LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have named Heidi Androl
as Special Events Host where she will serve as the primary on-air personality for www.LAKings.com, the club’s official website, and “Kings Vision,” the new signature online Video network, it was announced today by Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille.
In addition, the Kings announced that Tom Murray, an Emmy Award-winning anchor, reporter and producer with more than 20 years of television news experience, has joined the Kings as an on-air/features contributor for LAKings.com.
Androl, who was a frontrunner on the recent hit NBC show “The Apprentice L.A.,” will also serve as the club’s Host for all Kings home games at STAPLES Center and other special events. To see her initial on-line launch, including her inaugural Kings video package, her bio, introductory letter to the fans and photo gallery, visit LAKings.com now.
“Heidi was the ideal candidate for this newly created position as we continue to re-shape the business side of the Kings,” said Robitaille. “She is very smart, has a great deal of on-air camera experience and we feel that she will really be able to show the great personalities of our players. Her hard work on ‘The Apprentice’ was obvious and the fact that she knows and loves hockey, and knows the entertainment world, makes her a great addition to the business side of our organization. Donald Trump’s loss is the Kings’ gain.”
A former model, Androl has appeared in hundreds of national and international print and commercial ad campaigns. A native of Michigan, once Androl moved to Los Angeles she joined the big and small screen by appearing on networks such as ESPN, USA, CBS, NBC, FOX, UPN, E! and TNT. Her hosting career has included topics on sports, entertainment and business.
In 2004, her career path changed and she took an apprenticeship in the male dominated aerospace industry. She then appeared in the popular reality show “The Apprentice L.A.” and she was in 13 of the 14 episodes this past season. She also led her team to three wins, the most for one project manager in the history of The Apprentice.
Now Androl has returned to her passion for sports entertainment as the new web personality for the Kings.
Murray, who during the 2006-07 season worked as a hockey analyst and reporter for FSN West, joins the Kings as a contributor to LAKings.com.
“Tom has tremendous on-air experience and a great passion for hockey,” said Michael Altieri, Kings Vice President Communications and Corporate Development. “We feel that Tom will compliment Heidi’s off-ice web features and content by delivering our fans terrific, inside-Kings hockey knowledge and information. We are excited to add them both to our website team.”
Murray, who spent nine seasons as a sportscaster at KCAL-TV, has a wide range of media experience, not only writing and producing shows for Fox Sports Net (for the series, “Beyond The Glory” and “Under The Lights”) but also for Court TV (“The Investigators” and Dominick Dunne’s “Power Privilege & Justice”). Through his production company, Two Sons Productions, Murray is also developing a documentary, “A Light In His Eyes,” about his brother Chris, an autistic artist.
Murray has also served as an on-camera host for a wide array of productions. They range from a special on the history of auto racing, which he also wrote and produced, to several specials on The Food Network and HGTV.