Heister, Brown Return To TV Broadcasts
Oct. 25, 2004
SPOKANE, Wash. - While fans may need a program for the many new faces on the Gonzaga University men's basketball roster, such will not be the case when it comes to the television announcers for the upcoming 2005 season on the KHQ-TV/FSN broadcasts.
Greg Heister and Jeff Brown will provide the play-by-play and color commentary, respectively, this season. Gonzaga, KHQ-TV in Spokane and FSN in Seattle announced a 4-year agreement last spring that will bring all Gonzaga games not broadcast on another entity to fans in the Pacific Northwest. The complete schedule will be announced soon.
Heister returns for his fourth season behind the microphone calling Gonzaga University men's basketball action on Spokane's KHQ-TV, and Brown will be in his third season.
"We're excited to have Greg and Jeff bringing Gonzaga basketball into the living rooms of Bulldog fans again this season," KHQ-TV president Lon Lee said. "We think they bring high energy to the broadcasts as well as possessing an outstanding knowledge of Bulldog basketball." Mark Shuken, vice president and general manager of FSN, also welcomed Heister and Brown to the FSN family through the agreement with Gonzaga and KHQ.
"I've heard nothing but positives about the job Greg and Jeff have done to bring the flavor of Gonzaga basketball to the viewing audience," Shuken said. "We're looking forward to having them bring that same excitement into the homes of the FSN audience."
Under the terms of the agreement, KHQ will maintain exclusivity in all areas where KHQ is broadcast, while FSN will guarantee coverage in the Seattle market for every game, and several games will be broadcast in the five-state FSN region of Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska. Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said the duo have achieved an identity with Gonzaga basketball telecasts.
"We had no qualms with bringing Greg and Jeff back to do our games," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "They know Gonzaga basketball, our coaches and our players, and that only adds to the quality of the broadcasts. From the feedback we've received, the viewers also enjoy watching them."
Heister is no stranger to the Spokane sports scene. From 1997-00 he was the sports director at KHQ-TV, reporting, producing and anchoring sportscasts for the top-rated 5, 6 and 11 o'clock newscasts. He moved from sports to co-anchor the 4:30 p.m. newscast at KHQ, and he also produced, wrote and narrated "The Sporting Life" adventure series, which allowed him to hunt, fish and adventure the Pacific Northwest and bring those stories back to the KHQ-TV newscast viewer.
Prior to his arrival in Spokane he was the sports director at KIMO-TV in Anchorage, Alaska. He produced, reported and anchored the 6 and 10 o'clock sportscasts. Upon his arrival in Anchorage in 1989 he worked for ESPN for two years on the show "Alaska Wide World of Sports." Among his duties was producing and writing an hour-long show on Alaska sports twice a year.
The 1989 graduate of Ashland College in Ohio got his start in the profession as a sports producer for WJW in Cleveland, assisting in the organizing and development of the 6 and 11 o'clock sportscasts.
He has won three Emmy Awards, twice for producing, writing and narrating Iditarod documentaries and the other for a fly-fishing series. He has been nominated for eight Emmy Awards.
No stranger to Spokane or basketball, Brown and his wife Loriann re-located back to Spokane after spending the 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.
Craig Ehlo, the third member of the broadcast team the past two seasons, has joined FSN as an analyst for 71 Seattle SuperSonics telecasts this season.
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