He’s Anchored in the Valley


FRED ROGGIN, host of the syndicated “Roggin’s Heroes” sports blooper show and an Emmy-winning sportscaster at KNBC Channel 4, and his wife, Richel, have purchased a four-bedroom home in Sherman Oaks for close to the $595,000 asking price.

Roggin, 37, hosted two “Top Secret Television” specials for NBC last year, featuring clips from unusual TV programs around the world.

A KNBC sportscaster since 1980, Roggin anchors four sportscasts a day during the week and hosts the Emmy-winning Sunday Nights Sports, also on Channel 4. He made an appearance last year on the NBC show “Blossom” and had a cameo role in the NBC movie “Witness to the Execution,” which aired in February.


“It’s our first permanent home together,” he said of the Sherman Oaks residence. “I couldn’t be happier.”

The Roggins, who were married in April of last year, bought a smaller house in Studio City shortly after their wedding, but they regarded that as a temporary abode, which they’ve leased out now that they’ve moved into their new home.

Built in the early 1960s, the Roggins’ new home was extensively updated by its former owners, a retired couple who moved to the La Costa area. The 3,200-square-foot home has a Valley-lights view; pool, spa and yard, designed for entertaining.

The Roggins’ former home has three bedrooms and a game room in 2,500 square feet. It was leased to Steve Levesque, a music publicist who has represented such stars as Paul Anka, Carol Channing and James Brown. Levesque works for veteran Hollywood publicist Lee Solters.

Don Underwood of Fred Sands’ Sherman Oaks office represented the Roggins in their purchase and lease. Diana Liekus, at the same realty office, represented Levesque.

Def Leppard bassist RICK SAVAGE has put his condo overlooking Beverly Hills on the market at $549,000, furnished.


Since Savage and four other British teen-agers got together to make music 17 years ago, their “light-metal” band suffered the death of its original guitarist, Steve Clark, and the loss of drummer Rick Allen’s left arm in a serious car accident. Allen relearned to play the drums using one arm and his feet.

The band last appeared in Los Angeles 18 months ago.

“They’re in Ireland and don’t spend enough time here to merit having the condominium,” said listing broker Elaine Young of Coldwell Banker, Beverly Hills, who shares the listing with Paul Czako, of the same realty firm.

The condo, which Savage bought in 1988, has two bedrooms in almost 1,700 square feet. It’s in a 32-story building with vast city views. The 146-unit, nearly 30-year-old building is where actor George Hamilton bought a condo in March.

Actor JOHN C. McGINLEY--who appears in the 1994 films “Surviving the Game,” “On Deadly Ground,” “Mother’s Boys,” “Car 54, Where Are You?” and the upcoming “Wagons East,” the late John Candy’s comedy Western--has purchased a three-bedroom home with ocean and canyon views in Malibu.

McGinley, who began his film career with appearances in “Platoon” (1986) and “Wall Street” (1987), bought a two-story traditional on a bit more than an acre for close to its last asking price of $729,000, sources say. Built in 1986, the house originally had been priced at nearly $1.3 million.

Kirk Murray and Chris Frost of Jim Rapf & Associates in Malibu represented McGinley in the purchase, and Jay Rubenstein, of the same firm, represented the seller, described as a home builder. McGinley had been renting a Malibu apartment for the past four years, sources say.

THOMAS CALABRO, who plays the lying, womanizing louse Michael Mancini in “Melrose Place,” and his actress wife, Liz, have moved into a Studio City home that they purchased for $300,000, sources say.

The traditional-style, 2,000-square-foot residence, built in the 1950s, had been listed by Nicki Marcellino of Prudential California, Sherman Oaks, who also represented the Calabros.

CLAUDIA CHRISTIAN, who stars as the icy brunette Commander Susan Ivanova in the sci-fi TV series “Babylon 5,” and her husband, Rod Dyer, a graphic designer in the film industry and a restaurateur (Pane e Vino on the Westside), have leased a Bel-Air home for close to its monthly asking price of $7,500, furnished, sources say.

The four-bedroom, 3,200-square-foot home has a woodsy yard and a wine cellar built into a hill. Cecelia Waeschle, Rodeo Realty in Beverly Hills, had the listing, and Phillip Spalding, of the firm’s Brentwood office, represented Christian and Dyer.