Mario Machado, 78, LA TV newsman, AYSO founder, dies

Originally posted on The Beast 980:

WEST HILLS (CNS) – Mario Machado, who earned eight Emmy Awards as a newscaster and TV host in Los Angeles starting in the 1960s, died Friday, friends announced today. He was 78.

Machado, who played collegiate soccer, called soccer games on CBS and Spanish-language television, and helped found the AYSO soccer organization, was a strong voice for allowing girls to play in the childrens’ organization, which he helped found, a family friend said.

“Without Mario Machado’s strong voice, school girls today would not be playing AYSO soccer,” said Barbara Begyud.

Born in Shanghai of Chinese and Portuguese heritage, Machado was called the first Chinese-American newscaster in the L.A. market. He rose to fame as the consumer reporter on KNXT’s “The Big News,” the local CBS newscast that dominated the L.A. TV ratings in the 1970s and pioneered many TV news techniques that are now broadcast staples.

Machado joined KHJ-TV (now KCAL) in 1967, and was billed as the nation’s first Chinese-American…

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