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Mike Nail Named Football Radio Play by Play Announcer for 2006 Season

BY ANDRES FOCIL
Mike Nail Named Football Radio Play by Play Announcer for 2006 Season

LITTLE ROCK, AR. (August 9, 2006) – Dale Nicholson, President and General Manager of KATV and Frank Broyles, University of Arkansas Athletic Director, mutually announced today that sportscaster Mike Nail of Fayetteville will serve as the Arkansas Razorback Sports Network (ARSN) radio play-by-play announcer for University of Arkansas football games in the upcoming season. “We are pleased that Mike Nail has agreed to take on this role for us in the interim,” said Nicholson. “Mike already serves as the play-by-play radio voice for the basketball Hogs and he has helped KATV on numerous occasions in this same capacity when we have provided cable television with pay-per-view feeds of Razorback football games. We feel it is in the best interest of Razorback fans to provide them with an announcer they are familiar with.” “We are only three weeks from our first game of the season,” said Broyles. “Mike was the logical choice for both the University and for KATV at this juncture. We appreciate his willingness to help us on such short notice.” “I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to do the radio play-by-play for what we all hope will be a very successful 2006 football season, said Nail. “Paul Eells can never be replaced, but I pledge to all Razorback fans to do my very best to present accurate and exciting radio broadcasts.” KATV Sports Director Paul Eells was tragically killed in a car accident on July 31. Eells was beloved by Channel 7 viewers and by Arkansas Razorback fans. He served as “Voice of the Razorbacks” for 28 seasons. Eells was named Sportscaster of the Year a record twelve times and was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame earlier this year. Mike Nail is a freelance broadcast journalist based in Fayetteville. For a number of years, he served as sports director for a Fort Smith-based television station with a bureau office in Fayetteville. ARSN is a division of KATV and owns the rights to the radio broadcasts of the University of Arkansas football and basketball games. KATV, LLC is a subsidiary of Allbritton Communications Company of Washington, DC, which also owns WJLA/Washington, DC, KTUL/Tulsa, OK, WCIV/Charleston, SC, WSET/Lynchburg,VA, WHTM/Harrisburg, PA, TV Alabama/Birmingham, AL and Newschannel 8/Springfield, VA.



Sports Category : Football