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NEW YORK, NY, March 11, 2018 – Westwood One, the largest radio network in the U.S., and the official network radio partner of the NCAA, will tip off its exclusive live coverage of the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm ET. Fans will be able to hear full play-by-play action from all 67 men’s basketball games, including the First Four®, eight first-round and second-round games, plus regional semifinals and finals. In addition, Westwood One will broadcast live coverage of NCAA Men’s Final Four® on Saturday, March 31st, 2018, and the National Championship Game on Monday, April 2nd, in both English and Spanish, from the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Where to Listen
Westwood One’s complete NCAA Men’s tournament coverage can be heard on more than 500 radio stations nationwide and via SiriusXM. All 67 Division I men’s games will also be streamed online for free at NCAA.com/MarchMadness and on westwoodonesports.com. Additionally, the broadcasts will be available for free via the NCAA March Madness Live app, TuneIn.com, and the TuneIn app. New for 2018 is the ability to access live audio, game highlights, and more via the Westwood One Sports Skill on Amazon Alexa.
All-Star Broadcast Team
The trio of Kevin Kugler, Hall of Fame Coach John Thompson, and Clark Kellogg will announce all the action for the Final Four and the National Championship in English. The Spanish-language broadcast will be called by Rafael Hernandez Brito, Greivis Vásquez, and Clemson Smith Muñiz. Kellogg will be doing the Texas Two-Step in San Antonio, simultaneously serving as a studio analyst for both CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ television coverage in addition to Westwood One coverage. Immediately following the pregame show broadcast on the TV set, Kellogg will make his way courtside to the Westwood One radio broadcast position to join Kugler and Thompson to call the game. Then he will rejoin TV for halftime before repeating the process in the second half and postgame.
Jim Gray will serve as courtside reporter; three-time NCAA Player of the Year and Hall of Famer Bill Walton will provide pregame, halftime, and postgame analysis for the Final Four and National Championship.
In addition to Kellogg, Thompson and Walton, Westwood One’s coverage of NCAA March Madness® will also feature a wealth of renowned commentators and analysts including former All-Americans Jim Jackson, Kelly Tripucka, Dan Dickau, and Eric Montross; former SEC Player of the Year Will Perdue; former coaches Mike Montgomery and P.J. Carlesimo; former Big East standouts Donny Marshall and Austin Croshere.
The roster of tournament play-by-play announcers will include Kugler, Gary Cohen, Tom McCarthy, Scott Graham, John Sadak, Ryan Radtke, Brandon Gaudin, Chris Carrino, Jason Benetti, and Ted Emrich.
Jason Horowitz and Jon Crispin will anchor the network coverage from Westwood One’s New York City studios. Brad Heller will anchor Westwood One’s coverage on the satellite, online, and mobile platforms.
Here is Westwood One’s 2018 schedule of NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament broadcasts:
- First Four Doubleheaders: Tuesday, March 13, 6:30 pm ET / Wednesday, March 14, 6:30 pm ET
- First Round Quadrupleheaders: Thursday, March 15, 12 noon ET / Friday, March 16, 12 noon ET
- Second Round Quadrupleheaders: Saturday, March 17, 12 noon ET / Sunday, March 18, 12 noon ET
- Regional Semifinal Doubleheaders: Thursday, March 22, 7:00 pm ET / Friday, March 23, 7:00 pm ET
- Men’s Division II Championship: Saturday, March 24, 2:45 pm ET
- Regional Final Doubleheaders: Saturday, March 24, 6:00 pm ET / Sunday, March 25, 2:00 pm ET
- Men’s Final Four: Saturday, March 31, 4:30 pm ET
- Men’s National Championship: Monday, April 2, 7:30 pm ET
Westwood One will produce an outstanding lineup of college basketball programming including Great Moments in Tournament History, a 60-second daily historical feature, plus one-hour preview shows The NCAA Tournament Today, The Final Four Show, and Championship Monday.
For a complete schedule of games, announcer bios, exclusive audio content, and a list of radio stations airing Westwood One’s broadcast of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, log on to westwoodonesports.com.
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About Westwood One Sports
Westwood One Sports is home to some of the most exciting sports broadcasts on radio. In addition to NCAA Basketball, including the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Tournaments and the Final Four; it is also the exclusive provider of the Frozen Four®, the Men’s Lacrosse Championship, and the Men’s and Women’s College World Series®. In addition, Westwood One has been the exclusive network radio partner to the NFL since 1987. Its other properties include the Masters, the Olympics, the Kentucky Derby, the NHL, The Stanley Cup Final, and more. Westwood One also distributes NBC Sports Radio and CBS Sports Radio 24/7 sports talk. On social media, join the Westwood One Sports community on Facebook at facebook.com/westwoodonesports and Twitter at twitter.com/westwood1sports. For more information, visit www.westwoodonesports.com
About Westwood One
Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media, offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news, and entertainment content to 245 million listeners each week across an audio network of 8,000 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio broadcast network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, the Olympics, Westwood One Backstage, the GRAMMYs, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and the Billboard Music Awards. The rapidly growing Westwood One Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities, and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening. For more information please visit www.westwoodone.com.
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create greater opportunities for nearly half a million student-athletes each year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. More than 54,000 student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by competing in NCAA championships each year. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola as official corporate champions and the following elite companies as official corporate partners: Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Google Cloud, Infiniti, Intel, Lowe’s, Marriott International, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.
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