NFL on Westwood One From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia The NFL on Westwood One is the brand name given to weekly National Football League games carried on the radio over the Westwood One network. Westwood One's package includes two weekly Sunday afternoon games, the Sunday Night Football game, the Monday Night Football game, the Thanksgiving Day games, late-season Saturday games, all Thursday night games (beginning in 2006), the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, all playoff games, the Super Bowl, and the Pro Bowl. These games are distributed throughout the United States and Canada, but blacked out in the markets of the competing teams. Contents [hide] 1 Relationship to CBS 2 NFL on Westwood One doubleheader 2.1 Broadcast teams 3 Sunday Night Football 3.1 Pregame 3.2 Play-by-play 3.3 Color commentary 4 Monday Night Football 4.1 Buck and Stram 4.2 David, Millen and Esiason 4.3 Albert and Esiason 4.4 Pregame and halftime show host 4.5 Spanish language 5 Run to the Playoffs (Thursday Night/Saturday Night Football) 6 Playoff coverage 7 Other broadcasters who work or have worked on The NFL on Westwood One 8 Availability 9 External links Relationship to CBS Currently, Westwood One is managed and part-owned by CBS Radio. As such, there is often synergy between the NFL on Westwood One and its sister outlet, the NFL on CBS. The theme music for Westwood One's pro football coverage is "Posthumus Zone" by E.S. Posthumus, the same as that used on the NFL on CBS television coverage (Westwood One's sports coverage has always used the appropriate CBS television theme for their sport where applicable). Some personnel is shared between the two units; for instance, [Don Criqui]] calls select Sunday afternoon games throughout the first several weeks of the season on CBS and then switches [[Run to the Playoffs|Thursday/Saturday Night Football]. Boomer Esiason, who is an analyst for The NFL Today, calls color commentary on Monday Night Football (and will often advertise these games on The NFL Today as "the Monday night game on Westwood One"); conversely, Steve Tasker, a color commentator for CBS's Sunday afternoon coverage, serves as an analyst on Westwood One shows.
The coverage carried the CBS Radio Sports tag (both with and without "Westwood One") for many years before switching to Westwood One.  NFL on Westwood One doubleheader Each week, Westwood One features two games from the Sunday afternoon lineup (one of the 1:00 games and one of the 4:00 games, respectively). See also: Doubleheader (television)  Broadcast teams Harry Kalas and Bill Rosinski are the play-by-play men for the Westwood One Sunday doubleheader. Mark Champion subs for Kalas when the latter's broadcasting commitments with the Philadelphia Phillies conflict with his Westwood One duties. Kalas is joined by color commentator and former Steelers quarterback and ESPN analyst Mark Malone for 2008, his fourth different analyst in as many years; Rosinski is paired with former Giants, Broncos, and Falcons coach Dan Reeves for the third consecutive
season. The pregame and halftime shows of all NFL broadcasts are hosted by Tommy Tighe.  Sunday Night Football  Pregame Westwood One's coverage of Sunday Night Football begins with their weekly NFL recap show, NFL Sunday, at 7:30 p.m. Their regular pregame show begins at 8 p.m. and runs until kickoff. For the 2006 season, NBC co-produced NFL Sunday and turned it into an abbreviated radio version of its Football Night in America TV pregame, complete with the John Williams composed Sunday Night Football theme song. Al Trautwig started the season as host of the show, but was replaced by Scott Graham in the middle of the season.  Play-by-play Prior to 1996, the play-by-play role for CBS Radio Sports' coverage of Sunday Night Football was filled by broadcasting veteran Howard David. That season, David was promoted by the network to the Monday Night Football game, and CBS Radio replaced him with (at the time) former Dallas Cowboys announcer Brad Sham, who had worked at the network in the past (and still does today) as a secondary play-by-play man. After the 1997 season, Sham returned to the Cowboys. The network hired Joel Meyers to replace him, and he would hold the position through the end of the 2005 season. Dave Sims is the current voice of Sunday Night Football, replacing Meyers permanently after subbing for him when his other broadcasting endeavors, including play-by-play for the Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, and Big 12 Conference college football on Fox Sports Net, rendered him unavailable. Prior to that, Sims was one of two main broadcasters on the featured doubleheader earlier on Sunday.  Color commentary When Howard David was in the booth, he split the season between two color commentators, John Dockery and Pat Haden. Dockery did the first half, while Haden would come in after his TNT television responsibilities were over. Other color commentators include Bob Trumpy, who served as Sunday Night Football analyst from 2000-2004 and again from 2006-2007, and John Riggins, who was the color man for the 2005 season. Jim Fassel replaced Trumpy for the 2008 season; originally Fassel was scheduled to work alongside Harry Kalas on the doubleheader coverage as he had in 2007.  Monday Night Football The radiocast of Monday Night Football is Westwood One's flagship NFL broadcast, and its broadcast team is regarded as Westwood One's lead team, calling all the important postseason games and the Super Bowl.  Buck and Stram For many years, the CBS Radio/Westwood One coverage of Monday Night Football was anchored by Jack Buck (beginning in 1978), with former Kansas City Chiefs coach Hank Stram alongside him in the color position. They stayed paired together for nearly every major game covered by the network, in two separate stints with the network (from 1978 until Super Bowl XIX in early 1985 (when NBC Radio took over the broadcasting rights), and then from 1987 until Super Bowl XXX in early 1996.)  David, Millen and Esiason In 1996, Stram and Buck were replaced by Howard David and Matt Millen, with David moving from the Sunday Night Football broadcast and Millen moving into the booth from the pregame show. These two were joined by former ABC Monday Night Football color man Boomer Esiason in 2000; the following year Millen left to take a job as president of the Detroit Lions, a position he has been fired from since.  Albert and Esiason After calling through the 2001 season and calling Super Bowl XXXVI, Howard David left to work the Miami Dolphins' local radio broadcasts for the 2002 season; he has since joined the Sports USA Radio Network. Marv Albert became the play-by-play voice for Monday Night Football on Westwood One. He continues in that role to this day. Esiason remains as principal color commentator. Dave Sims substitutes when Albert's other broadcasting duties (principally The NBA on TNT) conflict with his Monday Night Football schedule; in situations like these, as well as when Sims' other broadcasting endeavors (namely his Seattle Mariners duties) keep him from calling Sunday Night Football, Albert will call the Sunday night game instead. Since Boomer Esiason has worked on the The NFL Today, he and Marv Albert have become the exclusive voices for Westwood One's coverage of the AFC Championship Game in years when The NFL Today travels to the site of the game (something it has not done since the 2006 game in Denver). In order to do both of his jobs, Esiason uses a wireless microphone to call the end of each half so he can save time in getting from the broadcast booth to the field, where the show's set typically is. If The NFL Today chooses not to travel to the game site, Esiason stays behind in New York with the other studio hosts. To compensate, Albert either calls the game alongside another analyst (as he did with Sam Wyche in 2007) or not at all (which happened in 2008). After his hiring at WFAN to be its morning drive-time show host, Esiason also has elected to skip certain Monday night games that would interfere with his duties there (i.e., not enough time to get back to New York to do the show). In cases like these Albert calls the game along with a rotating guest analyst.  Pregame and halftime show host The pregame and halftime shows are hosted by Jim Gray, who has held the job since 2004. As of 2008 there is no sideline reporter for Monday Night Football.  Spanish language In 2005, Westwood One carried an alternate Spanish-language feed featuring Clemson Smith-Muniz as
play-by-play host and David Crommett as commentator. Those broadcasts have moved to United Stations Radio Networks.  Run to the Playoffs (Thursday Night/Saturday Night Football) With the NFL adding late season Thursday and Saturday night games to its slate in 2006 (as well as consolidating its Saturday action into one game), Westwood One has added the Run to the Playoffs games to its coverage. For Thursday Night Football Ian Eagle and Dennis Green are the broadcast team for 2008. Eagle replaces Dick Enberg, who was Westwood One's Thursday night voice for 2006 and 2007. The sideline reporter is Hub Arkush who is the editor/publisher of Pro Football Weekly. For Saturday Night Football Don Criqui and John Dockery are the broadcast team for 2008.  Playoff coverage For the first two rounds of the playoffs, often the regular broadcast teams for Westwood One are mixed, due to Boomer Esiason's unavailability. During the wild card and divisional weekends, there are four games, therefore four separate crews are needed. Some of the other established crews call the less-popular games. For instance, in 2007, Dick Enberg and Dennis Green (from the Thursday night crew), called one of the wild card games. The only time the teams may be together is for the Conference Championship Games and the Super Bowl. Marv Albert and Boomer Esiason sometimes call the AFC Championship Game, while Dave Sims and Bob Trumpy will call the NFC Championship Game, or the AFC Championship if the #1 team does not work that game. In addition, Albert and Esiason call the Super Bowl. In 2008, this proved not to be the case. Westwood One employed every single one of its football play-by-play broadcasters except for Harry Kalas, and for the most part the teams worked together, though Albert and Esiason only called the Super Bowl together.  Other broadcasters who work or have worked on The NFL on Westwood One Kenny Albert Jeff Bostic Mark Champion Mike Ditka (pregame analysis) Bob Fitzgerald Jack Ham Jack Lambert Wayne Larrivee James Lofton John Madden (occasional pregame work in early 1990s) Bob Papa Allen Pinkett Tony Roberts Ted Robinson John Rooney Rick "Doc" Walker 2006 Thursday night: Sam Wyche 2007 pairings Monday Night Football: Marv Albert, Boomer Esiason and Jim Gray Thursday night: Dick Enberg, Dennis Green, Bonnie Bernstein Saturday night: Don Criqui, John Dockery and Tommy Tighe Sunday Night Football: Dave Sims, Bob Trumpy and Tommy Tighe Sunday afternoon doubleheaders: Bill Rosinski & Dan Reeves Sunday afternoon doubleheaders: Harry Kalas & Jim Fassel; Tommy Tighe Thanksgiving Classic Mark Champion & Kevin Kiley (Detroit); Rosinski & Reeves (Dallas) Playoffs : (announcers call one of each weekend's games) Super Bowl XLII: Marv Albert, Boomer Esiason, John Dockery, Kevin Kiley and Jim Gray Pro Bowl: Dave Sims, Boomer Esiason  Availability During the Conference Championship round, and Super Bowl, most affiliate radio stations of the participating teams' networks must accept the feed from Westwood One. Only the flagship stations (in both English and other languages) can transmit the team's local radio broadcast, although the local broadcasts are also available on Sirius Satellite Radio and FieldPass. An exception is made for the Green Bay Packers because they technically have flagships in two separate cities, WTAQ (AM) & WIXX (FM) in Green Bay and WTMJ in Milwaukee; the latter station has produced Packers radio broadcasts for many years. If the local Westwood One affiliate is not the same as the corresponding affiliate of the team, the Westwood One station retains broadcast rights and the team's station must switch to alternate programming (for example, KSPN in Los Angeles aired an alternate feed of ESPN Radio on January 20, 2008 when the San Diego Chargers played in the AFC Championship Game, as exclusive rights belonged to KLAC.) For all other weeks, within
75 miles of a team's stadium, only stations the team or its flagship station contracts with can carry those games, regardless if the team is home or away. Thus, any competing station that carries Westwood One broadcasts cannot air those games- for instance, any time the New York Jets are playing on Sunday or Monday nights, their games do not air on the Sunday Night Football/Monday Night Football radio flagship, WFAN, but instead WABC and WEPN (the Jets' flagships) retain local exclusivity. (In the case of the Sunday doubleheaders, most stations can opt for an alternate national game from the Sports USA Radio Network.) This rule applies to Toronto, Canada whenever the Buffalo Bills play nationally. (However, in the case of Toronto, the same station affiliates with both the Bills radio network and Westwood One, which means the only difference is which broadcast team the station uses). For a time, the rule applied to the Los Angeles market, but that rule was relaxed in 2008 and all national radio broadcasts are now available in that market on KLAC (Westwood One) and KFWB (Sports USA Radio). A similar rule applies to Westwood One's NHL coverage, although the NHL's radius is much smaller, and in some markets (such as Rochester, New York), local broadcasts and national broadcasts have aired on competing stations. The NFL on Westwood One is not available on the NFL's FieldPass subscription Internet radio service.  External links NFL on Westwood One schedule [show]v • d • eNational Football League (2008) AFC East North South West Buffalo Bills Baltimore Ravens Houston Texans Denver Broncos Miami Dolphins Cincinnati Bengals Indianapolis Colts Kansas City Chiefs New England Patriots Cleveland Browns Jacksonville Jaguars Oakland Raiders New York Jets Pittsburgh Steelers Tennessee Titans San Diego Chargers NFC East North South West Dallas Cowboys Chicago Bears Atlanta Falcons Arizona Cardinals New York Giants Detroit Lions Carolina Panthers St. Louis Rams Philadelphia Eagles Green Bay Packers New Orleans Saints San Francisco 49ers Washington Redskins Minnesota Vikings Tampa Bay Buccaneers Seattle Seahawks Seasons (by team) · Playoffs · AFC Championship · NFC Championship · Super Bowl (Champions) · All-Pro · Pro Bowl League Championship History: AFL Championship (1960–1969) · NFL Championship (1920–1969) · One-Game Playoff · Playoff Bowl Defunct Franchises · Owners · Stadiums (chronology) · Records (individual, team, Super Bowl) · Hall of Fame · Lore · AFL · Merger · NFL in L.A., Toronto · International Series · Europa (World Bowl) · TV · Radio · NFLPA · Player Conduct · Draft · Training Camp · Preseason (Hall of Fame Game, American Bowl, China Bowl) · Kickoff · Monday Night Football · Thanksgiving Classic · Christmas Games [show]v • d • eNFL on CBS Related programs: Inside the NFL · The NFL Today · The NFL on Westwood One Related articles: Fox affiliate switches of 1994 · Monday night NFL games prior to 1970 · NFL on television · Notable NFL games to air on CBS Commentators AFC Championship Game · Commentator pairings · List of announcers · NFC Championship Game · NFL Championship Game · NFL Today personalities · Playoff Bowl · Pro Bowl · Super Bowl Lore televised by CBS: "Bounty Bowl series" · "The Catch" · "The Fog Bowl" · "The Hail Mary" · "The Ice Bowl" · "The Immaculate Reception" · "The Miracle at the Meadowlands" · "The Snow Bowl" · "The Tuck Rule Game" · Super Bowl XXXVIII halftime show controversy Music: "One Shining Moment" · "Posthumus Zone" National Football League Championship
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