A number of familiar voices will once again be calling the action for Wisconsin sports teams in 2002-03, although a couple of UW squads will have new radio announcers according to officials from Badger Sports Properties and the Department of Athletics.
Returning to describe the action for the football and mens basketball teams is the highly popular and respected duo of Matt Lepay (play-by-play) and Mike Lucas (color commentary). That pair has been the voice of the Badger football and mens basketball teams since 1994. Brian Posick, who has described the action for Badger womens basketball the last eight years, will assume similar duties for the mens hockey team. Former Wisconsin State Journal Sports Editor Bill Brophy will provide analysis on the mens hockey broadcasts. Aaron Sims, who has broadcast high school football and basketball games in the Madison market since 1999, is the new play-by-play voice for BadgerBall.
We are excited to have some familiar voices calling the action for Badger fans. We are very excited about some of the new programming changes as well as the positioning of Brian and Aaron on our announce teams, said Eric Barnhart, General Manager of Badger Sports Properties. BSP handles the schools multi-media properties, including the state-wide radio networks for live game broadcasts, coaches radio and TV shows and many other marketing and promotional ventures.
Were exceptionally pleased to have such talented and respected broadcasters on board to bring Badger sports action to fans all across the state, said Steve Malchow, Assistant Athletic Director for Communications. There arent very many broadcasters nation-wide in either the college or professional ranks -- that offer the enthusiasm, knowledge, objectivity and professionalism of our announcers.
Lepay, who began his play-by-play duties with the Badger mens basketball team in 1989, is one of college sports top play-by-play talents and one of the most recognizable voices in the state of Wisconsin. The 1997 and 2000 Wisconsin Broadcaster of the Year will continue to host the Barry Alvarez radio and TV shows and the newly created Badger Sports Report with Matt Lepay (for television) and Badger Sports Talk (for radio). Those two new shows will air weekly during the season.
Few people have a greater historical perspective of Badger sports than Lucas, who has covered Wisconsin athletic teams since his days as a UW student in the late 1960s. He has worked at The Capital Times since 1971 reporting on Badger sports and been a color commentator for UW football, mens basketball and mens hockey on both the radio and TV since the early 1980s. The two-time (1982 and 1984) Wisconsin Sportswriter of the Year currently hosts Sidelines, a weekly TV show on local sports and makes daily radio commentaries on WIBA.
Posick, the Sports Director at WIBA since 1998, had served as play-by-play voice for UW womens basketball since 1994-95. The 15-year radio veteran worked previously at WWSP while attending college at UW-Stevens Point. Posick was play-by-play announcer for the Pointer hockey team, including their national championship season. He has announced Wisconsin hockey on WHAs delayed television broadcasts the last three years. Brophy has covered Western Collegiate Hockey Association games since 1975.
Sims has worked at WIBA/WTSO for the last three years and has handled play-by-play duties for many high school football and basketball games. Sims also co-hosts the Bullpen Show daily on ESPN Radio 1070.
Barnhart also announced that the weekly Barry Alvarez Radio Show will continue to air Thursdays from 7-8 p.m. A new twist will include the show airing over the Badger Sports state-wide network live from the Great Dane in downtown Madison. The half-hour long Barry Alvarez TV Show will air Sundays on a variety of state-wide television stations that includes WISC in Madison as well as Fox Sports Net North on cable systems in Wisconsin.
New to the lineup this winter will be Badger Sports Talk and the Badger Sports Report with Matt Lepay. These radio and TV shows will incorporate all UW athletic teams with a focus on Bo Ryans defending Big Ten championship mens basketball team, Jane Albrights exciting and entertaining womens basketball squad and Mike Eaves inaugural season as head coach of the mens hockey team at his alma mater.
The weekly radio show airs Mondays from 7-8 p.m. and will be broadcast from the Badgerland Bar & Grill. The television show will be shown weekly on WISC in Madison and also on Fox Sports Net North.