Media notebook: WWLS-AM 640 switches to ESPN Radio full time

The station will continue to carry OKC Thunder broadcasts.
by Mel Bracht Published: March 29, 2012

CBS has added Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, Butler coach Brad Stevens and Marquette coach Buzz Williams to the set for “The Final Four Show,” 2-4 p.m. Saturday. They will join host Greg Gumbel and analysts Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Seth Davis. Kansas star Thomas Robinson, who within a month's time last year lost two grandparents and his mother, will be profiled. Jim Rome will interview Kentucky coach John Calipari and Louisville coach Rick Pitino.

Jim Nantz will calls his 27th Final Four, working with Clark Kellogg for the fourth time and Steve Kerr for the second time. Tracy Wolfson will be the reporter.

Former Connecticut star Rebecca Lobo will serve as a sideline analyst for ESPN's coverage of the Women's Final Four. Doris Burke will be the main analyst, working play-by-play will be announcer Dave O'Brien and the reporter will be Holly Rowe.

Short takes

— Sunday night's Heat-Thunder telecast was ESPN's most-watched NBA telecast with 3.5 million viewers. The 2.6 final rating was the second-highest-rated game on the network this season.

— The third season of “SportsCenter Special: Gruden's QB Camp” debuts at 6 p.m. Friday on ESPN with a 30-minute show highlighting Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the projected No. 1 draft pick. Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III will be featured at 8 p.m. Monday. Jon Gruden is conducting one-on-one sessions with 10 top quarterbacks, including OSU's Brandon Weeden.

— ESPN's new “Sunday Night Baseball” team — Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, Terry Francona and reporter Buster Olney — will open the season by calling four games in five days, The string begins with St. Louis at Miami at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Boston at Detroit at noon Thursday, Kansas City at L.A. Angels at 9 p.m. Friday and Chicago White Sox at Texas at 7 p.m. Sunday.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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