe Frazier, Tex Cobb, Ernie Terrell, and even a round with Muhammad Ali.

So, there you have it.  My life in a “nutshell.”  Let me welcome you, again, to a little bit of “my world.”   I have built this website for me and you.  We can chat about everything from sports to politics.  I can help you with your businesses and your golf game and other things in your life.  If you remember me from my days on T.V., then you will remember a Rod who cared about San Diego and it’s people.  I love San Diego and plan to keep this my home till “my GOD calls me home…”

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6 thoughts on “About Rod Luck

    • WOW!! That was ions ago…..thanks for the shout out, Ron…..so much has changed in my life since those cays…to tell you the truth I wish I never would have gone back to TV and moved the Florida…I LOVE PHILLY…..miss is weekly…..the most honest and candid sports fans in America…..again, thanks for the note…..Rod

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  1. Hello Rod,

    The morning news/talk stations were talking about ‘unusual’ local and national sportscasters and thought about the most unusual sportscaster that had been in the Orlando market and of course thought about you and the time you were in the ring with Tex Cobb.

    We met originally in the pet store I owned in the K-mart Plaza located in Winter Park. The name of my store was Noah’s Ark, if I remember corr, you had bought a Persian cat from us. We ran into each other numerous times at restaurants and clubs at the time and was sorry to see you leave. The feds put me out of business in 1995 for owing back payroll taxes(they turned down 40K to settle a 30K principal because they would not come off of the penalties and interest) they eventually got 10K at auction with a 300k inventory.

    Since that time I have become a ADT Security Serivces Dealer. As a dealer ADT has put me into Pro-Am tours and have gotten to play and have dinner with Mark McGwire and Roger Clemons (both before their infamous Congressional testimonies) Jerry Rice, Dan Marino, and one of my all time favorite from the World Series 1986 Mets, Gary Carter that I was fortunate to spend several direct hours having dinner with. With the economy down in the dumps the last two years, ADT has suspended spending all this money on dealers.

    Anyway Rod, I always wondered what happened to you after you left channel 6, dearly missed your type of sports reporting and stood out in sports broadcasting like no one else.

    Best to you out on the west coast

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  2. ROD VERY IMPRESSIVE RESUME OF YOUR LIFE EXPERIENCES , WORK, SOCIAL ,ECT
    I ADMIRE YOUR COURAGE AND STRENGTHS
    TO OVER COME AND STRIVE FORWARD DESPITE EVERYTHING YOU BEEN THOUGH
    I BELIEVE THIS IS WHAT YOU NEEDED
    A CHANGE IN YOUR LIFE
    BE YOUR OWN BOSS
    SAY THE THINGS THAT REALLY MATTER TO YOU

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