By CHRISTIAN MONTERROSA | Reporter
Palisadian Sam Lagana was named a “neighborhood hero” in a special year-end newsletter from Councilmember Mike Bonin that “focuses on some of the unsung heroes who have worked so hard to make our neighborhoods great.”
“Sam’s community work is robust and comprehensive, and has been focused on improving youth experiences and creating community,” the newsletter said.
Lagana is known to the public as the “Man behind the Mic” for his recognizable broadcast voice as public address announcer for the Los Angeles Rams and as the announcer for the Palisades Parade.
He has served on the YMCA Board, Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment Commission, and the Palisades Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors where he played a pivotal role in working with the city to build a new gym at Palisades Recreaction Center. Lagana is currently serving as assistant vice chancellor of Pepperdine University.
“Deservedly so, Sam has long been recognized for his work,” Bonin’s newsletter said.
In 2000, USA Volleyball presented Lagana with the Robert Lindsay Award for meritorious service to the sport’s national governing body.
In 2004, The Los Angeles Athletic Club presented Lagana with its highest honor, the Duke Award, for outstanding contributions to club activities and sports in Los Angeles.
In 2009 and 2012, Lagana received honors and certificates from the city of Los Angeles, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the California State Senate and Assembly.