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
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
"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
Ackerman can now claim to be the official
"Voice of the Cougars," since he'll call the action for both basketball
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
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
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
A 1997 graduate of Sam Houston State University,
Ackerman worked as the studio host and pre-game reporter for the Houston
Brown was the starting center for the Cougars
from 1976-78. He earned First Team All-Southwest Conference honors twice
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
the Cougars' first three seasons in the
The older brother of UH golfing great and
PGA golfer Billy Ray Brown, the elder Brown has worked in the sales department
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