ALL-STAR BROADCAST TEAM
FOR SUPER BOWL XLV
–– Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone,
James Lofton, Jim Gray and Scott Graham –
––– Multi-Platinum Country Trio Lady Antebellum Kicks Off Coverage
with a Special Version of Their Song “Stars Tonight” —
New York, NY – January 31, 2011 – Westwood One (NASDAQ: WWON), the exclusive network radio home of the National Football League (NFL), is proud to announce the all-star broadcast team for Super Bowl XLV featuring: Kevin Harlan, Boomer Esiason, Mark Malone, James Lofton, Jim Gray and Scott Graham. Super Bowl XLV airs live from the Cowboys Stadium in North Texas on Sunday, February 6, 2011 as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers. Super Bowl XLV will be heard on over 650 radio stations across America.
Beginning at 5:00 p.m. ET, the Monday Night Football broadcast team of Kevin Harlan and Boomer Esiason will call their first Super Bowl together. Hall of Fame Packers receiver James Lofton will patrol the Green Bay sidelines and former Steelers quarterback Mark Malone will report from the Pittsburgh sidelines. Jim Gray hosts the pregame and halftime shows, as well as provides interviews and insight from athletes and celebrities in attendance, and Scott Graham kicks off the coverage hosting Super Bowl Preview at 3:00 p.m. ET, followed by Super Sunday at 4:00 p.m. ET. Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Irvin will also contribute to the Westwood One Super Bowl pregame show.
GRAMMY award winning trio Lady Antebellum will kick off Westwood One’s coverage of Super Sunday with a special version of their song “Stars Tonight” mixed together with highlights of the Green Bay Packers’ and Pittsburgh Steelers’ seasons as they continue their quest for the Vince Lombardi trophy. The reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group of the Year’s current album NEED YOU NOW has spawned three consecutive number one hits and was recently certified TRIPLE PLATINUM bringing the group to a career total of over five million albums sold. In addition, Westwood One’s Super Bowl game broadcast will kick off live from Cowboys Stadium with a special rendition of Little Engine Records recording artist, Sean Patrick McGraw’s song “Git Yer Cowboy On”, off his current EP My So Called Life.
“They say everything is bigger in Texas, and this Super Bowl matchup may just prove them right,” said Howard Deneroff, Executive Producer and SVP of Westwood One Sports. “The Packers and the Steelers are two of the most storied franchises in sports, and our all-star broadcast crew is eagerly anticipating kickoff and bringing all the excitement of Super Sunday to millions of listeners nationwide, and to our troops overseas.”
Super Bowl XLV will also be heard on American Forces Radio Network which provides programming to America’s military forces around the globe. The American Forces Radio Network serves over one million men and women in uniform, Department of Defense personnel, American Embassies and Consulates in over 175 countries and territories as well as on more than 250 U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and Military Sealift Command ships at sea. In addition, Westwood One’s Super Bowl broadcast will also be heard on nfl.com/fieldpass for the first time. Fans looking for the station in their area airing the broadcast can visit www.westwoodone.com/superbowl. The website will feature a nationwide station finder and announcer bios from Westwood One’s broadcast crew.
As the exclusive radio partner of the NFL, the Westwood One 2010 NFL broadcast schedule features 58 national games, including: the Hall of Fame game, Opening Kickoff game, 17 Monday Night games, including one doubleheader, 17 Sunday Night games, 8 Thursday and Saturday Night games (including Thanksgiving Night), Thanksgiving Day doubleheader, 12 Postseason games, including the NFL Playoffs, the AFC and NFC Championship Games, the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl and Super Bowl XLV in North Texas. Westwood One also delivers specialty programs, including: The NFL Today, NFL Preview, NFL Insider, NFL Sunday, and NFL Fantasy Football Forecast.
Westwood One is the leader in play-by-play sports broadcasts on radio. Westwood One’s lineup includes regular and post season NFL football, including the playoffs and the Super Bowl; NCAA Football and Basketball including “March Madness” and the Final Four; College World Series; Frozen Four; the Masters; the Olympics; The Robert Wuhl Show; Westwood One Sports Prep and more.
About Westwood One
Westwood One (NASDAQ: WWON) is one of the nation’s largest providers of network radio programming and one of the largest domestic providers of traffic information in the U.S. Westwood One serves more than 5,000 radio and 165 TV stations in the U.S. Westwood One provides over 150 news, sports, music, talk and entertainment programs, features and live events to numerous media partners. Through its Metro Traffic business, Westwood One provides traffic reporting and local news, sports and weather to more than 2,250 radio and TV stations. Westwood One also provides digital and other cross-platform delivery of its Network Radio and Metro Traffic content to over 700 radio, television and newspaper affiliates.
WESTWOOD ONE SUPER BOWL BROADCAST TEAM
Kevin Harlan, in his first season as the full-time voice of Monday Night Football on Westwood One, will make his Super Bowl debut on radio. Harlan previously called Super Bowl XXXV for CBS HDTV and also currently calls play-by-play for CBS Sports’ coverage of both the NFL and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Harlan joined CBS Sports in 1998 as an NFL play-by-play announcer, after having served in the same capacity for Fox Sports since 1994. This was his 26th consecutive season broadcasting the NFL and with his additional role as play-by-play announcer for the NBA on TNT, this also marked his 23rd season broadcasting the NBA. Harlan spent nine seasons (1985-93) as the voice of the Kansas City Chiefs and was the voice of the Minnesota Timberwolves for nine seasons as well. Harlan also called the Final Four on Westwood One from 2003-2007.
Boomer Esiason, the lead analyst for Westwood One’s coverage of the NFL, has been part of the Monday Night Football broadcast team for more than a decade and this marks his 11th Super Bowl broadcast for the network, and 12th overall. Esiason co-host’s The NFL Today for CBS Sports and also served as the Monday Night Football analyst for ABC Sports for two seasons before joining Westwood One. Boomer also spends mornings co-hosting a daily radio show on WFAN in New York, and co-hosts NFL Preview with Scott Graham each week on Westwood One as well. Prior to embarking on a broadcasting career, Esiason was one of the most prolific quarterbacks in NFL history. He spent 14 years in the NFL and quarterbacked the Cincinnati Bengals to Super Bowl XXIII. In 1988, Esiason was named NFL MVP by the Pro Football Writers of America and the Associated Press.
Mark Malone, analyst for Westwood One’s Sunday afternoon NFL package, will be working his third consecutive Super Bowl for the network. Malone, who also hosts NFL Insider each week for Westwood One, will patrol the sidelines at Cowboys Stadium. Malone is most well known for the decade he spent with ESPN, where he hosted many NFL shows including NFL Tonight, Edge NFL Match-up and Monday Night Countdown. Prior to joining Westwood One, he served as Sports Director for WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he garnered four Emmys for his work. Malone, an All-American quarterback at Arizona State and first-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers, played for 10 years in the NFL, quarterbacking the Steelers to the 1984 AFC Championship Game.
James Lofton, analyst for Sunday Night Football on Westwood One, will work his fourth Super Bowl for Westwood One as sideline reporter, previously having served in that capacity for Super Bowls XXXV, XXXVI and XLIV. In between broadcasting stints, Lofton coached with the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders for seven years before rejoining the network last season. He was the No. 1 draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1978, beginning a long career as an NFL wide receiver. In 16 seasons playing for Green Bay, the Los Angeles Raiders, Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, and the Philadelphia Eagles, Lofton caught 764 passes for 14,004 yards, which was the most in NFL history at the time of his retirement. In 13 playoff games, Lofton caught 41 passes for 759 yards and eight touchdowns, including a seven-reception game in Super Bowl XXVI. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
Jim Gray, host of the network’s Monday Night Football pre-game and halftime shows since 2001, will fulfill the same sole for the Super Bowl, his 10th with the network. Gray also serves as a reporter for Westwood One’s coverage of the Final Four, and The Masters. Additionally, Gray covers boxing for Showtime, is a contributor to the Golf Channel, and also has served as a courtside reporter for the NBA on CBS, NBC, ABC and most recently ESPN. Gray’s numerous other credits include: seven Olympic Games, 23 Masters, 13 Super Bowls, seven World Series and 15 NBA Finals. Gray has won eight Emmy Awards and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Scott Graham, the pregame, halftime and postgame host for the network’s Sunday NFL coverage, will be working his second straight Super Bowl for Westwood One. Graham has spent over twenty years as a radio and television sportscaster including play-by-play for both the NFL and NFL Europe on FOX. On the radio side, Graham served as the play-by-play voice of the Philadelphia Phillies for eight seasons from 1999-2006. For nearly a decade prior to that, he hosted the pregame and postgame shows for the Phillies on CBS Radio in Philadelphia. Since 2003, Graham has narrated a variety of programs, commercials, and features produced by NFL Films. His voice has most often been heard on NFL Game of the Week, in weekly game previews on NFL.com, and in various season highlight films for NFL teams. He also currently co-hosts Westwood One’s weekly feature program, NFL Preview with Boomer Esiason.