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Network’s Coverage Includes the Final Four® in Spanish, sponsored by Werner Ladder
NEW YORK, NY, March 14, 2019 – Westwood One, the largest audio network in the U.S. and the official network radio partner of the NCAA, will tip off its exclusive live coverage of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship with First Four® action on Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 6:30 pm ET. Fans will be able to hear full play-by-play action from all 67 men’s basketball games, including eight first-round and second-round games, plus regional semifinals and finals. In addition, Westwood One will broadcast live coverage of NCAA Men’s Final Four® on Saturday, April 6, 2019, and the National Championship Game on Monday, April 8, in both English and Spanish.
Where to Listen
Westwood One’s complete NCAA men’s tournament coverage can be heard on more than 500 radio stations nationwide and via SiriusXM. All 67 Division I men’s games will also be streamed online for free at NCAA.com/MarchMadness and on westwoodonesports.com. Additionally, the broadcasts will be available for free via the NCAA March Madness Live app, and TuneIn.com. Fans can also access live audio via Google Assistant-enabled devices by asking to “Play NCAA March Madness on Westwood One.”
All-Star Broadcast Team
The trio of Kevin Kugler, Hall of Fame Coach John Thompson, and Clark Kellogg will announce all the action for the Final Four and the National Championship in English. Kellogg will be simultaneously serving as a studio analyst for both CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ television coverage in addition to Westwood One coverage. Immediately following the pregame show broadcast on the TV set, Kellogg will make his way courtside to the Westwood One radio broadcast position to join Kugler and Thompson to call the game. Then he will rejoin TV for halftime before repeating the process in the second half and postgame. Jim Gray will serve as courtside reporter; three-time NCAA Player of the Year and Hall of Famer Bill Walton will provide pregame, halftime, and postgame analysis for the Final Four and National Championship.
For the third straight year, the Spanish-language broadcast will be called by Rafael Hernandez Brito and former All-American Greivis Vásquez and hosted by Clemson Smith Muñiz.
New to the crew this year is ESPN college basketball analyst and former coach Fran Fraschilla, who will join Jason Horowitz to anchor the network coverage from Westwood One’s New York City studios. Brad Heller will anchor Westwood One’s coverage on the satellite, online, and mobile platforms.
In addition to Kellogg, Thompson, and Walton, Westwood One’s coverage of NCAA March Madness® will also feature a wealth of renowned commentators and analysts including former All-Americans Jim Jackson, Dan Dickau, and Robbie Hummel; former SEC Player of the Year Will Perdue; former coaches Mike Montgomery and P.J. Carlesimo; and former college stars Donny Marshall, Austin Croshere, and Jon Crispin.
The roster of tournament play-by-play announcers will include Kugler, Tom McCarthy, Scott Graham, John Sadak, Ryan Radtke, Brandon Gaudin, Chris Carrino, Craig Way, and Ted Emrich.
Here is Westwood One’s 2019 schedule of NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament broadcasts:
- First Four Doubleheaders: Tuesday, March 19, 6:30 pm ET / Wednesday, March 20, 6:30 pm ET
- First Round Quadrupleheaders: Thursday, March 21, 12 noon ET / Friday, March 22, 12 noon ET
- Second Round Quadrupleheaders: Saturday, March 23, 12 noon ET / Sunday, March 24, 12 noon ET
- Regional Semifinal Doubleheaders: Thursday, March 28, 7:00 pm ET / Friday, March 29, 7:00 pm ET
- Men’s Division II Championship: Saturday, March 30, 2:45 pm ET
- Regional Final Doubleheaders: Saturday, March 30, 6:00 pm ET / Sunday, March 31, 2:00 pm ET
- Men’s Final Four: Saturday, April 6, 4:30 pm ET
- Men’s National Championship: Monday, April 8, 7:30 pm ET
Westwood One will produce an outstanding lineup of college basketball programming including Great Moments in Tournament History, a 60-second daily historical feature, plus one-hour preview shows The NCAA Tournament Today, The Final Four Show, and Championship Monday.
For a complete schedule of games, announcer bios, exclusive audio content, and a list of radio stations airing Westwood One’s broadcast of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, log on to westwoodonesports.com.
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About Westwood One Sports
Westwood One Sports is home to some of the most exciting sports broadcasts on radio. In addition to NCAA Basketball, including the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tournaments and the Final Four; it is also the exclusive provider of the Frozen Four®, the Men’s Lacrosse Championship, and the Men’s and Women’s College World Series®. In addition, Westwood One has been the exclusive network radio partner to the NFL since 1987. Its other properties include the Masters, the Olympics, the Kentucky Derby, the NHL, The Stanley Cup Final, and more. Westwood One also distributes NBC Sports Radio and CBS Sports Radio sports talk. On social media, join the Westwood One Sports community on Facebook at facebook.com/westwoodonesports and Twitter at twitter.com/westwood1sports. For more information, visit www.westwoodonesports.com
About Westwood One
Westwood One, the national-facing arm of CUMULUS MEDIA, offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news and entertainment content to 245 million listeners each week across an audio network of 8,000 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and the American Music Awards. The rapidly growing Westwood One Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening. For more information please visit www.westwoodone.com.
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create greater opportunities for nearly half a million student-athletes each year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. More than 54,000 student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by competing in NCAA championships each year. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola as official corporate champions and the following elite companies as official corporate partners: Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Geico, Google Cloud, Hershey’s, Infiniti, Intel, Lowe’s, Marriott International, Nabisco, Pizza Hut, Uber Eats, Unilever and Wendy’s.
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