Heister Named Radio Voice Of Zags Men's Basketball

Nov. 1, 2001

SPOKANE, Wash. - Greg Heister was introduced at a Thursday press conference to be the radio voice of Gonzaga University men's basketball this season on News Talk AM 1510 KGA radio.

Heister is the 4:30 p.m. co-anchor and former sports director of KHQ-TV. Gonzaga, Citadel Communications and Brett Sports & Entertainment entered into an agreement to broadcast Bulldogs basketball on 50,000 watt KGA, the largest radio signal in Spokane. All 29 regular-season games and all post-season action can be heard live on KGA.

"I'm extremely pleased to have Greg as our radio voice," Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth said. "We wanted someone who knew us and the community and we've found our man in Greg." Bobby Brett, president of Brett Sports, was equally as impressed with Heister.

"There's no question in my mind Greg is our guy," Brett said. "Greg is excited about it and we're looking forward with great anticipation to getting the season started."

Dave Pier, vice-president of Brett Sports & Entertainment, said Heister is a good fit.

"We're looking forward to Greg calling the games on 50,000 watt KGA. We think he brings great enthusiasm to the broadcast and he'll be popular with the radio listeners of Bulldogs basketball."

Heister will also join forces with KHQ-TV sports director John Fritz to simulcast 12 games this season on KGA and either KHQ-TV or the local PAX station, the latter operated by KHQ. The first simulcast will be the season opener Nov. 16 from the University of Illinois. There will be nine home games simulcast and three from the road.

"I couldn't be happier," Heister said. "When I was offered the opportunity I couldn't say yes fast enough. To be associated with Gonzaga basketball is an honor that I am proud to be a part of. I'm flattered, humbled and excited."

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 currently co-anchors the 4:30 p.m. newscast at KHQ. Heister also produces, writes and narrates "The Sporting Life" adventure series which allows 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.

The 1989 graduate of Ashland College in Ohio 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.

Heister is married to Laura Papetti.



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