Brian Anderson (broadcaster)
|Born||June 7, 1971|
Brian Anderson is an American sportscaster. Since 2007, he has called play-by-play for the Milwaukee Brewers' telecasts on FSN Wisconsin. As a part of his work on the 2007 Brewers Preview Show, Anderson and the FSN team were awarded a regional Emmy Award.
From 1998–2000, Anderson handled Minor League and Little League Baseball telecasts for ESPN. He received his start in baseball with the San Antonio Missions, the Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, serving as a radio/television play-by-play announcer from 1994–98 and from 2000–03.
Anderson joined the Brewers from The Golf Channel, where he worked as a play-by-play announcer from 2003–06. In his role there, he served as a host for a variety of the network's events, including the PGA and Nationwide Tours. Anderson also worked at FSN Southwest as a sideline reporter for the San Antonio Spurs from 1999–07, where he saw the Spurs win three NBA Championships.
Starting in 2007, Anderson moved on to be the play-by-play announcer for the Milwaukee Brewers on FSN Wisconsin. He is joined by color commentator Bill Schroeder. The duo occasionally also did games for WMLW, a local over-the-air channel in the Milwaukee metro area, but FS Wisconsin has since become the exclusive local broadcast partner for the Brewers. Anderson remains a member of the Brewers' broadcast booth today.
Since 2008, Anderson has been tabbed by TBS to do play-by-play for the network's coverage of the Postseason, National League Division Series, calling the Brewers-Phillies series in 2008, the Rockies-Phillies series in 2009, the Reds-Phillies series in 2010, and for the network's coverage of the American League Division Series, calling the Yankees-Tigers series in 2011, the 2012 Wildcard and NLDS, the 2013 Tiebreaker, Wildcard, and ALDS between the Red Sox and Rays.
In 2010, TBS named him as play-by play announcer on Sunday MLB on TBS regular season broadcasts. In addition, Anderson started calling NCAA basketball games for ESPN during the 2009–2010 season and is currently calling NCAA basketball for Turner/CBS and Big Ten Network.
Because of Ernie Johnson stepping aside for the 2011 playoffs to care for his son Michael (who suffers from muscular dystrophy and was placed in intensive care around the same time as the playoffs), Anderson called the 2011 National League Championship Series for TBS, which only by coincidence had the Brewers against the Cardinals; his role was announced before the playoff seedings for the NLDS were fully set.
Since 2012, Anderson has called play-by-play for Turner Sports and CBS NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. His broadcast partner is analyst Dan Bonner. In 2013, he was named lead host for TNT's exclusive coverage of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. He is also named play-by-play announcer for Fox College Hoops. Anderson replaced an ailing Marv Albert to call undefeated Kentucky's thrilling 68-66 win over Notre Dame at the 2015 NCAA Midwest Regional final in Cleveland, Ohio. He also served as commentator for the Michigan State Spartans team cast during their Final Four game against Duke.
Beginning in 2014, Anderson added NBA on TNT duties to his resume, with Wisconsin Badgers play-by-play man Matt Lepay substituting for him on Fox Sports Wisconsin for Brewers games. He will also do some NFL on CBS games during the busier weeks of the 2014 NFL season when the network's six or seven announcing teams aren't enough to cover the network's games.
Anderson played catcher on the nationally ranked baseball team at St. Mary's University, Texas and graduated Cum Laude from the school in 1993 with a degree in English-communications. He has a wife and one child.
Anderson is a Christian. Anderson has spoken about his faith saying, "Not everything depends on what is happening in my particular space. I don’t live or die with my call of a game or a win or loss, or something good or bad at home. I know there is a greater picture, a greater hope; and that is eternity [in Heaven]. ... I will trust in God, who gave His only Son as the ultimate sacrifice, and He did it for me."
- Heistand, Michael (27 September 2011). "Family situation keeps TBS' Ernie Johnson from MLB playoffs". USA Today (Gannett Company). pp. C3. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
- Wolfley, Bob (22 February 2012). "Brewers' Anderson will work NCAA basketball tournament telecasts". SportsDay with Bob Wolfley (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Retrieved 2 March 2012.
- "Marv Albert is 'under the weather', Replaced by Brian Anderson for Call of Kentucky-Notre Dame". USA Today. March 28, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2015.
- "Cleaves to be analyst on MSU Final Four homer broadcast". Detroit Free Press. March 31, 2015. Retrieved April 4, 2015.
- Deitsch, Richard (16 June 2014). "What's next for ESPN NBA Countdown?; CBS's NFL moves". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
- "Brewers’ TV Announcer Tells His Faith Story’s Play-by-Play".