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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Channel 19's UC Lineup

As Channel 19 prepares for its final locally produced UC basketball game next week, I thought it would be fun to look back at the announcers over the last 26 years.

Channel 19 has had quite a lineup since the Ed Badger teams of 1980-81: Dan Hoard, Thom Brennaman, Jeff Piecoro, Kevin Frazier, Andy MacWilliams, Andy Treinen, Anthony Buford, Derrek Dickey, Tom Kelly, Connie Dierking. Remember Red Pitcher? Ed Jucker did a year. Anthony Buford did more than any other (12 seasons).

Who was your favorite UC TV announcer?


at 12/19/2007 8:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

It would be tough to top the early 90's combo of Thom Brenneman and Derrick Dickey.

They proved they were far too good for "local TV" with both moving onto Chicago from here. Thom with the Cubs and Derrick with the Bulls before his stroke.

The ultimate "odd couple" since Derrick was either married to/or dating Thom's mother.

at 12/19/2007 9:31 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with Anon 8:08. Tommy and Derrick were smooth-along with the best freelance crew in the city.

at 12/19/2007 9:58 AM Anonymous CHEVIOT SPORTS AUTHORITY said...

Dan Hoard far and away the best. Andy Mac very good. Jeff Piecoro is terrible.

at 12/19/2007 10:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved the thom and kevin combo.

at 12/19/2007 10:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the Frazier years. Although there are a number of unflattering stories about the guy on-air he echoed the enthusiasm and swagger Huggs and the team showed, at that time, on the court.

at 12/19/2007 10:24 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan hoard and anthony was a very good team.

at 12/19/2007 11:05 AM Blogger Brian said...

Remember some years ago when they did a UC/UNC game from Charlotte and the announcing team was Thom and.....Marty? I haven't forgot that one.

at 12/19/2007 11:18 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

While this is an interesting list, props should also be given to the man behind the camera, who helped these people develop. David Ashbrock made the good ones great and the bad ones tolerable. Whoever winds up with the rights to UC basketball should hire Ashbrock to continue producing and directing the games. He and his crew produced "local" broadcasts that looked every bit as good as any"network" game.

at 12/19/2007 1:00 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

Did Thom get choked up and call Marty "Dad" on the broadcast?

Thom Brennaman was by far the best. He worked well with both Derrick Dickey and Kevin Frazier. The UC broadcast teams after Thom left paled in comparison... Buford got a little better with each seaon but his delivery just seemed a little stiff to me. I was always hoping they'd get Terry Nelson. He's always a good interview.

at 12/19/2007 1:02 PM Blogger bmurdock said...

One more thing... Didn't know Andy Mac did UC games? I thought he was a Xavier guy? Was this pre-Huggins era?

at 12/19/2007 2:15 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dave Ashbrock has been the producer of these games , I believe, since Day 1.

Losing UC basketball must seem like a death in the family to him.

Does he freelance his services to any of the ESPN production crews that come in?

at 12/19/2007 2:33 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan Hoard was great - my number 1 fav.

Thom and Derrick was a very good team. Loved Thoms exclamations on UC dunks.

at 12/19/2007 5:24 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kiese. I lived in Bloomington, IL when Red Pitcher moved from here to anchor news for WJBC in Bloomington. Last I heard, he's now the GM there. Great voice!

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