Friday, August 06, 1999

SPORTS ON TV-RADIO


Andy Mac takes Elder call, hopes for XU

BY JOHN FAY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Andy MacWilliams, the long-time voice of Xavier basketball, will be the color analyst on Elder football and basketball games on Prep Sports Radio Network (WTSJ-AM, 1050).

        “I'd be going to a high school game anyway,” MacWilliams said. “So I thought I'd be productive.”

        MacWilliams worked two Elder football games for PSRN last year.

        John Lyons will do the play-by-play.

        MacWilliams also is trying to land a job with Channel 64 doing Xavier basketball on television.

        “I've spoken to the people at 64 and Xavier,” MacWilliams said. “I'll see what develops.”

        MacWilliams did play-by-play of Xavier games on WLW-AM (700) until last year when the station took him off the air because of voice problems.

        MacWilliams battles abductor spasmatic dystonia, a condition that sometimes prevents him from maintaining his voice.

        “It's the same thing I've had for 20 years,” MacWilliams said. “I'm getting treatments here, which is convenient.”

        MacWilliams had been going to New York for treatments.

        He's hopeful about the Xavier job.

        “I wanted them to know I'm alive and well,” he said, “and I live here. It's not a full-time job. I don't think someone's going to come from California to do it.”

        UC TV: Look for Channel 19 to broadcast the University of Cincinnati's football opener with Kent (Sept.4) and the Miami game (Oct.30).

        GRANT STUFF: The NBA's Inside Stuff shows you can go home again — and do a lot of good — in its feature on Portland star Brian Grant.

        The show went to Georgetown, Ohio, with Grant, a former Xavier star, for his clinic and to tour his hometown. The show will air on NBC Aug.14, on ESPN2 Aug.17 and on ESPN Aug.19.

        TEARS AND CHEERS: There are two TV shows worth checking out Sunday for stories that will touch your heart.

        CNN's Page 1 (10 a.m.) will air a segment on Reds reliever Stan Belinda and his battle with multiple sclerosis.

        More Than A Game (Channel19, 9:30 a.m.) will run a profile of Lance Armstrong, who overcame cancer to win the Tour de France.

        HALL ON 2: ESPN2 will televise the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 1p.m. Saturday. The class includes Lawrence Taylor and Eric Dickerson.

        BROWNS QUESTION: Tim the Browns fan wants to know if you'll be able to watch Cleveland games locally.

        Only if you have DirecTV's NFL Sunday Ticket, Tim.

        “The local blackout rules apply,” DirecTV's Bob Marsocci said. “But you would think all the Browns games will be sold out.”

        John Fay covers radio/TV sports for The Enquirer. He can be reached at 768-8445.

       



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