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John Burroughs High School Performing Arts Department Presents Pippin

The John Burroughs High School Performing Arts Department showcased Pippin in their opening show Friday night. The show left the audience wanting more and gave the students a standing ovation following a fantastic opening show.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The show is directed by Guy Myers, with the assistance of Vocal Director Brendan Jennings. Taylor Arakelian handled the Music Direction and the Choreographer was Jennifer Stanley.

The cast of students include Sully Zack as Pippin, Maddie Seiffert playing Berthe, Pippin’s Grandmother, Leading Player played by Brighton Thomas.

Pippins Father played by Zachary Guerrero,  Ian Wolf played Lewis’ half brother, Fastrada, Lewis’ mother played by Megan Mazer.

Attendants played by Taylor Keppel and Jacob Levine, Baron played by Louis Zekowski, Peasant played by Trenton Rogers, Noble played by Coen Sosa, Soldier played by Eli Staub, Catherine, a widow played by Aubrianna Rohan, and Theo, her son played by Chris Conkle.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Orchestra were made up of mostly  John Burroughs students under the Direction of Taylor Arakelian along with eight professionals who act as mentors to the students in the pit.

The show runs again tonight at 7:00 in the Burroughs auditorium, and Sunday at 2:ooPM.

Here is a gallery from last night’s performance.



High School Sports Weekly Recap

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor


Burbank 8 Burroughs 6 (see story)

Burroughs 10 Hoover 0

Aiden Anding went 3 for 3 with two RBI’s. Four Indian pitchers combine for eight strikeouts allowing only one hit in five innings.  Burroughs improves to 6-0 in league and remains in first place.

Burbank 11 Muir 0

Camden Palmisano hit a 2-run home run going 1 for 3 with three RBI’s. Ricky Perez went 2 for 2 with a double and a triple and drove in two runs. Four Bulldog pitchers combined on a three-hitter. Burbank improves to 5-1 in league and stays in second place.

Burroughs (12-7) at Burbank (9-7); Friday at 7 p.m.


Burbank 3 Burroughs 0 (see story)

Burbank 13 Muir 0

Caitlyn Brooks and Ashley Russo threw a combined no-hitter striking out 13 batters and walking only two. Brooks went 2 for 2 with two runs scored and three RBI’s while Katie Hooper went 3 for 3 with three runs scored and three RBI’s. Brooks had a home run and Hooper smacked two home runs. Burbank improves to 6-0 in league.

Burroughs 12 Hoover 1

Brice Edrington returned to the mound and threw four innings allowing five hits, one run and striking out seven. Michelle Santiago and Cheyenne Steward banged out home runs. Burroughs improves to 5-1 in league.

Boys Volleyball:

Burroughs 3 Burbank 0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-11) see story

Burroughs 3 Arcadia 0 (25-15, 25-11, 25-19)

Burbank 3 Hoover 1 (21-25, 26-24, 25-16, 25-22)

Stat Leaders- Joseph Servin: 9 kills; John You: 8 kills; Justin Saisirikul: 6 kills; Elijah Cowart: 6 kills and 13 digs; Ryan Garcia: 18 assists; Jason Gomez: 16 assists


Burbank 91 Burroughs 45 (Boys) see story

Burbank 94 Burroughs 42 (Girls) see story


Burroughs 12 Crescenta Valley 6


Crescenta Valley 125 Burbank 34 (boys)

Crescenta Valley 136 Burbank 33 (girls)


Burroughs 211 Pasadena 279

John Burroughs High School
Date: 4/16Location: AltadenaPar 36
Varsity Match
JBHSPlayer NameScorePasadenaPlayer NameScore
1Sean White411Evan Davis40
2Daniel Kesicbasian412James49
3Dylan McNeely393Sebastian79
4Tnick Trivimol474Cory62
5Patrick Colbert435Isaiah49
6Konner Fairman516
Team Total211Team Total279
Low Medalist:
Dylan McNeely39
d signifies dropped score


Burroughs Sweeps Burbank Aside in Three Games

Burbank vs. Burroughs volleyball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank vs. Burroughs volleyball (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Rick Assad
Special to MyBurbank 

Like a finely-tuned thoroughbred race horse, the Burroughs High boys’ volleyball team established the pace and never looked back.

Behind the overall brilliant play of Daniel Jacobs and Shayne Beamer, who combined for 22 kills, the host Indians waltzed to a convincing three-game Pacific League sweep of cross-town rival Burbank on Wednesday night by the score of 25-15, 25-13, 25-11.

Burroughs took both matches this season against Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs took both matches this season against Burbank (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

If it appears one-sided, it was, but Burroughs didn’t celebrate too much knowing that powerful league foe Claremont (20-4 and 7-0 in league) still awaits.

“Our goal tonight and our focus is that we do our job,” Burroughs coach Joel Brinton said. “Everything that we do leads up to April 30 when we play Claremont.”

The Wolfpack are a half game ahead of Burroughs and ranked No. 6 in the latest CIF Southern Section Division II poll. A few weeks ago Claremont beat the Indians, but the match lasted five games. The rematch will be at Claremont.

Wednesday’s final game was tied at 3-3, but Burroughs (14-4 and 7-1 in league) outscored the Bulldogs, 7-2, with junior outside hitter Jonathan Fuentes chipping in with a pair of service aces late in the run.

It became 15-7 on a wicked spike from Jacobs, a senior outside hitter, who tallied 12 kills, six aces and three blocks, which prompted the Bulldogs to call time out.

“We look forward to playing Burroughs every time,” Burbank coach Patrick McMenamin said. “Daniel Jacobs is the best player in the league. We took some chances offensively. We tried to mix it up, but we failed to find their weaknesses.”

And just like that the Indians’ lead ballooned to 19-10 on a Fuentes kill, and sensing the match was nearly over, Burroughs closed it out by taking six of the next seven points as Jacobs had three aces.

The Indians were up to the challenge all night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Indians were up to the challenge all night (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank (8-10 and 5-4 in league) led the opening game 2-0 before the Indians knotted it at 2-2 when senior outside hitter Daniel Marbach (five aces) launched a service winner.

Burroughs, the No. 9 ranked squad in Division II, caught its stride and took a 7-4 lead on a kill from Beamer, a senior middle blocker.

With another winner from Beamer it became 10-5, and Beamer’s spike gave the Indians a 13-5 advantage before his block made it 14-6.

“We did a real good job in our transition game,” said Beamer, who had 10 kills with five blocks. “There were not a lot of rough spots.”

When asked how deep a run the Indians can make in the playoffs, Beamer responded.

“If the team is able to break through the barriers mentally, then we can win it all,” he said. “Physically we’re there, but mentally we have to be there.”

Burroughs lurched ahead 19-11 on Beamer’s stuff, and when Jacobs added a pair of aces, the Tribe went ahead, 21-11.

The second game was tied three times early, including 6-6 before the Indians seized a 12-6 lead on a Burbank hitting miscue.

After senior setter BJ Lagmay, who dished out 21 assists, threw down a winner, Burroughs took a 14-9 lead, and a kill from Jacobs made it 17-11, before the Indians went on an 8-2 run.

Senior outside hitter Derian Blandon paced the Bulldogs with two kills, and Blandon, junior middle blocker Tyler Ryan and junior outside hitter Justin Saisirkul all had four digs, while Burroughs junior libero Danny Casillas had 11 digs.

Burbank maintains a half-game lead on Arcadia for third place in the Pacific League as the teams battle for playoff position.


Burbank Dominates at Memorial Field

Dennis Palacio of Burbank wins the boys 110 High Hurdles (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dennis Palacio of Burbank wins the boys 110 High Hurdles (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Jim Riggio
Special to MyBurbank 

For the first time ever, the Burroughs High track and field team hosted Burbank on an all-weather surface at Memorial Field.

But the Bulldogs were more than ready to spoil the occasion for the Indians. Burbank won the boys’ dual, 91-45, and took the girls’ meet as well, 94-42.

The rivalry continued at Memorial Field (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The rivalry continued at Memorial Field (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We were hoping to win, which we did. But we ran well which is what I’m more proud of,” Burbank coach Darin Wolf said. “We had a lot of personal records and a school record in the girls’ 400.”

Burbank finishes the Pacific League dual meet season with a 6-1 record for its boys’ team and 5-2 for its girls’ team. Burroughs finishes at 3-4 for both its boys’ and girls’ teams.

Burbank got a school record in the girls’ 400 as Kayla Martil won in 58.96 seconds. It was the first time she had run under a minute.

“I’ve been working at it for so long,” Martil said. “It’s nice to get the school record against Burroughs.”

Burbank vs. Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank vs. Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Bulldogs set the tone early on the boys’ side by taking the 400-meter relay, followed by a sweep from a trio of juniors in the 1,600. Gabriel Ellman won in 4:33, and was followed by Elliot Choe (4:35) and Ethan Moskowitz (4:40).

Burbank got a huge performance from Andy Hurtado in the discus as he won with a throw of 151 feet. He also won the shot put (41-10).

Boys 300 Hurdles (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys 300 Hurdles (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Dennis Palacio was a double winner for the Bulldogs taking the 110 high hurdles (16.04) and the 300 intermediate hurdles (41.71). He was also second in both the long jump (20-0) and triple jump (39-6 ½).

Burbank’s James Williams took the 100 (11.85) and the triple jump (42-0).

Bulldog junior Arsen Mkrtchyan won a highly contested 800 in 1:58.13 over Burroughs’ Ricky Mendez (1:58.62). Burbank’s Bernie Corea won the 3,200 in 9:46 ahead of Burroughs sophomore Elias Hoxie, who was second in 9:53.

Boys High Jump (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Boys High Jump (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs received a pair of victories from Matt Schwartz in the pole vault (13-0) and the high jump (5-10).

Impressive on the girls’ side was Burroughs’ Gracia Innocentia, who was a double winner in the 1,600 (5:19) and 3,200 (11:56). The 1,600 time was a huge personal best as she had previously gone 5:24 in the event.

“I felt like both teams pushed each other,” Innocentia said. “It was definitely not a rivalry because we’ve known each other from cross country season and some of us have been friends for years now.”

Burbank got a pair of wins from McKinlee Von Cannon in the shot put (29-1) and the discus (85-6).

Felicia Tomitsu also won a pair taking the 100 (13.22) and the 200 (27.28). Alicia McCord won the high jump (4-10) and the triple jump (32-7) for the Bulldogs.

“We moved some younger kids up and they performed well,” Burroughs coach John Peebles said. “I haven’t seen all the marks, but going into league prelims I’m happy. Sometimes you get beat by a better team.”

Pacific League prelims and finals for both teams will be on April 26 and May 3 at Arcadia High School at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.

Varsity and Frosh-Soph results below- (top 3 finishes)

1st Place2nd Place3rd PlaceSCORE
4 x 10045.25Burbank46.13Burroughs50
4 x 4003:32.8Burroughs3:36.48Burbank05


1st Place2nd Place3rd PlaceSCORE
4 x 10050.84Burbank56.01Burroughs50
4 x 4004:15.17Burbank4:27.17Burroughs50
* New School Record


1st Place2nd Place3rd PlaceSCORE
4 x 10049.8Burroughs05
110HH17.12Patel, DB18.87SosaJ20.15SwanB63
10012.36Patel, DB12.63GuerinJ12.93PerezJ54
300H45.93Patel, DB48.17SwanB49.13SosaJ81
4 x 4003:46.46Burbank3:47.76Burroughs50


1st Place2nd Place3rd PlaceSCORE
4 x 10056.76BurroughsDQBurbank05
10014.97AdamsB15.21Casteneda, DJ15.26FrancoJ54
20030.30Casteneda, SJ30.33Casteneda, DJ30.5BitarB18
4 x 4004:43.15Burroughs4:46.08Burbank05
TJ28-10VardanyanB26-2Manukyan, LB25-4.5GnassoJ81


High School Sports Weekly Recap

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

(Week of April 1 – 6)


Burroughs 7 Pasadena 5

Crescenta Valley 3 Burbank 0 (see story)

Burroughs 25 Muir 1

Luis Pereyra struck out eight of nine batters he faced and Cameron Rodriguez went 2 for 2 with two doubles and five RBI’s in the Indians combined no-hitter.


Cheyenne Steward of Burroughs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Cheyenne Steward of Burroughs (Photo by Dick Dornan)

Burroughs 10 Pasadena 2 (see story)

Burbank 9 Crescenta Valley 1

Caitlyn Brooks gave up five hits and struck out 14 batters while going 2 for 3 with two doubles and two RBI’s at the plate. Ashley Russo went 4 for 5 with two runs scored. Lily Winn and Bridgette Pisa each had two hits apiece.

Brooks is now 10-1 on the season with a .37 ERA.

Burroughs 25 Muir 0

The Indians banged out 22 hits while Cheyenne Steward and Danielle Ryan threw a combined no-hitter. Sabrina Espitia went 4 for 4 with eight RBI’s, a double and two home runs. Delaney Nicol went 2 for 2 with two runs scored, four RBI’s and a home run.


Burbank 3 Glendale 1 (25-22, 16-25, 25-9, 26-24)

Stat Leaders: John You 10 kills; Derian Blandon 8 kills, 8 digs; Jason Gomez: 21 assists

Burroughs 3 Crescenta Valley 0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-15)

Stat Leaders: Daniel Jacobs 16 kills; BJ Lagmay 33 assists; Shayne Beamer 10 kills

Burroughs 3 South Torrance 1 (25-18, 17-25, 25-22, 25-21)

Stat Leaders: Daniel Jacobs 18 kills; BJ Lagmay 31 assists; Danny Casillas 14 digs

Claremont 3 Burbank 0 (25-18, 25-11, 25-10)


Burroughs 13 Burbank 5 (second match of the season)

Burroughs 16 Pasadena 2

Glendale 10 Burbank 8


Burbank victorious over Glendale

  BHS                Glendale

Varsity Girls        87                         57

Varsity Boys       83                          81

Despite missing a few swimmers due to injuries and absences, the Bulldogs were able to squeak by in the varsity boys meet by two points. Event winners were Stella, Derek, Alin, Jwalta, Riley, Beam, Berley, Gene, Alex, Anis and Brian Kwon.  Double winners included Justice, Ryan & Lousine.


Crescenta Valley 218 Burroughs 221 Glendale 250

John Burroughs High School
Date: 4/4Location: Brookside 1Par 36
Varsity Match
JBHSPlayer NameinoutScoreGlendalePlayer NameinoutScore
1Daniel Kesicbasian451Russell Caletena38
2Garrit Green462Kevin Yi61
3Sivakorn Losakul393Sammy Do48
4Sean White52d4Joon Song63d
5Patrick Colbert495Kent Asano47
6Dylan McNeely426Dong Yoo56
Team Total221Team Total250
Cresenta ValleyPlayer Nameinoutscore
1Paul Park36
2Cody Renfro41
3Adrian Chia41
4Tanner Bloks46
5Jon Hong54
6Dylan Bechtle58d
Low Medalist:
Paul Park36
Russell Caletena38
d deonotes dropped score


Sean White of Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sean White of Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

14th annual Burbank Cup (Burbank 8 and 1/2 over Burroughs 7 and 1/2)

See story for more information

DeBell Golf coursePar 71Match Play Format
14th Annual Burbank Cup4/2/2013
JBHS PlayerScoreWin/LossBHS PlayerScoreWin/Loss
Sean White89LBrady Dunayer81W 7-5
Sivakorn Losakul80LRoman Verciglio80W 1-0
Daniel Kesicbasian83W 1-0Andy Chung83L
Patrick Colbert84W 2-0Jason Apinchapong86L
Dylan McNeely83W 5-4Dylan Sherry105L
Tnick Trivimol104HalfBlake Newton97Half
Garrit Green102LAustin Tatka96W 7-5
Konner Fairman95LEric Kouyoumdjian92W 1-0
Austin Stefanovich104LGrant Le101W 1-0
North Ketola108LKurt Kenehan109W 3-2
Josh Strobl102W 2-1Evan Mehta105L
Grant Fairman135LMatt Lyneis109W 5-3
Garrett Burton114LJayden Thomas112W 1-0
Ethan Williams99W 4-3Ryan Raad116L
Gio Cera92W 9-7Daniel Baker125L
Ryan O’Neil100W 10-8Krishil GandhiDQL
Overall7 and 1/2Overall8 and 1/2
Low MedalistClosest To the Pin
Sivakorn LosakulJBHS80Jayden ThomasHole 14
Roman VerciglioBHS80
Longest Drive
Blake NewtonHole 10


Burroughs 224 Glendale 271

John Burroughs High School
Date: 3/28Location: HardingPar 37
Varsity Match
JBHSPlayer NameinoutScoreGlendalePlayer NameinoutScore
1Daniel Kesicbasian431Russell Caletena40
2Garrit Green49d2Kevin67d
3Sivakorn Losakul473Sammy Do46
4Sean White424Joon Song52
5Patrick Colbert465Eyna Alaan66
6Dylan McNeely466
Team Total224Team Total271
Low Medalist:
Russell Caletena40
d deonotes dropped score



South Pasadena Tiger Invitational – Friday, April 5


BRS 100 – Niko Guerrero – 9th – 12.09

BRS 100 – Corwin Scherer – 17th – 12:29

BRS 200 – Niko Guerrero – 12th – 24.58

B 800 – Everth Vargas – 17th – 2:03.33

BV Mile – Ricky Mendez – 17th – 4:38.39

B Mile – Shane Thompson – 2nd – 4:36.10

GV 3200 – Gracia Innocentia – 2nd – 11:28.74 – JB #4 All-Time G3200

GRS 3200 – Eileen Eckles – 1st – 12:09.75

BV 3200 – Luis Celaya – 7th – 9:45.83

BRS 3200 – Garrett Boulais – 2nd – 10:02.08

BRS 3200 – Elias Hoxsie – 3rd – 10:03.42

GV 100H – Carissa Jackson – 11th – 18.34

BRS 110H – Corwin Scherer – 3rd – 17.37

BRS 110H – Nathan Bradley – 5th – 17.81

BV 300H – Augusto Corea – 7th – 44.52

BRS 300H – Nathan Bradley – 2nd – 43.52

GV PV – Ellaine Ilano – 10th – 7’

GRS PV – Sarah Prystupa – 3rd – 8’6”

BV PV – Matt Schwartz – 2nd – 13’6”

BRS PV – Kent Truong – 2nd – 11’

BRS LJ – Niko Guerrero – 11th – 18’3”

Burbank 105 Pasadena 31 (boys)

MEETBurbank v. Pasadena
1st Place2nd Place3rd PlaceSCORE
4 x 10044.92Pasadena45.56Burbank05
320010:34MoskowitzB10:35VasquezB10:52Itagaki, DB90
4 x 4003:36Burbank3:42Pasadena50

Burbank 110 Pasadena 24 (girls)

MEETBurbank v. Pasadena
1st Place2nd Place3rd PlaceSCORE
4 x 10051.02Burbank54.38Pasadena50
4 x 4004:18.6Burbank4:35.9Pasadena50


Burroughs Powers by Pasadena, 10-2

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

Delaney Nicol of Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Delaney Nicol of Burroughs (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Fresh off its tournament title in La Jolla during spring break, Burroughs continued its winning ways with a dominating 10-2 victory against Pasadena Tuesday afternoon at Olive Park. It was the seventh consecutive victory for the Indians who improved to 10-4 overall and 2-0 in league.

Cheyenne Steward threw six innings allowing only one run on six hits as she earned her sixth win of the season. Michelle Santiago had a huge day at the plate going 3 for 4 with a home run, three RBI’s and three runs scored.

“We are doing really good. It’s going to be a good season,” Santiago said. “I think it is hard work that pays off in the end. We work hard all the time and I think we can take league again.”

Pacific League action (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Pacific League action (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burroughs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second inning. Leading 4-1 in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Indians broke the game wide open as they hammered three home runs and tallied six runs.

Home runs by Santiago, Kaitlin Okimoto (three RBI’s) and Lahela Bautista in a matter of six batters ended the hopes of the Bulldogs.

“That inning was great because we finally started to wait on some pitches and not be overly aggressive,” Burroughs Coach Doug Nicol said. “We waited and got our pitches.”

Steward has filled in wonderfully in the absence of the injured Brice Edrington. Steward, who was sick during the trip to La Jolla but still played and pitched effectively, controlled the tempo of the game from the outset.

“I’m working hard and doing what I can. Overall we did great,” Steward said.

“She did well. She’s been sick so her energy was down a little bit and her velocity wasn’t normally where it would be,” Nicol added. “But I thought she did a good job of hitting her spots. And she had good defense behind her. She will be even more effective once she gets her strength back.”





Kevin Hoang, Burroughs Tennis

By Dick Dornan
MyBurbank Sports Editor

What is a season without a little adversity?

To achieve its goal of becoming Pacific League champions for the first time since 2011, the Burroughs boys’ tennis team will have to overcome the season-ending loss of Garrett Auproux, the two-time defending league champion in singles play. Auproux suffered a broken leg in a recent junior tournament in Palm Springs.

Kevin Hoang

Kevin Hoang

Auproux was the catalyst for an Indians squad that reached the CIF Southern Section Division II semifinals the last two seasons. With Auproux out, Burroughs will turn to senior captain Kevin Hoang to lead them to their desired destination.

“Of course we are all concerned. And we all wish him the best of luck,” Hoang said. “We tried to not let it get to us so much but it is a tough loss. But I’m sure we will get through it.”

Hoang, 18, is a four-year letterman who plays alongside partner Wen Yao Lin to form the Indians’ number one doubles team. Auproux was the inspirational leader for JBHS delivering pre-game speeches to get his team fired up for its matches. Now Hoang will take the lead role to motivate his teammates.

“He gave us pep talks before and we are going to miss that. I’m going to have to take that role. Now I get to talk to the team and pump them up kind of,” said Hoang after Burroughs defeated Hoover, 13-5, a few weeks back. “I tried today. I think it worked.”

Senior Michael Whelan, junior Calvin Fox and sophomore Sawyer Patterson will fill in for Auproux in singles action. Rounding out the doubles teams are Steve Shin and Eduardo Ilano and partners Jacob Kim and Elliott Lagman.

Hoang, a mild-mannered young man with a strong tennis game, said the team will rally around each other and step up in Auproux’s absence. As captain, it all starts with Hoang and trickles down to the rest of the team.

“I’ve known him since he was a little guy in my tennis camps. He is a very easy going guy,” said Burroughs Coach Roy Bernhardt. “He is a super sport. He’s always here. He’s always at practice. Always doing workouts.”

The loss of Auproux comes during a year when Burroughs was moved up to Division one. Hoang feels the team will be fine because of their experience as well as team camaraderie.

“We are all really close because most of the people came back from last year,” Hoang said. “Our main goal is to win the league this year and I think we can do it. We are really strong this year.”

Burroughs is currently undefeated in league at 6-0 after defeating Burbank, 12-6.

“They will do fine. They feel bad for him (Auproux) but they know they are a strong team,” Bernhardt added.

Burroughs is half way to re-claiming the league title. Adversity always brings out the best in a champion.

POP SHOW 33 ‘We Will Rock You’ Plays to Packed House

The John Burroughs High School Music Association presents POP SHOW 33 ‘We Will Rock You’ and they will. The show features several of the Associations Choirs with additional performances tonight at 7:00pm and again tomorrow at 2:00pm.

Guests in attendance Friday evening left with smiles on their faces and a tap in their steps after being ‘ROCKED’, join them and bring the whole family, ticket are still available.


John Burroughs Vocal Music Assoc. Presents Pop Show 33 'We Will Rock You" for through the weekend. (Photos by Ross A. Benson)

Local Man To Guest Host Popular Radio Program

TubaChristmas Conductor Scott Wilkinson

Scott Wilkinson

Tune in KFI AM 640 this Saturday and Sunday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., and you won’t be hearing Leo Laporte talking on his “Tech Guy” show.   Instead, you will hear the voice of Scott Wilkinson.

The Burbank resident will be guest hosting the “Tech Guy” program while Laporte is in Paris, France, attending “Le Web.”  This will be Wilkinson’s third time hosting the show, which originates from Laporte’s own studio in Petaluma, north of the San Francisco.  The show goes out to 160 stations with an estimated 1 million listeners, all over the country via KFI here in Burbank.

Laporte’s new studio not only serves as a radio studio, but also allows for video.  The 10,000 square-foot studio is equipped with 40 hi definition (HD) cameras that allow you to watch the radio broadcast.  It can be viewed at Live.Twit.TV. Listeners can also join the show’s chat room at IRC.Twit.TV. In addition to the Tech Guy program, Laporte produces other radio shows and over 30 weekly audio and video Pod Casts.

Leo Laporte

Commenting on why, out of all the other on-air personalities associated with Laporte, he was chosen to guest host, Wilkinson said, “I’m one of the few who can answer tech questions off the cuff.”

Wilkinson is a professional musician and journalist, specializing in writing about home theaters.   He met Leo Laporte some years ago at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Laporte was broadcasting from the show, and the two talked about home theaters.  That evolved into Wilkinson doing a regular guest shot on the show each Sunday at 11:30 a.m.  Wilkinson has guest hosted for Laporte two other times.

The Burroughs High School graduate received his B.S. degree in Physics from UC Santa Cruz.  Both of his parents were musicians, and his father taught music at L.A. City College. He began writing about professional audio.  About 20 years ago he was asked to write about consumer audio and video, and that’s how he got into writing about home theaters.

Speaking about how he found his niche, Willkinson said, “I’ve always enjoyed combining science and music.”

The biggest change Wilkinson has seen during his years of following television technology was the move away from big, bulky cathode ray tube (CRT) televisions that had been around for 60 years, to the direct view flat panel TV’s we see today. For the serious home movie watcher, he recommends plasma TV’s over the LCD TV’s.

Looking way into the future, Wilkinson predicted,  “We could see holographic TV”  He knows a guy who has developed the technology.  Now all that’s needed is someone with 10’s of millions of dollars to come along to develop it into a product.

If you have questions about consumer electronic technology, or especially home theaters, give Wilkinson a call Saturday or Sunday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  The number to call is 1-88-88-ASK Leo (1-888-827-5536).

Capacity Crowd Enjoys “Burroughs on Broadway”

Photso By Ross A. Benson


 Members of the John Burroughs High School’s Powerhouse, Sound Sensations, Sound Waves and Decibels, preformed “Burroughs On Broadway” Friday and Saturday evenings to capacity crowds.  Members preformed to numbers from Mary Poppins, Chicago,  Hairspray and In The Heights where students wowed the crowd and preformed to a technically stuffed show. The final performance will be on Sunday at 2:00pm and there are still tickets available. This event is one of the  Burroughs Vocal Music Association’s major fundraisers for the year.