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Pitt Recently Named Football Radio Broadcast Crew including Clarion U. Grad Richards
PITTSBURGH — The University of Pittsburgh and its multimedia rights holder IMG unveiled this week the Pitt football radio crew for the 2018 season, and it includes Clarion University graduate Larry Richert.
(Photo from left: Pat Bostick, Bill Hillgrove, Larry Richert. Richert is a Clarion University graduate. Bostick’s brother, Adam, played football at Clarion. Photo courtesy of Pitt football)
Richert will once again serve as the sideline reporter and will be joined on the crew by iconic play-by-play man Bill Hillgrove and color analyst Pat Bostick, who is back in the role after taking the last couple of season off.
“There is tremendous anticipation for the 2018 football season and we are proud to have an outstanding radio team calling the action,” Executive Associate Athletic Director for Media Relations E.J. Borghetti said. “I say this on an annual basis, but I believe we have the best radio crew in college football. Their knowledge, passion and professionalism are simply exceptional.”
Known to fans nationwide as the “Voice of the Panthers,” Hillgrove enters his 45th season calling play by play for Pitt football. He initially was the Panthers’ color analyst from 1970-73 before taking over as play-by-play man for the 1974 season. Hillgrove has called Pitt basketball since 1969.
Hillgrove also begins his 25th season as the play-by-play announcer for the Pittsburgh Steelers this fall. Sports Broadcast Journal recently named him and Pittsburgh Penguins’ broadcaster Mike Lange to its 2018 list of Most Popular ‘One-Two Play-By-Play Pairs’ Across American Markets.
Bostick, whose brother Adam played football at Clarion University, makes his full-time return to Pitt football radio broadcasts as color analyst this fall. The former Panthers quarterback previously served in that role from 2011-15 as well as select games during the 2017 season.
Bostick makes a tremendous impression on listeners with his keen insight and analysis. In addition to game days, he will continue to be a frequently heard voice talking college football on Pitt flagship station Sportsradio 93.7 The Fan throughout the week.
Bostick resumes the analyst role that was manned by Billy Osborn the past two seasons.
“Ozzie has some great things going on, both professionally and personally, that are demanding his fulltime attention,” Borghetti said. “He was recently named a senior vice president for Defend Your Head, a helmet technology company that is doing important work. On the family front, Billy’s boys are playing football every weekend and those are moments you just don’t want to miss.
“You won’t find a person with more Pitt pride than Ozzie. We thank him for his great work the past two years. He has a standing invite to the booth anytime he’s in town.”
Richert will provide pregame coverage and in-game sideline reports for the sixth consecutive season. One of Pittsburgh’s most recognized voices and faces, he has hosted the venerable KDKA Morning News Show (1020 AM) since 2001. His broadcasting career spans nearly four decades in both radio and television.
Led by 50,000-watt flagship station 93.7 The Fan (KDKA-FM) in Pittsburgh, Pitt football games are broadcast on the Pitt IMG Sports Network, a loyal lineup of stations that spans the Commonwealth. The 2018 stations are:
Ambridge (WMBA-AM 1460)
Beaver Falls (WBVP-AM 1230)
Bedford (WBFD-AM 1310)
Connellsville (WKHB-FM 103.9)
Harrisburg (WTKT-AM 1460)
Indiana (WCCS-AM 1160)
Johnstown (WCRO-AM 1230)
Meyersdale/Somerset (WQZS-FM 93.3)
Oil City (WKQW-AM 1120)
Pittsburgh (KDKA-FM 93.7)
Uniontown (WMBS-AM 590)
Game broadcasts are also available on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
Football radio coverage on the Pitt IMG Sports Network includes:
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