List of San Francisco 49ers broadcasters
The 49ers' flagship radio stations are KSAN 107.7 FM ("The Bone"), KNBR 680 AM, and KTCT 1050 AM. KSAN airs all 49ers games on FM. On AM, they are simulcast on KTCT in August, September, and October and on KNBR from October to the end of the season. All three stations are owned by Cumulus Media. Joe Starkey, best known as the voice of the University of California and The Play, was previously the color commentator on the broadcasts next to legendary announcer Lon Simmons in 1987 and 1988 and took over as lead commentator in 1989. Lon Simmons and Gordy Soltau did the broadcasts on KSFO in the 1950s and 1960s. For a brief period in the late 1970s and early 1980s Don Klein, the Voice of Stanford did the 49er games. Starkey first teamed with former Detroit Lions and KPIX Sports Director, Wayne Walker and then former 49ers linebacker Gary Plummer formed the broadcast team from 1998 to 2008, with Starkey retiring after the 2008 season. Ted Robinson replaced Starkey and teamed up with Plummer for the 2009-10 seasons, then with Eric Davis from 2011-13. In the 2014 season Robinson will team with Tim Ryan on the broadcasts.
Regular season games are mostly broadcast locally on FOX (KTVU), though some games are broadcast on CBS (KPIX) if the 49ers host a team from the AFC. Nationally televised night games on Sunday Night Football (NBC) and Monday Night Football (ESPN), as well as Thursday night special games (NFL Network), are also occasionally played (though the number of these broadcasts is dependent on the 49ers' success from the previous season, however under current television rules the 49ers and/or their crosstown rivals the Oakland Raiders get at least one national TV game each year because of complications relating to the Bay Area television market).