June 28, 2010

Eastern Games to Air on 700 ESPN The Ticket

Three-year agreement includes play-by-play duties handled by veteran broadcasters Larry Weir and Dennis Patchin

Eastern Washington University and KXLY Radio Group have reached a radio agreement to have all home and away EWU football and men’s basketball games broadcast live on 700 ESPN The Ticket.

The three-year agreement includes football and men’s basketball coaches shows, as well as internet coverage (www.espnnorthwest.com) of all broadcasts. Larry Weir (play-by-play) and Paul Sorensen (analysis) will return as the broadcast team in football, with Dennis Patchin taking over Eagle basketball play-by-play duties. The first game broadcast will be Thursday, Sept. 2 when the Eastern football team plays at Nevada, with kickoff set for 6:05 p.m.

“We are very proud and thrilled to reach this agreement with the KXLY Radio Group,” said Eastern athletic director Bill Chaves. “The availability of having our games broadcast live on the same station on 700 ESPN The Ticket, as well as the great signal it has into Cheney, is a great opportunity for EWU to reach a larger audience. The KXLY Radio Group has a great tradition of providing quality live broadcasts of local sports teams, and we’re excited to be a part of their sports offerings.”

In making the official announcement, Chaves will be a guest on the Patchin, Osso and the Wingman Show at 3:25 p.m. Pacific time on Monday (June 28) Pacific time. The interview may be heard in the Spokane/Cheney area on 700-AM, or via the web at: www.espnnorthwest.com.

Weir will return for his 20th season as the voice of the Eagles in football, having broadcast all but one of EWU’s 217 games in that span. The only game he missed was a 2005 playoff game at Northern Iowa when he was broadcasting Eastern’s basketball games in Alaska.

Basketball will now be handled by Patchin, an Idaho State University graduate who has been with KXLY for over 25 years and has covered everything from the Washington State Cougars to the Seattle Mariners. During his time at KXLY, Patchin was also the voice of the Gonzaga Bulldogs on radio for four seasons, during which the Zags made three straight Sweet 16 appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Brian Paul, Market Manager for the KXLY Radio Group, worked closely with EWU in reaching the agreement. Radio and television reporter Keith Osso and radio broadcaster Steve “The Wingman” Pry are also expected to help with the broadcasts and coaches shows.

Osso began his broadcast career at KXLY4 News as a sports photographer in May of 2003 and was promoted to sports reporter in July of 2005. He is a graduate of Spokane’s East Valley High School, and attended and played baseball at North Idaho Junior College and Mesa State College in Colorado.

Pry is a 1995 graduate of Mead High School and also graduated from Eastern Washington University in 2001 with a degree in electronic media and film.

Another former Eastern student, current ESPN broadcaster Colin Cowherd, returned in April to serve as host of the 29th Annual Orland Killin Dinner, Dance and Auction, and has also pledged his support of the "Red Turf" project at EWU's Woodward Field. His show, "The Herd with Colin Cowherd,” is aired daily from 7-10 a.m. Pacific time on 700 ESPN The Ticket.

Cowherd attended Eastern from 1982-86 before embarking on a more than 20-year professional broadcasting career. He was sports director of Eastern's on-campus radio station, and was a broadcaster for a variety of Eastern athletic events on both radio and television during Eastern's transition to NCAA Division I. He is formerly from the coastal town of Grayland, Wash., and graduated from Ocosta (Wash.) High School in 1982 where he was an All-Far West Conference guard in basketball.

Cowherd began his professional career as the play-by-play voice for the Pacific Coast League's Las Vegas Stars, and worked at television stations in Las Vegas, Tampa and Portland, Ore., before joining ESPN in 2004. "The Herd with Colin Cowherd" made its debut on March 29, 2004, and he recently became co-host of the new television show SportsNation, which airs weekdays on ESPN2.

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