Bulldogs, KHQ-TV Announce Television Package

Oct. 15, 2002

,b>SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University athletic director Mike Roth and KHQ-TV general manager Lon Lee on Tuesday announced a 13-game package of men's basketball games to be aired locally on KHQ-TV and PAX-TV.

Greg Heister, who last year was both the television and radio voice of the Bulldogs, will call the television play-by-play action while former Bulldog standout Jeff Brown will provide the television color commentary.

"We said it last year and we'll say it again this year, this is the best television coverage in the history of the program," Roth said. "This is the second year of being on KHQ and PAX, and both seasons they have exceeded the minimum appearances they are bound to in their contract. They believe Bulldog basketball on television is important to not only Gonzaga and Bulldog basketball, but to the Spokane community."

Lee said KHQ and PAX look forward to another successful season.

"We think our broadcasts this year and going to be bigger and better," Lee said. "Greg Heister and Jeff Brown will give us a quality announcing crew. Greg did an excellent job last year, and Jeff's familiarity with Gonzaga University, the basketball program and the city of Spokane speaks for itself. Bulldog basketball is an integral part of our programming philosophy."

Four games will be aired on KHQ-TV - home games against the Saint Joseph's University on Dec. 31, Santa Clara University on Feb. 1 and the University of San Francisco on Feb. 15, as well as the Bulldogs' game Dec. 28 against Stanford University in the Pete Newell Challenge at the Oakland Coliseum.

Nine games will be broadcast on PAX-TV beginning with Gonzaga's regular-season and home opener Nov. 22 against Hofstra University. Seven of the nine games on PAX will be home games, with the road contests Dec. 5 from the University of Montana and Jan. 2 when the Bulldogs visit Portland State University in a game to be played at Memorial Coliseum.

In addition to the men's package, PAX will also televise the Jan. 25 women's game between the Bulldogs and the University of Portland at 3 p.m., the inaugural commercially televised women's game from The Kennel.

Heister, the co-anchor on KHQ-TV's 4:30 p.m. newscast, returns for a second year. He was the sports director at KHQ from 1997-00, then assumed his current role as co-anchor. Prior to coming to Spokane he was the sports director at KIMO-TV in Anchorage, Alaska.

No stranger to Spokane or basketball, Brown and his wife Loriann recently re-located back to Spokane. Brown, the 1994 West Coast Conference Player of the Year, has spent the past four years in southern California in the private business sector. He led the WCC in scoring at 21 ppg and helped the Bulldogs to a 22-8 record, their inaugural WCC regular-season championship and a berth in the National Invitational Tournament. The Bulldogs won their first-round NIT game at Stanford and lost in the second round at Kansas State University in the school's first post-season basketball appearance.

Brown was also an outstanding student, earning GTE/College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-America first-team honors as a junior and senior, and being named the Men's Basketball Academic All-American of the Year as a senior. He was also named one of the Top 50 student-athletes in the history of the WCC last season in honor of the 50th anniversary of the conference.

In addition to the local television package, Gonzaga will also appear on ESPN, ESPN2 or FOX Sports Net a minimum of nine times during the upcoming season, beginning with the Bulldogs' first-round game in the EA Sports Maui Invitational against the University of Utah on Nov. 25 to be televised by ESPN2. If the Bulldogs win the Maui opener, they are guaranteed to be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2 for their remaining two games in the tournament. If they lose the Maui opener, they will only have the one TV appearance in the tourney.

The Bulldogs will make a minimum of three other ESPN appearances - Dec. 17 against North Carolina State University in the Jimmy V Classic in East Rutherford, NJ; Feb. 5 at Pepperdine University on Rivalry Week presented by ESPN and Feb. 22 at home against the University of Tulsa in the new Bracket Busters concept sponsored by ESPN. The Tulsa game will be the second ESPN broadcast from The Kennel in two years, last year's game against Pepperdine televised on ESPN2. One WCC Tournament semifinal as well as the championship game will also be televised by ESPN.

Gonzaga will appear on FOX five times, including Dec. 15 in a battle of Bulldogs when Gonzaga faces the University of Georgia in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Classic from Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Ga., and from The Kennel on Jan. 12 when Pepperdine University visits for a Sunday matinee. The FOX package includes three WCC road games - Jan. 19 at the University of San Francisco, Jan. 24 at the University of Portland and March 1 at the University of San Diego.

"We're are excited about our entire television package for the upcoming season," Roth said. "It'/s possible all but three of our regular-season games will be televised either nationally, regionally or locally. We think this is important for not only Gonzaga, but for our fans."

Roth said the local television exposure in particular benefits the Bulldogs, who are entering a fourth straight sellout season in The Kennel.


KHQ-TV PAX-TV Dec. 28 Stanford 2:30 p.m. Nov. 22 Hofstra 7 p.m. Dec. 31 Saint Joseph's 5 p.m. Dec. 2 Washington 7 p.m. Feb. 1 Santa Clara 5 p.m. Dec. 5 Montana 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15 San Francisco 7 p.m. Dec. 20 Long Beach State 7 p.m. Jan. 2 Portland State 7 p.m. Jan. 9 Loyola Marymount 7 p.m. Jan. 30 San Diego 7 p.m. Feb. 13 Saint Mary's 7 p.m. Feb. 19 Portland 7 p.m.

ESPN/ESPN2 FOX SPORTS Nov. 25 Utah 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15 Georgia 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 North Carolina State 4 p.m. Jan. 12 Pepperdine 1 p.m. Feb. 5 Pepperdine 9 p.m. Jan. 19 San Francisco 1 p.m. Feb. 22 Tulsa 9 p.m. Jan. 24 Portland 7 p.m. Mar. 1 San Diego 6 p.m.





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