List of Tampa Bay Buccaneers broadcasters

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Radio[edit]

The Buccaneers' current flagship radio stations are WFUS 103.5 FM and WDAE 620 AM. The play-by-play announcer since 1989 has been Gene Deckerhoff. Former Bucs tight end Dave Moore joined Deckerhoff as analyst for the 2007 season. T. J. Rives works as the sideline reporter.

Past[edit]

Broadcast legend and former Green Bay Packers' announcer Ray Scott was the play-by-play man for the Bucs' inaugural season of 1976, while Mark Champion held the position from 1977 to 1988.

Former Buccaneer Hardy Nickerson served as color commentator for one season in 2006, until he signed with the Bears as a linebackers coach on February 23, 2007. Nickerson had replaced Scot Brantley, who was the commentator from 1999 through 2005. Jesse Ventura, the famous professional wrestler, actor, and former governor of Minnesota, was Deckerhoff's partner on the Bucs radio broadcasts for one year, 1990, and former Buc David Logan held that position after Ventura until his death after the 1998 season. Dave Kocourek and Fran Curci were also color commentors for the Buccaneers during their earlier years.

Ronnie Lane previously worked as a sideline reporter.[1]

The Bucs have broadcast on FM radio since signing with Top 40 station WRBQ in 1992. The team moved to WQYK-FM, in 1994, then to WFUS in 2004.

Television[edit]

While regular season and post-season games in the NFL are all broadcast by national television contracts on CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN and NFL Network, the television broadcasts are for the most part handled by the individual teams. Preseason games not picked up for national broadcast are broadcast, beginning in 2011 on WTSP Channel 10, the Tampa, FL CBS affiliate, after having been on WFLA Channel 8, from 2003 through 2010.[2] WFTV Channel 9 simulcasts the broadcast in the Orlando area. Chris Myers is the play-by-play announcer with John Lynch as color commentator. Both Myers and Lynch, as well as Charles Davis, Lynch's predecessor, work nationally with FOX Sports. CBS, FOX and NBC games are shown respectively in Tampa Bay on WTSP, WTVT and WFLA, while they are shown respectively in Orlando on WKMG, WOFL and WESH. Monday Night Football games are simulcast locally on WFTS, and NFL Network games can be seen locally on WFLA-TV.

Past[edit]

WTOG-TV Channel 44 was the previous home to Buccaneer preseason games for many years, ending in 2002. Former CBS play-by-play and ESPN golf broadcaster Jim Kelly was the play-by-play announcer for many of those games in the 1980s and early 1990s, and Hank Stram and Joe Namath were commentators. In the early years of the franchise, WTVT-13, then a CBS affiliate, broadcast some Buccaneer preseason games. Sports anchor Andy Hardy handled the play-by-play, and for one game in 1978, his broadcast partner was his friend, Florida State alumni and movie actor Burt Reynolds. Ron Jaworski previously served as color commentator, until he signed with MNF for 2007.

By year[edit]

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Year Flagship Station Play-by-play Analyst(s) Field Reporter(s)
1976 WTVT Ray Scott Andy Hardy
1977
1978 Andy Hardy (2 games) Steve Spurrier (1 game)
Vic Prinzi & Burt Reynolds (1 game)
1979 WTOG Jay Randolph Hank Stram
1980 Jay Randolph (3 games)
Jim Thacker (1 game)
1981 Gary Bender
1982
1983 Jim Kelly
1984
1985
1986
1987 Jim Kelly (3 games)
Tim Brandt (1 game)
Beasley Reece
1988 WTVT Jim Kelly Andy Hardy
1989 Andy Hardy
1990 WTOG Jim Kelly
1991 Joe Namath
1992 Cris Collinsworth
1993
1994
1995 Tom Mees
1996 Randy Cross
1997 Dave Sims Beasley Reece Scot Brantley
1998 Randy Cross
1999 Ron Jaworski
2000
2001
2002 Ron Jaworski (2 games)
Merrill Hoge (1 game)
Doug Graber
2003 WFLA Chris Myers Ron Jaworski JP Peterson
2004 Ron Jaworski
Merrill Hoge (1 game) and Doug Graber
2005 Ron Jaworski (2 games)
Merrill Hoge (2 games)
2006 Ron Jaworski (2 games)
Doug Graber (2 games)
2007 Charles Davis
2008 Dave Reynolds
2009 John Lynch Dan Lucas
2010
2011 WTSP

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