BOISE, Idaho (July 23, 2010) - Bob Behler and Pete Cavender will make up the play-by-play broadcast team that will bring Boise State football games to Bronco fans on the radio in 2010, the university and Bronco Sports Properties announced Friday. The new network pre-game show will also feature Behler and Cavender, and include longtime Boise broadcaster Paul J. Schneider. Jeff Caves and Andrew Paul will also serve as hosts on the local pre-game show on KBOI 670 AM.
"Bob and Pete teamed together last year in the broadcast booth. It's great to have them back this year," Boise State Athletics Director Gene Bleymaier said. "Bob is the ultimate professional, while Pete is one of our former players that can take people into the huddle and help break the game down."
Bob Behler will handle the radio play-by-play duties for Boise State football and men's basketball, while Cavender, an offensive guard at Boise State from 2004-2007, will serve as the color analyst for Bronco football games. Behler will also host weekly football and men's basketball coaches' shows during the season, as well as the daily three-minute Bronco radio report that will be heard on all Bronco Sports Network affiliates statewide. He has served as play-by-play "Voice of the Broncos" each of the past two seasons.
"The last two seasons have been magical and I've enjoyed not only calling the games but getting to know Coach Pete, the players and Bronco Nation," said Behler.
In addition to appearing on Boise State's radio broadcasts, Behler will contribute as a sports anchor and reporter for KBOI 670 AM and KTIK 1350 AM "The Ticket".
"We are extremely excited to have Bob Behler join our team," Don Morin, Market Manager Citadel Boise said. "He will be a great asset and we look forward to a long relationship with Bronco Sports Properties and Boise State University.
"I'm looking forward to being a part of the Boise State football game day broadcasts again on KBOI," said Paul J. "I have been following the Broncos since they were Division II and I've watched them grow to national prominence."
Bob Behler came to Boise after serving for nine years as director of broadcast services at UMass, where he won eight Associated Press awards for his play-by-play of Minutemen sports. From 1986-1999, Behler was the voice at Bucknell University (Penn.), and from 1985-1986, he broadcast for the Chattanooga Lookouts AA baseball team. He received his bachelor's degree in Broadcast News from the University of Georgia in 1985, where he announced women's basketball and baseball. Behler's past free lance credits include the NCAA Basketball Tournament for CBS Radio and SportsCenter Updates for ESPN Radio. A native of Stockton, Calif., he got his broadcasting start while in high school, doing local sports.
Bronco football broadcasts will include a five-hour pre-game show. The first two hours will air locally on KBOI 670 AM, while hours three and four will air on KBOI and sister station KKGL 96.9 FM "The Eagle" in Boise. The final hour of the pre-game show will air across the Bronco Sports Network. Former Boise State player and host of Idaho Sports Talk, Jeff Caves, will anchor the first two hours of the pre-game show, along with Andrew Paul of KBOI 670 AM. Caves was a member of the 1980 Bronco national championship team and has previously been involved with Boise State football radio broadcasts. Paul currently serves as the program director for KBOI 670 AM and has hosted Bronco football pre-game broadcasts in each of the last seven years.
Schneider will join Andrew Paul as pre-game co-host beginning with hour number three and continuing through the network pre-game show leading up to kick-off. In addition to Schneider and Andrew Paul, a number of other regular contributors will take part in the pre-game show. A highly decorated veteran broadcaster, Schneider served as play-by-play announcer for Boise State football and basketball games for more than three decades and has been the long-time host of KBOI's weekday morning show.
Bronco Sports Properties manages Bronco Sports Network and will broadcast all Boise State football games, men's basketball games, a weekly coaches' shows, and a daily Bronco update on the radio during the upcoming season. These broadcasts can be heard state-wide on the Bronco Sports Network http://sportsaffiliates.learfieldsports.com/affiliates/boise-state. KBOI 670 AM will serve as the flagship station for the Bronco Sports Network this season.
Bronco Sports Properties is a property of Learfield Sports. In addition to Boise State, Learfield Sports manages multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations and titles the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup. The company also manages marketing partnerships for the Black Coaches & Administrators (BCA) and provides exclusive sports programming to more than 1,000 radio stations throughout the country. For additional corporate information and a complete collegiate portfolio, visit www.learfieldsports.com.