Rafael Hernández Brito, Carlos Morales, and Clemson Smith Muñiz Call the Action
Broadcasts Presented by Werner Ladder
New York, NY – April 1, 2021
WHAT: Westwood One and the NCAA will broadcast the 2021 NCAA Men’s Final Four and Championship Game in Spanish for the fourth consecutive tournament. This event will be produced by Westwood One and presented by Werner Ladder, the official ladder of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships. Westwood One is the exclusive national audio partner of the NCAA.
“Werner is excited to be back as the presenting sponsor o//f the 2021 NCAA Men’s Final Four in Spanish for the fourth year,” said Stacy Gardella, vice president of brand marketing for Werner Co. “The Spanish language broadcast enables Werner to reach a growing audience of basketball fans while supporting Werner’s position as the official ladder of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.”
WHO: The trio of Rafael Hernández Brito (play-by-play), former Puerto Rican national team coach Carlos Morales (analysis), and Clemson Smith Muñiz (pregame/halftime host) will announce all the action for the Spanish-language Final Four® and the National Championship game.
- Rafael Hernández Brito, known as Rafa “El Alcalde”, is a veteran broadcaster and has been the Spanish play-by-play voice for the Cleveland Cavaliers for the last six seasons. Prior to joining the Cavs, he was the Spanish voice of the Brooklyn Nets for two seasons and has also called St. John’s University basketball. His national broadcast experience includes eight years as the voice of the NFL en Español for Univision, and he has called 11 Super Bowls. He has also done Spanish play-by-play for the Miami Dolphins, as well as for Major League Baseball, boxing, and UFC. With the 2015 NBA Finals, he became the first broadcaster in the United States to call the Finals of all three major sports in Spanish. He has called the Final Four and Championship Game in Spanish for the network the past three NCAA tournaments.
- Carlos Morales joins Westwood One for the first time this weekend and will be the game analyst. Morales was on the coaching staff of the Puerto Rican national basketball team for a decade, during which time, they participated in two Olympic Games, three world championships and three Goodwill Games. During his time there, the national team captured five gold medals and seven silver medals in international competitions. He has also coached professional basketball in both Venezuela and the Dominican Republic, before joining ESPN as a television analyst in 2000. He called the Final Four and Championship Game in Spanish for ESPN International from 2005-2018.
- Clemson Smith Muñiz, founder and president of Smith Muñiz Productions, is a pioneer in Spanish-language sports media and is currently the Spanish radio voice of the New York Jets as well as MLB Network’s SAP broadcasts. Starting in 1994, Smith Muñiz helped revive Spanish-language sports radio in New York City and introduced Spanish-language SAP to local and national broadcasts, including Monday Night Football. He helped launch the first Spanish-language broadcasts of the Knicks, St. John’s University basketball, and Army football on radio, and of the Yankees and Mets on local Hispanic and cable TV. Clemson also did the NFL in Spanish for Westwood One from 2003-2005.
WHEN: Westwood One Sports will present full play-by-play Spanish action from the NCAA Men’s Final Four at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, IN, on Saturday, April 3, at 5 p.m. ET, and the National Championship Game on Monday, April 5 at 9 p.m. ET.
HOW TO LISTEN: Spanish language coverage can be heard on terrestrial radio stations, via SiriusXM, online for free on westwoodonesports.com, and for free via the TuneIn app. Fans can also access live audio via Alexa-enabled devices by asking to “Open Westwood One Sports.”
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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®. Westwood One has been the exclusive network radio partner to the NFL since 1987.
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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. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes.
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