Lee Hamilton (sports)
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Lee "Hacksaw" Hamilton is an American sportscaster and radio talk show host based in San Diego, California. He is currently the co-host of the "Hacksaw and Hayworth" show on from 6:00am–9:00am Pacific Time Monday through Friday on XEPRS-AM, known on-air as "San Diego's Sports Leader, The Mighty 1090" and he works alongside producers Bobby Wooldridge and Alex Padilla. Hacksaw is also a regular contributor to SanDiego.com.
Born as Paul Mahon, he grew up in Northport, NY on Long Island. Hamilton is also a host on Sirius XM Satellite Radio's MLB Network Radio channel. He began calling play-by-play for the NFL on Compass Media Networks in 2009.
Hamilton had been the afternoon drive-time host on KLSD, "XTRA Sports 1360" in San Diego, from its launch in November 2007 until September 3, 2008, when his contract with parent company Clear Channel Communications expired and Clear Channel wanted better ratings so they let him walk. The expiration also ended a job he had at KLAC in Los Angeles.
Before that, he served 17 years at XETRA-AM "XTRA Sports 690", a station that was operated by the current American operator of XEPRS, John Lynch.
Years in Southern California
From 1986 to 2005, he hosted a daily four-hour talk show on those stations. In July 2005, he lost the show as part of a restructuring as KLAC de-emphasized sports talk in favor of "man talk." He was replaced by Matt "Money" Smith and Joe Grande, both of whom once read sports news as part as morning shows on music stations (respectively, KROQ-FM and KPWR), as well as former UCLA Bruins quarterback Wayne Cook. Hamilton still had a daily segment at the start of the show until 2006.
Before Southern California
Before the Chargers, Hamilton was announcer for the football and basketball programs at Arizona State University and a talk-show host in Phoenix for news/talk/sports station KTAR. His show, "620 Sportsline", was a four-hour show similar in format to the show he would host in Southern California. The main reason he gave for leaving KTAR was a chance to do play-by-play for the Chargers, since Phoenix didn't have an NFL team at the time.
Even earlier, in the mid-1970s, he was play-by-play voice of the Mohawk Valley Comets - Clinton, New York, Utica, New York of the North American Hockey League, Cleveland Crusaders of the World Hockey Association, hosted an evening sports talk radio show on Akron, Ohio talk station WHLO, and hosted the long-running sports radio program Sportswatch on WIBX in Utica.
Hamilton was the play-by-play announcer for San Diego Chargers on radio from 1986 to 1997, one of the longest tenures of any play-by-play announcer in the team's history. Hamilton replaced Ted Leitner, who eventually replaced Hamilton in 1997 when XTRA Sports lost the broadcasting rights to KFMB. (Hamilton and Leitner became broadcast partners in 2007 as KOGO assumed the broadcast rights to San Diego State Aztecs football games. Hamilton is normally a color commentator, but switched to play-by-play for a few early season games when Leitner called San Diego Padres games on XEPRS-AM.)
Among the games he called was Super Bowl XXIX in January 1995, the only such appearance in team history. His partners were Jim Laslavic and Pat Curran. Another broadcasting partner was Chet Forte, who was too ill to continue during the Chargers' run to the Super Bowl.
Other play-by-play assignments include the USC Trojans football team, the Seattle Seahawks (1998–1999), the Pac-10 men's basketball tournament, and National Football League games on Sports USA Radio Network.
Hamilton is best known for his pet phrases: "Show me your lightning bolt!", and "I am bleeping brilliant!" and, "You use the line or you lose the line," his argumentative attitude toward some callers, and "I've won awards, I have a national reputation, i've built a sportstalk empire".
Nationally syndicated sports talk host Jim Rome used to broadcast on the same station as Hamilton, and often imitates him saying "React to me!", "Show me your lightning bolt!", and "Good night now!" on The Jim Rome Show.