Spokane Stations To Televise 11 Hoops Games

Nov. 20, 2003

SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University men's basketball will be televised 11 times this year on Spokane-affiliated stations beginning with Friday's home opener with the University of Idaho.

KHQ-TV/PAX-TV in Spokane will televise nine games, while KAYU-TV in Spokane, KFFX in the Tri-Cities and KCYU in Yakima will televise both Gonzaga games from the BB&T Tournament in Washington, D.C.

KHQ/PAX is in its third year of bringing Gonzaga basketball to the Inland Northwest, and this year the station has expanded its coverage with a live pre-game show. The pre-game show will air 30 minutes prior to tipoff for all games originated by KHQ/PAX.

KHQ's Greg Heister returns for his third season as the television voice of Bulldog basketball, while analysts Jeff Brown and Craig Ehlo are both back for their second season. Brown is a 1994 Gonzaga graduate and West Coast Conference Player of the Year, while Ehlo is a former Washington State University standout and 14-year NBA veteran who resides in Spokane.

"We're excited about our third season with the Bulldogs," KHQ general manager Lon Lee said. "We think the pre-game show will make the broadcast even bigger and better. There's no place like the atmosphere in The Kennel, and we're going to bring it right into the living room of the fans."

The KHQ/PAX broadcasts begin with the 6:30 p.m. pre-game show on Friday when the Bulldogs meet the Vandals for the first time in three seasons, the game to be televised on PAX - channel 8 on most Comcast cable systems in the Spokane area and channel 34 on the UHF dial. Monday's game with the University of Denver will also be broadcast on PAX beginning with the 6:30 p.m. pre-game show.

In addition to six games from The Kennel, three road games will also be brought back to Spokane. Gonzaga's game Dec. 20 against Stanford University in the Pete Newell Challenge in Oakland will be televised on KHQ-TV off a feed from the College Sports Television Network (CSTV). KHQ will also bring back Gonzaga's game at Saint Mary's College on Feb. 14 through an arrangement with CSTV. The Bulldogs Jan. 29 game from the University of San Diego will also be aired in Spokane on PAX with Heister, Brown and Ehlo calling the action.

KAYU-TV, the Spokane FOX affiliate with sister stations in the Tri-Cities and Yakima, received the rights for Gonzaga's two games in Washington, D.C. The Bulldogs open the BB&T Tournament against the University of Maryland on Dec. 6 at noon PST, then face either George Washington University of West Virginia University on Dec. 7 at either noon or 3 p.m. PST depending on which game the Bulldogs are playing. The consolation game is the first game, the championship game the second contest.

"We are thrilled for the opportunity to bring Gonzaga basketball to the fans of Spokane and central Washington," said Rick Andrycha, programming and operations manager of KAYU. "We jumped at the chance when it was presented to us."

KAYU-TV will take the broadcast that will originate on Raycom Sports.

"This is the best television exposure Gonzaga has ever had," Bulldog athletic director Mike Roth said. "We'll have 26 regular-season games televised either locally, regionally or nationally. I think that speaks highly for our program, and with virtually all of our games sold out, this gives fans who can't get tickets a chance to still follow the Bulldogs."

It was announced earlier this fall that 15 games would be televised regionally or nationally on FOX Sports, ESPN or ESPN2.

The KHQ/PAX broadcasts will include the following games:
November - 21 vs. Idaho, 6:30 p.m. (PAX); 24 vs. Denver, 6:30 p.m. (PAX).
December - 20 vs. Stanford @ Oakland, Calif., 6 p.m. (KHQ); 31 vs. Eastern Washington, 4:20 p.m. (KHQ).
January - 4 vs. Montana, 4:30 p.m. (KHQ); 15 - vs. San Francisco, 6:30 p.m. (PAX); 29 at San Diego, 6:30 p.m. (PAX).
February - 7 vs. Loyola Marymount, 6:30 p.m. (KHQ); 14 at Saint Mary's, 7 p.m. (KHQ).



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