KREM-TV's Hudson To Call Radio Hoops Action
Oct. 17, 2002
SPOKANE, Wash. - Tom Hudson is no stranger to the Spokane sports scene, but he'll be the new voice on 1510 KGA for all 29 regular-season as well as all post-season radio broadcasts of Gonzaga University men's basketball games this season.
Hudson, a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor for KREM-TV, was officially introduced Thursday morning on 1510 KGA.
Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth, Citadel Communications vice president and general manager Jim Richmond and Brett Sports & Entertainment vice president Dave Pier brought Hudson into the Bulldog basketball broadcast family.
"We are enthusiastic about Tom joining the Bulldog family," Roth said. "He has been an integral part of KREM's coverage of Bulldog basketball the last six years, so he is familiar with the program. He's also aware of the impact the basketball team's success has had on the city of Spokane."
Richmond was equally pleased to bring Hudson into the fold.
"Citadel Communications and KREM-TV already have a very successful interactive on-air partnership," said Richmond. "We are looking forward to having Tom behind our microphone for the Gonzaga broadcasts."
Brett Sports & Entertainment and Citadel Communications are in the second year of a 5-year contract as the radio rights holders for the Bulldogs, and Pier said Hudson is the perfect fit.
"Tom's background covering Bulldog basketball for KREM-TV gives us someone who knows the program and the history behind it," said Pier. "I think Tom is a bright talent. We're especially grateful to KREM-TV for making him available to do Bulldog basketball. It shows a commitment on the part of KREM to bring the best possible Bulldog basketball coverage to not only basketball fans, but to KGA radio and the sports fans of Spokane."
Hudson joined KREM-TV in 1996. Born in Fullerton, Calif., Hudson's family moved to The Woodlands, Texas, north of Houston, at a young age and he remained there throughout high school. He attended Denver University where he received his degree in broadcasting in 1991 and took his first job at KJCT-TV in Grand Junction, Colo. He also did high school football and basketball play-by-play for KEXO radio in Grand Junction, as well as broadcasting work for the Junior College Baseball World Series. He's excited about the new challenge.
"This is the chance every sports broadcaster dreams of," Hudson said. "To get a chance to be directly involved with a Top 25 basketball program at a highly-respected institution of higher education is the best of both worlds. I'm extremely thankful to Mike Roth, Jim Richmond and Dave Pier for putting their trust in me, and to everyone at KREM-TV for allowing me to accept this challenge."
Hudson also has some personal ties to Gonzaga. His wife, the former Kate Derning, graduated from GU in 1997.
The first radio broadcast of the season will be Nov. 22 when the Bulldogs open the regular season at home against Hofstra University.
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