On July 5th, Los Angeles broadcasting pioneer Brad Pye, Jr. passed away, at the age of 89. Pye, Jr. was the first African-American sportscaster in Los Angeles, paving the way for the likes of both Bryant Gumbel & Jim Hill. He was a columnist for the LA Sentinel, and worked for several area radio stations, KDAY, KACE, KGFJ and KJLH. Upon his death, Lofton tweeted the following.
Kenneth L. Shropshire @kenshropshireThe first time I saw my name in print. This man. Icon.:Brad Pye Jr., Trailblazing Sports Writer and Broadcaster, Passes Away - Los Angeles Sentinel | Los Angeles Sentinel | Black News @TheUndefeated https://t.co/7h3rpCmyu5