July 13, 2011
PITTSBURGH - Pitt football fans not only have an exciting new style of play to watch on the field this year, they will also have a new broadcast tandem to call the action on radio.
Former quarterback Pat Bostick, who was under center for some of the Panthers' most stirring victories in recent years, will join Bill Hillgrove in the booth to form Pitt's new radio duo for the 2011 season.
Bostick was a three-year letterman for Pitt (2007-08, 2010) and quarterbacked the Panthers to such memorable victories as their 13-9 upset of West Virginia in 2007 and 36-33 quadruple-overtime win at Notre Dame in 2008. An honors graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, he earned his bachelor's degree in just three years and is currently pursuing his master's degree in Pitt's School of Education.
In addition to game day, Bostick will have a weekly guest segment on the Panthers' flagship station, Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan, to discuss all things Pitt football. He will also continue his work as a regular columnist for the Pitt website (PittsburghPanthers.com) and the official athletic department newspaper Panther Eyes.
"Anyone who watched Pat's work during our spring game telecast can tell he is a broadcast star in the making," said Pitt senior associate athletic director for media relations E.J. Borghetti. "His football knowledge is immense. Just as important, he has a real talent for breaking down the intricacies of the game and effectively explaining it to the audience. Pat is going to add an exceptional amount to our various media platforms that promote Pitt football this year."
Bostick replaces Bill Fralic, who stepped down after serving the past seven seasons as Pitt's radio analyst.
"Bill and I had been talking the past several months about his plans for the upcoming year and he recently let me know of his decision to step away," Borghetti said. "On behalf of the Pitt football program, I'd like to thank him for his tremendous contributions to our broadcast team the past seven years. He is not only a valued professional colleague but also a good friend and passionate Pitt man. He already told me we can still count on him being a regular at Heinz Field this fall."
"I've greatly enjoyed the opportunity to work Pitt football radio broadcasts the past seven years," Fralic said. "It has been an honor to call the games with Bill Hillgrove, who is truly the best in the broadcast business as well as a dear friend. I'm excited for Pat Bostick, who has made Pitt very proud on and off the field. I know he will do a great job on the air. Although I'm stepping away from the booth, I will certainly continue to follow the Panthers very closely and wish Coach Todd Graham and the team the very best this year."
"I am thoroughly honored to be the new color analyst for Pitt football," Bostick said. "My passion for the University of Pittsburgh and Pitt football will be reflected in my diligence and dedication to helping provide an insightful, entertaining and enjoyable radio broadcast for Panther fans.
"I want to wish the very best to Bill Fralic, who I have enjoyed getting to know during my time at Pitt," Bostick continued. "He is a true Pitt legend who did a great job calling our games. I'm honored to be joining another legend, Bill Hillgrove, in the booth. Working with him this spring was a great privilege and I am very fortunate to be teaming with such an accomplished and iconic broadcaster. I am excited about the upcoming season and incredibly grateful for this wonderful opportunity."
While Bostick will be entering his first season in the radio booth, Hillgrove begins his 38th year as the "Voice of the Panthers" and 42nd overall doing Pitt football broadcasts.
"I will always maintain great respect for Bill Fralic's knowledge of the game, his sense of fairness and his passion for Pitt," Hillgrove said. "While I will miss his presence in the booth, I will always treasure the opportunity to be his partner for the time we worked together. Pat Bostick brings the same passion for the game and for this great university. His knowledge of the current team and its many personalities is something that will assure the Panther Nation of continued fun on Saturdays in the fall."
"Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan is extremely excited about the upcoming Pitt football season," said Michael Young, Senior Vice President and Pittsburgh Market Manager for CBS Radio Pittsburgh. "The addition of former Panther Pat Bostick to the radio broadcast team will provide Pitt football fans with an entertaining and in-depth knowledge of Coach Todd Graham's new high-octane style of football."
The 2011 season marks the highly anticipated debut of the Todd Graham coaching era at Pitt. Graham comes to Pittsburgh after an exceptional tenure at Tulsa, where in four years he had three 10-win campaigns and three bowl victories.
He compiled a 36-17 overall record with the Golden Hurricane, including a 10-3 mark last year that was highlighted by a 28-27 victory at Notre Dame and 62-35 win over nationally ranked Hawai'i in the Sheraton Hawai'i Bowl. Tulsa finished No. 24 in the final Associated Press poll.
Pitt finished with an 8-5 overall record in 2010 and earned a share of the Big East championship with a 5-2 league mark. The Panthers closed the campaign with a 27-10 victory over Kentucky in the BBVA Compass Bowl.
Season-ticket packages are currently on sale for as low as $116 and can be purchased online (PittsburghPanthers.com), by phone (800/643-PITT) or in person at the Petersen Events Center ticket office.
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