Radio Broadcast Team, Expanded Network Announced For Football
Aug. 11, 2011
University of Minnesota Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Gopher Sports Properties, today announced its football broadcast team for the 2011-12 season, as well as an expanded Gopher Radio Network Presented by Alarm Force.
The radio broadcast booth will feature Mike Grimm calling play-by-play, alongside Gopher great and long-time analyst Darrell Thompson and sideline reporter and KFAN personality Justin Gaard. Kevin Falness will host the pre-game show, and Corbu Stathes will host the halftime and post-game shows and provide scoreboard updates throughout the broadcasts.
Grimm enters his first year as the radio voice of Golden Gopher football, having served as play-by-play voice of Gopher basketball since 2006 and as pre-game, halftime and post-game show host for Golden Gopher football since 2006. He co-hosts the "Gopher Football Weekly with Jerry Kill Radio Show", the "Gopher Basketball Weekly with Tubby Smith Radio Show" and produces and anchors "The Golden Gopher Daily Update". He is a two-time winner of the Minnesota Sportscaster of the Year Award (2009, 2010), as presented by The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He also won the same award in Iowa in 1999. In addition to his Gopher duties, Grimm is the Minnesota News Network sports director.
Thompson, Gophers' all-time leading rusher, scored 40 rushing touchdowns, which remains a University of Minnesota career record. Thompson holds numerous Gopher records and was a two-time, First-Team All-Big Ten selection, earning those honors following the 1987 and 1989 seasons. He was the Big Ten Freshman of the Year in 1986 and drafted in 1990 by the NFL's Green Bay Packers, where he played five years. He has been an analyst on Gopher radio broadcasts since 1998.
Gaard, an Edina, Minn. native who attended the University of Minnesota, is the former co-host of "Gopher Fan Line" on KFAN. He currently serves as producer of "Bumper to Bumper with Dan Barreiro" on KFAN, which airs weekdays from 3-6:30 p.m.
Falness has worked in the radio business for 19 years, joining the Minnesota Wild broadcast team in 2000. He has served as the studio host and executive producer of Wild broadcasts since the team's inaugural season. Before that, he worked with Denver's KKFN Radio covering all sports including the University of Colorado, Colorado State and Air Force Academy football.
Stathes begins his fifth year of association with the Gopher Radio Network and has been the voice of Golden Gopher women's basketball since the 2007-08 season. Stathes also has done work on the Big Ten Network, the Minnesota News Network and the Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network.
Additionally, the Gopher Radio Network has expanded as KFAN 100.3 FM and Twin Cities Talk AM 1130 will be the flagship stations for football broadcasts in the Twin Cities. In addition to carrying the football broadcasts, KFAN also will air a full hour of programming leading into the Gopher Radio Network pre-game show and an hour of post-game coverage following the network's post-game show. Gopher Sports Properties (GSP) oversees every aspect of Gopher Radio Network Presented by Alarm Force, and a complete list of affiliates is noted below with those new to the network identified as well.
In addition to the over-the-air network, there are many other ways fans can access Gopher football broadcasts. Free internet audio streaming of game broadcasts and coaches radio shows will be available on GopherSports.com at http://www.gophersports.com/allaccess/gopherallaccess.html, and via mobile phone, allowing fans the opportunity to listen to broadcasts virtually anywhere.
"We're looking forward to the new season of Golden Gopher Football on the Gopher Radio Network," Minnesota Director of Athletics Joel Maturi said. "We believe we've put together a radio team who will do an outstanding job of bringing the games to our fans all over the world. We're also excited about our new flagship station KFAN and our expanded radio network."
Gopher Sports Properties is a property of Learfield Sports, which manages rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions, associations and conferences including seven Big Ten Conference member institutions - Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Penn State, Purdue and Wisconsin. Aside from the campus-level rights relationships Learfield Sports has with these schools, the company also manages the Big Ten's sponsorship rights and develops its corporate partnerships. The company also titles the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup in conjunction with NADA and USA Today. For more, visit learfieldsports.com.
2011-12 Gopher Radio Network (Football Broadcasts)
*Denotes new affiliate