Monday, August 27, 2001 Volume 66, Issue 4


Cougar football is picked up by Star 790, Ware moves on

By Tom Carpenter
The Daily Cougar

The UH Department of Intercollegiate Athletics reached an agreement with Clear Channel Communications to broadcast Cougar football
and men's basketball for the next three years, from 2001-02 through 2003-04.

Most Cougar football games can be heard on Star 790, KBME-AM, one of Clear Channel's three AM stations. According to the athletics
department, the station that will broadcast men's basketball will be released at a later date.

Cougar File Photo

Cougar fans celebrate during the 1980 Cotton Bowl. Former head coach Bill Yeoman guided the Cougars to an 11-1 record and a No. 5
national ranking in 1979. UH beat Nebraska 17-14.

"I'm extremely pleased we have found a home for Cougar football and men's basketball for the next three years," said UH Associate
Athletics Director for Communications Chris Burkhalter. "We are partnering with an outstanding organization which has put Houston-area
sports first. We feel this is going to be a very fruitful and productive relationship which will put UH Athletics into the cars and homes of the
people of Houston."

Burkhalter also announced the department has hired Craig Ackerman, the "Voice of Cougar Basketball" in 2000-2001, to be the
play-by-play announcer for Cougar football games.

Ackerman can now claim to be the official "Voice of the Cougars," since he'll call the action for both basketball and football.

After years of switching announcers, the Cougars now have a consistent voice for the UH football and basketball programs, according to

"Craig is the utmost professional who works hard at his craft," Burkhalter said.

Former Cougar great Chuck Brown will handle the color analysis for Cougar football. He replaced 1989 Heisman Trophy winner Andre
Ware. Ware accepted a position as a sideline announcer for CBS sports.

"We think there's no better replacement for Andre Ware," Burkhalter said. "Chuck and his family are lifelong Cougars and he knows the
history of UH. He has a thorough grasp of college football and brings excitement and energy to the booth."

The first broadcast on KBME will be the Rice-UH game Sept. 1. Kick-off for the Southwestern Bell Bayou Bucket, which will determine the
bragging rights for the best football team in Houston, is scheduled for 7:05 P.M., with the pre-game show beginning 15 minutes before the
start of the game.

Ken Charles, director of AM programming at Clear Channel Radio Houston, is happy with the new relationship established between his
company and UH.

"We're proud to have created this long-term partnership with UH to carry their football and basketball broadcasts," said Charles. "College
sports are an important part of any community, and we're committed to being there with them."

Ackerman spent the past seven years working for the Houston Rockets, so he's quite experienced in the Houston market. 

In addition to calling the action of the UH men's basketball team last season, he's the studio host for all broadcasts for the four-time WNBA
Champion Houston Comets.

Ackerman also managed the play-by-play for the Houston Thunderbears, the former Arena football team owned by the Rockets'

A 1997 graduate of Sam Houston State University, Ackerman worked as the studio host and pre-game reporter for the Houston Rockets
Radio Network.

Brown was the starting center for the Cougars from 1976-78. He earned First Team All-Southwest Conference honors twice and made
Third Team All-American in 1978 after being selected as an honorable mention in 1977. 

Brown was a member of the Bill Yeoman teams that took the Southwest Conference by storm and captured two SWC championships in
the Cougars' first three seasons in the league.

The older brother of UH golfing great and PGA golfer Billy Ray Brown, the elder Brown has worked in the sales department at Capitol
Cement in Houston for the past 12 years.

Brown spent two seasons in the National Football League with the Houston Oilers and St. Louis Cardinals after graduating from UH in

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