CTSN Ready for 2008 Football Season



Aug. 12, 2008

Tuscaloosa, Ala. - Once again this season, more than 50 radio stations in Alabama and around the south will broadcast Alabama football games in 2008 via the Crimson Tide Sports Network (CTSN), a joint venture of Learfield Communications and International Sports Properties (ISP). But football season only marks the beginning of CTSN's high-volume commitment to all Alabama athletics for 2008-09, as all 21 Crimson Tide scholarship sports will receive coverage via multimedia, radio and television through CTSN.

For the 20th football season, the voice of the Tide will be Eli Gold. A nationally known sportscaster, Gold is also the host of "NASCAR Live", a weekly, nationally syndicated radio call-in show. He has also done play-by-play for National Football League (NFL), Arena Football League and NHL games on radio and television. For the second consecutive season, former All-American linebacker Barry Krauss, will report from the sidelines. Krauss, who helped lead Alabama to a national championship in 1978, was a first round draft choice of the Baltimore Colts in 1979, playing 13 seasons in the NFL. Veteran broadcaster Tom Roberts celebrates his 30th season on the network this fall. In addition to hosting the CTSN pre-game show and the game broadcast from the press box, Roberts will be the network's lead color analyst on football broadcasts.

One innovation by CTSM this season will be the addition of guest analysts on each broadcast beginning with former Tide defensive back Antonio Langham as guest commentator for the season opener against Clemson on August 30. The complete lineup is still being developed, but the following former Crimson Tide stars have committed to participate: Langham (Clemson, Aug. 30), former center Roger Shultz (Tulane, September 6), former receiver Prince Wimbley (Western Kentucky, Sept. 13), former cornerback Sam Shade (Kentucky, October 4) and former lineman Jerry Duncan (Tennessee, Oct. 25) returns to the booth having served as a sideline reporter in Tide broadcasts in the past.

Chris Stewart and Tyler Watts will start and end the game-day broadcasts on radio live from Baumhower's Wings Restaurant in Tuscaloosa. Stewart will also handle the network's tape-delayed and live pay-per-view telecasts. Stewart is in his seventh season on the network, where he is also the voice of men's basketball and baseball. Watts, a former Tide quarterback, begins his second season on the network.

The CTSN broadcast is produced by Tom Stipe, in his 26th season with the network. Stipe also serves as president of the Southeastern Conference Broadcasters Association. Butch Owens stands behind Gold every week as the spotter for his 20th year on the Alabama crew. Brian Roberts begins his 11th year as the statistician for the broadcast. Jim Carabin oversees the Alabama broadcasts in his role as general manager of Crimson Tide Sports Marketing. And the network's elder statesman, Bert Bank, is in his seventh decade with the network. Bank, the producer emeritus, formed the radio network more than 50 years ago.

Below is a glimpse at other coverage exclusively produced by CTSN:

"THE Nick Saban SHOW" and "HEY, COACH"

Alabama fans again will have an opportunity to talk with Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban each Thursday night on his weekly radio show live from Buffalo Wild Wings in Tuscaloosa. Tom Roberts hosts the 90-minute coaches' call-in show which begins with "Hey, Coach" each Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. The first broadcast is set for August 14. Fans can join the program by calling toll-free 877-202-ALABAMA.


Crimson Tide fans keep up with all of Alabama's players and coaches each weekday on "Crimson Tide Today", a daily update on all University of Alabama athletic teams, with Tom Roberts.

THE Nick Saban TV SHOW

The Crimson Tide's head coach will guide Alabama fans through the football season on his weekly television show, which is broadcast on stations in Alabama and the southeast. Jim Dunaway of Birmingham's CBS 42 will host the 30 minute TV show which features highlights, interviews and features with Alabama players. Check local listings for the time and station in your area.


From the start of fall practice through the end of the spring sports season, Alabama fans keep up with all sports on "Crimson Tide This Week", a fast-paced 30-minute weekly TV show, hosted by Chris Stewart. Check local listings for the time and station in your area.

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