NBA on ESPN Radio

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NBA on ESPN Radio
NBA on ESPN Radio logo.svg
Genre National Basketball Association
Running time 150 minutes (approximate)
Country United States USA
Home station ESPN Radio (1996-)
Starring Kevin Calabro
Jon Barry
Marc Kestecher
PJ Carlesimo
Stan Van Gundy
Air dates since January 21, 1996

The NBA on ESPN Radio is a broadcast of National Basketball Association games on the ESPN Radio network. The program began on January 21, 1996 and the current contract runs through the 2015-2016 season. The coverage can also be heard on ESPN Radio.com and on ESPN Radio's iOS application. Most NBA on ESPN Radio games are also streamed on mobile devices and on the Xbox 360 video game console via the iHeartRadio application, as KTZN, Alaska's ESPN Radio affiliate which streams on iHeartRadio, would sometimes broadcast the games.[1]

Overview[edit]

As the primary national radio partner of the NBA, ESPN Radio broadcasts games on a weekly basis including some of the league's marquee events:

Broadcasters[edit]

Since the debut of NBA games on the network, ESPN Radio games have featured the lead broadcast team of Jim Durham on play-by-play and Dr. Jack Ramsay as the color commentator. Other broadcasters have included Kevin Calabro, Brent Musburger, Tim Legler, Howard David, Dave Flemming, Doug Brown, and Will Perdue. Musburger has called several NBA Finals for ESPN Radio, his last being the 2004 NBA Finals.

In June 2006, ESPN announced that Mike Tirico would replace Jim Durham on NBA Finals games starting in 2007. Initially, Dr. Jack Ramsay said that he would retire.

Working with [Jim Durham] is a pleasure, he's the best play-by-play guy in the business, and I will miss very much not working with him. But we were not going to work the Finals together, and I didn't want to do it with anybody else.

Ramsay did not retire; as of the 2008-09 NBA season, he worked regular season games with Durham, until Western Conference Finals. Tirico along with Hubie Brown calls Eastern Conference Finals and NBA Finals. Ramsay joined them in the 2009 NBA Finals. Durham called the 2010 Finals, as Tirico was on assignment at the World Cup. Tirico did not call either of the conference finals played in 2012 due to other commitments; Durham and Ramsay called the Eastern Conference Finals, while Calabro and Brown called the Western Conference Finals. The Durham-Brown-Ramsay trio called the 2012 NBA Finals. Durham's last assignment was the opening game of the 2012–13 NBA season between the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat, shortly before his death on November 5. Durham was replaced by Calabro, who called the remainder of the network's regular season games. Ramsay stepped away from the booth in May to focus on his cancer treatment. Calabro and Brown called the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals, while Dave Pasch and Chris Mullin called the Western Conference Finals. The ABC secondary team of Tirico and Brown called the 2013 NBA Finals.

For the 2013–14 NBA season, ESPN assembled a brand new team for the games. Kevin Calabro returned as the main play-by-play voice for the NBA on ESPN Radio, and joining him as the analyst was Jon Barry. They also announced the secondary team would consist of Marc Kestecher and PJ Carlesimo for the occasional double headers. Stan Van Gundy would also serve as an analyst for 10 games.[2] Jim Spanarkel would be brought over as an analyst for one playoff game when Barry was away for TV duties, Carlesimo was calling the other weekend game for ESPN Radio, and Van Gundy wasn't available during the 2014 NBA Playoffs on ESPN Radio.

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