Expanded football broadcasts continue in the 2013 Season featuring pre-game Tailgate Show
The first Eastern Washington University broadcast on 700 ESPN will take place this Monday (Aug. 26) when the first EWU Coaches Show of the season takes place live from Northern Quest Casino.
Eastern football fans are invited to view weekly video and hear commentary from Eastern head coach Beau Baldwin Mondays at 5:30 p.m. in Studio E at Epic at Northern Quest, which is formerly the Q Sports Bar and Restaurant. The radio show follows at 6 p.m. live on 700 ESPN.
Programming on 700-AM ESPN is also available via the web at www.700espn.com and via iPhone application (search for “700 ESPN” and download the free app). The broadcast may also be obtained via www.tunein.com and tunein’s mobile phone app.
Larry Weir returns as the play-by-play announcer for both football and men’s basketball games, and Paul Sorensen will handle football analysis and color commentary. Weir and Sorensen will also host the weekly coaches shows.
The 700 ESPN staff will continue to have a greater presence at football games through the one-hour tailgate show and as sideline reporters at home games. Below is more information on EWU’s broadcasts on 700-AM ESPN.
About the Washington Trust Bank Tailgate Show . . .
The Washington Trust Bank Tailgate Show, featuring host Keith Osso, begins 1 1/2 hours prior to kickoff at home football games. The broadcasts will take place behind Roos Field in the upper tailgate parking lot P12 with the Washington Trust Bank Tailgate Bus. In collaboration with the EWU Alumni Association and Eagle Athletic Association, the tailgate features food, games and prizes throughout the year.
The hour-long Eagle Tailgate Show will include interviews with players, a live interview with an Eastern assistant coach, an opponent interview and interviews with EWU staff and alumni guests.
About the Pre-Game Show and Game Broadcasts . . .
Eastern’s pre-game show, featuring Weir and Sorensen, begins a half-hour prior to kickoff. The show will include an interview with Baldwin, as well as with assistant coaches and players. Osso will serve as sideline reporter during games, and will interview Baldwin and Eastern players on the post-game show. Dennis Patchin, 700 ESPN Program Director, will serve as sideline reporter for two of EWU’s games when Osso fills in for Sorensen as analyst.
About the Northern Quest Casino and Resort Coaches Show . . .
The Monday sessions with Baldwin, which include other special guests, will take place each Monday at 5:30 p.m. in Studio E, adjacent to Epic (formerly the Q Sports Bar and Restaurant). Baldwin will show video from the previous game and provide commentary prior to his appearance on the Eagle Coaches Show at 6 p.m., live from the "Q" at Northern Quest.
Weir and Sorensen will host the show, which features Baldwin, assistant coaches and players. Because of Eastern’s bye on the schedule, the show on Sept. 23 will feature volleyball head coach Wade Benson, soccer coach George Hageage and cross country coach Chris Zeller.
Northern Quest is located at 100 N. Hayford Road in Airway Heights. From downtown Spokane, take exit 277 off I-90 and follow Highway 2 for 4.4 miles, then turn right on Hayford Road and follow for 1.0 miles. From Cheney, take exit 272 off I-90 and follow WA-902 toward Medical Lake for just 0.3 miles. Take a right on Geiger Blvd., followed by a quick left on Hayford Road and follow for 4.4 miles.
Once the football season concludes, the Coaches Shows will switch to basketball and take place at the Swinging Doors in North Spokane. The first basketball shows are scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The Swinging Doors is located at W. 1018 Francis in Spokane.
2013-14 COACHES SHOWS
(LIVE Coaches Show from 6-7 p.m.; football shows also feature video session from 5:30-6 p.m.)
Northern Quest Casino & Resort (at Epic in Studio E . . . formerly the “Q”)
9/23 – No Video Session because of EWU Bye Week; Guests in place Beau Baldwin include Wade Benson, George Hageage and Chris Zeller
Eagle Podcasts . . .
On a regular basis, Weir will be posting podcasts of Eagle programming, which are available at: http://www.goeags.com/radio_podcasts/radio_podcasts.html
Included will be weekly interviews with EWU Athletic Director Bill Chaves on current events and issues involving Eastern Athletics. Other podcasts will be posted with coaches interviews, player interviews and game recaps, as well as daily “Eagle Minute” programming which will air on 700-AM ESPN. The podcasts will also be distributed via social media
More About the Partnership . . .
Eastern, 700 ESPN and the KXLY Radio Group are in the first year of a two-year extension on their radio agreement to have all home and away EWU football and men’s basketball games broadcast live on 700 ESPN. The original three-year agreement was inked in 2010, and the extension will have Eastern games on 700 ESPN through the 2014-15 school year.
Weir will return for his 23rd season as the voice of the Eagles in football, having broadcast all but one of EWU’s 257 games in that span. The only game he missed was a 2005 playoff game at Northern Iowa when he was broadcasting Eastern’s basketball games in Alaska. Weir has also spent 20 seasons calling men’s basketball action for the Eagles from 1991-2009 and again in 2012-13.
Sorensen is entering his ninth season as analyst for the Eagles, but has spent a total of 27 years providing color commentary for Washington State University, Fox Sports Northwest (now Roots Sports), College Football Saturday, Greater Spokane League and EWU. He produced EWU football and men’s basketball broadcasts in the 1980’s and 90’s.
Patchin, Keith Osso and Rick Lukens are hosts of their popular sports talk show from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on 700 ESPN. That trio, as well as producer Steve “The Wingman” Pry and engineer Jason Johnson, also help with Eastern broadcasts, as well as weekly coaches shows featuring EWU head football coach Beau Baldwin and men’s basketball head coach Jim Hayford.