Wednesday, August 18, 1999

Emmy-winner will produce XU games

Channel 64 hires Turner Sports vet

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Xavier basketball fans can expect quality television broadcasts this season after the team's new carrier, WSTR-TV (WB64), hired nationally renowned producer Roy Alfers Tuesday to run the show.

        Alfers, a Northern Kentucky resident and Xavier graduate, has won five Emmy Awards, including four as director of Atlanta Braves telecasts with Turner Sports, where he has worked for eight years. His most recent Emmy came last year.

        His resume also includes producer and director credits with NBC (AFC football), Fox Sports South (Atlanta Hawks, where he won his other Emmy), TNT (NBA basketball), WLWT in Cincinnati (Reds and Bengals preseason), ESPN regional (Big Ten basketball), NCAA Productions (NCAA Tournament) and the Atlantic 10 Net work (the last four seasons).

        “What he's done with the Atlanta Braves and Atlanta Hawks puts him head and shoulders above other producers,” said Bill Pulliam, general manager of WB64.

        It was Alfers, Pulliam said, who sought out WB64 after reading that Xavier was switching from WCPO-TV (Channel 9).

        “I was excited to find somebody with his experience,” Pulliam said.

        Pulliam said the station has not picked an announcing crew yet, but the team will probably be from Cincinnati. PATRICK ON RADIO: ESPN anchor Dan Patrick will launch a weekday radio show on ESPN Radio, but don't look for it to be carred live in Cincinnati.

        The Dan Patrick Show will air live from 1-4p.m. beginning Sept.13, but the station with the local rights to the show — WCKY-AM (HOMER, 1360) — has a commitment to the nationally syndicated Jim Rome Show and the local Marc Amazon show in that time slot.

        “Chances are we won't be able to carry it live,” HOMER'S Tommy Luegers said.


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