July 22, 2013
PITTSBURGH -- The 2013 Pitt football radio team will feature three returning veterans and a key new recruit for the Panthers' inaugural season in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Back in the broadcast booth this fall will be legendary play-by-play man Bill Hillgrove, color analyst Pat Bostick and pregame host/sideline reporter Gregg Giannotti. The trio will be joined by one of Pittsburgh's most recognized broadcasters, Larry Richert, who will join pre- and postgame coverage as well as in-game reporting.
Host of the venerable KDKA Morning News Show (1020 AM) since 2001, Richert's broadcasting career spans nearly 35 years in both radio and television. He previously worked Pitt football radio broadcasts for four seasons as a producer in the 1980s.
"The best radio team in college football just got even better with the addition of Larry Richert," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said. "Larry is one of the most respected broadcasters in the state and we're ecstatic to add him to Pitt football Saturdays. He will be an outstanding complement to the great work that Bill, Pat and Gregg already do on behalf of the Panthers."
"Larry Richert is a pro's pro," Hillgrove said. "He did a fine job in his stint with the Pitt Football Network as a game day producer. We look forward to bringing his many on-air talents to the broadcasts in 2013."
"The proud tradition of University of Pittsburgh football runs deep in my family," Richert said. "Remembering my days as the producer of the broadcasts in the mid-eighties, I never dreamed I'd be joining the team again with Bill Hillgrove on the eve of this historic season. I am grateful for this opportunity and can't wait for September 2."
Led by 50,000-watt flagship station Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM) in Pittsburgh, Pitt football games are broadcast on the Pitt IMG Sports Network, a loyal network of stations that spans the Commonwealth.
Known to fans nationwide as the "Voice of the Panthers," Hillgrove will handle football play-by-play duties for the 40th consecutive year. A recipient of the prestigious Chris Schenkel Award for excellence in college football broadcasting, Hillgrove began his association with the Panthers in 1969 doing play-by-play for Pitt basketball. In total, he has been broadcasting Pitt sports for 44 years.
Bostick enters his third year as color analyst. The former Pitt quarterback - who still owns folk-hero status for helping the Panthers knock off West Virginia, 13-9, in 2007 - makes a tremendous impression on listeners with his keen insight and analysis. He is also a frequent college football contributor on 93.7 The Fan.
In his second year working Pitt football broadcasts, Giannotti is a host of The Fan Morning Show on KDKA-FM and also serves as a weekend host for CBS Sports Radio. Arriving in Pittsburgh in 2010, he has quickly established himself as one of the market's most popular and informative sports voices. He will continue to serve Pitt broadcasts as a pregame host, sideline reporter and postgame contributor.
Football radio coverage on the Pitt IMG Sports Network includes:
A three-hour pregame show (first hour on 93.7 The Fan and the last two on the entire Pitt IMG Sports Network).
"Panther Reaction," a call-in show on 93.7 The Fan following postgame coverage.
The "Paul Chryst Show" airing live on most Wednesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. Coach Chryst previews the upcoming game and takes questions from callers listening on many of the same Pitt IMG Sports Network affiliates that carry Panthers' game broadcasts.
The 2013 season marks the fourth for Pitt's partnership with CBS Radio Pittsburgh and its flagship, Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan. Beyond game broadcasts, the station airs a wide array of weekly programming focusing on the Panthers' sports scene throughout the year.
The current the Pitt IMG Sports Network lineup of football stations includes:
Altoona (WFBG-AM 1290)
Altoona (WVAM-AM 1430)
Ambridge (WMBA-AM 1460)
Beaver Falls (WBVP-AM 1230)
Bedford (WBFD-AM 1310)
Butler (WBUT-AM 1050)
Butler (WISR-AM 680)
Central City (WCCL-FM 101.7)
Connellsville (WLSW-FM 103.9)
DuBois (WCED-AM 1420)
DuBois (WCED-FM 107.9)
Erie (WRIE-FM 107.9)
Erie (WRIE-AM 1260)
Harrisburg (WTKT-AM 1460)
Indiana (WCCS-AM 1160)
Johnstown (WCRO-AM 1230)
Latrobe (WQTW-AM 1570)
Meyersdale/Somerset (WQZS-FM 93.3)
Oil City (WKQW-AM 1120)
Pittsburgh (KDKA-FM 93.7)
Rockton (WCED-FM 96.7)
Uniontown (WMBS-AM 590)
York (WOYK-AM 1350)
Game broadcasts are also available on "Panther All-Access" (via PittsburghPanthers.com) and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
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