WAC SPORTS NETWORK ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL TALENT
WSN Names Tomey, Glenn, Harbison, Haberman to Broadcast Team; Assigns Crews for First Three Games on Sept. 18, Oct. 2
Englewood, CO. (Sept. 9, 2010) – On the heels of announcing a September 18 debut for “WSN” – the WAC Sports Network – the Western Athletic Conference and its multimedia rights partner Learfield Sports have appointed seven members to the WSN broadcast team.
Leading WSN as football play-by-play announcers will be Dave Harbison and Guy Haberman, with Dick Tomey and Joe Glenn serving as color commentators. Sideline reporters are Lauren Mickler and Jenny Cavnar, with Ralph Gaston as color and sideline.
WSN talent throughout football season is as follows:
Dave Harbison – PBP Announcer
Since 2005, Harbison has done on-air work for Fox Sports Houston, including the last three years as part of the broadcast team for “Astros Live”. He also served 15 years with Sporting News Radio as a reporter, talk show host, update anchor and pre/post-game host. Harbison has prior experience as sports director for KILT-FM (Houston, Texas); host and anchor for WTEM (Washington, D.C.) and as sports director for WTKA/WAAM (Ann Arbor, Mich.), where he was play-by-play announcer for Michigan and Eastern Michigan University athletics. Vanderbilt, Tulane and Texas Southern are other collegiate programs where he has done play-by-play work.
Guy Haberman – PBP Announcer
As host of The Guy Haberman Show on 1430 ESPN in Fresno, Calif., Haberman is in his third year broadcasting on 790 ESPN for the Fresno Grizzlies, AAA affiliate for MLB’s San Francisco Giants. A native of Davis, Calif., Haberman also is the voice of Fresno State women’s basketball and softball, served as a sideline reporter for Fresno State football on the Bulldog Sports Network in 2009 and was pre- and post-game color commentator for the 2010 WAC Softball Tournament.
Dick Tomey – Color Commentator
Boasting a 29-year college football head coaching career, Tomey retired from San Jose State University on Jan. 15, 2010 after five years of leading the Spartans. He coached Division I-A or FBS schools – Hawaii (1977-1986), Arizona (1987-2000) and San Jose State (2005-’09). In addition to these three head coaching positions, Tomey was an assistant coach at Texas (2004), UCLA (1971-’76), Kansas (1967-’70), Davidson (1965-’66) and Northern Illinois (1964). He began his college coaching career in 1962 as a graduate assistant at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio). He also was an assistant coach for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers in 2003.
Joe Glenn – Color Commentator
As a former member of the University of South Dakota football team (1968-1970), Glenn transitioned into a career of coaching at the collegiate level. He served as head football coach for several programs throughout his professional career: Doane College (1976-’79), Northern Colorado (1989-’99), University of Montana (2000-’02) and University of Wyoming (2003-’08). While at Doane College, Glenn was the youngest head football college coach at age 27 and during his time with Northern Colorado, he led the Bears to two NCAA Division II national football championships (1996, 1997) and with Montana, he led the Grizzlies to the 2001 Division IAA National Championship.
Lauren Mickler – Sideline Reporter
Mickler is a member of the weekend broadcast team for NBC San Diego, where she serves as sports producer and reporter. Prior to that, she worked three years with KOMU-TV NBC (Columbia, Mo.) serving as news and sports reporter and weekend sports anchor. Additionally, she has experience with 4SD (COX) San Diego interning in the sports and news departments.
Jenny Cavnar – Sideline Reporter
Cavnar currently anchors pre- and post-game shows for MLB’s San Diego Padres on Channel 4 San Diego. Additionally, she hosts 4th Down with Shaun Phillips and Channel 4’s Postgame: Year in Review Roundtable. In 2009, she joined NBC 7/39 in San Diego as a reporter for Football Night in San Diego. Prior to joining Channel 4 San Diego in 2007, Cavnar was a freelance sports reporter covering various NCAA games and events for ESPN, Fox Sports Net, College Sports Television and InDemand. She also covered the NBA and the NFL as a sports reporter for ABC affiliates KEYT (Santa Barbara) and WJRT (Flint, Mich.). During the past three college football seasons, she also served as a sideline reporter for The Mtn Network.
Ralph Gaston – Color/Sideline Reporter
Prior to the WAC Sports Network, Ralph spent more than six years with KSEE-TV in Fresno, Calif. serving as sports reporter, anchor, producer, news photographer and editor. He has been integral in shows such as SportsCentral and Bulldog Insider, 30-minute weekly local sports shows, as well as KSEE Kickoff, a weekly high school football show. He also has prior experience with WBOY-TV (Clarksburg, W.V.) as sports director, anchor and reporter, as well as KALX-FM (University of California, Berkeley) serving as sports director and announcer.
The WSN will allow for WAC football and basketball games to be produced and distributed to media outlets in the respective school markets. Three initial football games are slated for broadcast, while additional games will be released pending ESPN national broadcast selections.
Crew assignments and games scheduled for WSN broadcast are:
Fresno State at Utah State (Sept. 18 at 6 p.m. MST) – Harbison, Tomey, Mickler
Idaho at Western Michigan (Oct. 2 at noon MST) – Harbison, Gaston, Cavnar
Boise State at New Mexico State (Oct. 2 at 6 p.m. MST) – Haberman, Tomey, Mickler
Learfield Sports’ locally based WAC Sports Properties team has oversight of WSN through Learfield Sports’ extensive conference partnership. The company represents the WAC, as well as seven member schools: Boise State, Fresno State, Idaho, Louisiana Tech, Nevada, San Jose State and Utah State. The company manages multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations and is title partner of the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup. For more about its history and collegiate portfolio, visit learfieldsports.com.
Posted on Thursday, September 9, 2010