In more interesting news out of UW today, the school is announcing that Damon Huard will replace Chuck Nelson as the color man in the broadcast booth.
Huard, a former UW quarterback, joined the athletic department in a fund raising role. Nelson, a former UW kicker, had been the color man on the broadcasts since the early ’90s.
Andre Riley, a former Husky receiver who is the assistant vice president of Washington/ISP sports — which handles the school’s broadcast rights — said the change was made to “freshen up” the broadcasts after Nelson had worked as a color analyst for the last 17 years.
“It wasn’t broken,” Riley said of the broadcast. “It was great. But I just thought that Damon, spending 14 years in the NFL from a quarterback’s perspective was just fresh. And knowing the college game and knowing the program would kind of give us a little bit more energy and in-depth conversation with Bob (Rondeau). It would be something that is fresh and something that is new and I just kind of felt we needed that.”
Riley said the fact that Huard recently joined the athletic department in a full-time role “had nothing to do” with the moves in the booth. He said it was simply aimed at freshening up the broadcasts. Riley has been in his current position for a year-and-a-half and said he wanted had “really focused on trying to improve every aspect” of the broadcast and felt that was the move to make.
Here’s the complete release from the school detailing the school’s radio situation for this season. The rest of the broadcast team remains the same:
SEATTLE – Once again, ISP Sports and Sports Radio 950 KJR are teaming up to bring Husky Football to the airwaves in 2010. This marks the fourth year that ISP, America’s foremost collegiate sports marketing company, has held the multimedia rights to Washington athletics. It is the eighth season that 950 KJR has served as the flagship station for Husky football and men’s basketball.
ISP and 950 KJR are pleased to provide Husky fans the most comprehensive coverage of Washington Football throughout the season. Besides 11 hours of game day coverage, the radio network also produces a weekly one hour coach’s show featuring Steve Sarkisian airing Mondays live during the season and a weekly segment (Wednesday’s at 11 a.m.) called “Husky Honks” hosted by Dave “Softy” Mahler and featuring a roundtable discussion of UW football. Husky fans can learn more about the flagship station on www.950kjr.com.
On game days, the Washington ISP Sports Network takes the air two hours before kickoff and the first hour of pre-game features Mahler, Dick Baird, Hugh Millen and special guests. The trio returns post-game for more game analysis to round out the day’s coverage.
Calling all the action for Husky football will be Bob Rondeau, who has served as the play-by-play announcer since 1980. Joining the 30-year veteran in the press box will be a new, but familiar face: former Husky quarterback and 14-year NFL veteran, Damon Huard. Elise Woodward will provide sideline reports.
Every game, the coaches show and other features that are produced by the ISP Sports Network can also be heard on the Internet at GoHuskies.com.