The LA Tech Sports Network is product of the joint effort of Louisiana Tech and the LA Tech Sports Properties division of Learfield Sports.
|| Football Broadcasts
KXKZ 107.5 FM will serve as the flagship station for the LA Tech Sports Network for the 15th straight year as the 100,000 watt station will carry all of the Bulldog football games in 2013.
Its sister station- KNBB 97.7 FM - will host Hill Oil's Inside Bulldog Football with Skip Holtz radio show each and every Monday throughout the season at The Dawg House Sports Grill with a new start time of 6 p.m. The first edition of Hill Oil's Inside Bulldog Football is scheduled for Aug. 26.
The 12 affiliate network will continue to provide coverage across the region, bringing the Bulldogs to listeners in Arkansas, East Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. In addition to the affiliates in Ruston, the LA Tech Sports Network will also include KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield), KDBS 1410 AM (Alexandria), KTKC 92.9 (Springhill), KBEF 104.5 FM (Minden), KASO 1240 AM (Minden), KPCH 99.3 (Ruston), KVCL 92.1 FM (Winnfield), KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport/Bossier City), KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport/Bossier City) and WUBR 910 AM (Baton Rouge).
All Bulldog football games can also be accessed online by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access on LATechSports.com. Cost of a subscription to LA Tech All-Access is only $9.95 per month or $79.95 for the entire year (which includes all live broadcasts for all of Tech's athletic teams).
Starting this year, fans can also choose to purchase the C-USA Digital Network subscription for $14.95 per month or $119.95 per year which includes all of the above content as well as audio and video for all road C-USA games along with additional video content throughout the year.
This fall all of the Tech football broadcasts can be heard on the LA Tech Sports Network as Dave Nitz, Teddy Allen, Malcolm Butler, Bennie Thornell, Ryan Kavanaugh and Mason Ellenberger comprise the broadcast team.
Nitz enters his 39th year of calling Bulldog football games as the legendary Voice of the Bulldogs has been calling games since 1974 along with Tech men's basketball and baseball contests. Nitz was named the 2009 Louisiana Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association and finished first this past June in the Louisiana Sports Writers Association (LSWA) College Radio Play by Play category with his call of the final minutes of the Bulldogs 59-57 loss to Texas A&M during the 2012 season.
Allen enters his third season behind the mic as he will serve as the color commentator for all 12 contests. The 1982 Tech journalism graduate is a well-known, highly-read award-winning Louisiana journalist having covered local sports for Shreveport, Monroe and New Orleans dailies from 1984 until 1990. He has written columns for the News-Star and the Times for the past 22 years.
Butler, who will enter his first season on the sideline as part of the football broadcast team, has served as the voice of Lady Techster basketball for 14 seasons, broadcasting almost 400 games, including 15 NCAA Tournament contests. He also broadcasts LA Tech softball games during the spring while serving as the host for the LA Tech Daily Show throughout the school year. He finished second behind Nitz in the 2013 LSWA College Radio Play by Play competition.
Thornell begins his 24th year as a member of the LA Tech Sports Network as he will serve as the statistician for the majority of Bulldog football games this year. A 1969 graduate of the Louisiana Tech marketing department, Thornell began his association with the LA Tech Sports Network in 1990 as the statistician before moving down to the sideline in 1996 where he has spent the majority of his time.
Kavanaugh is a 2013 graduate of Louisiana Tech and will begin his third year as part of the broadcast team, serving as the engineer for all Bulldog games. He is also a regular on numerous local sports talk shows which air on ESPN 97.7 FM.
Ellenberger is the general manager for LA Tech Sports, a property of Learfield Sports and the multimedia rights holder for Louisiana Tech Athletics which oversees all aspects of the LA Tech Sports Network. Ellenberger, who enters his fifth year as a member of the LA Tech Athletics family, was instrumental in the growth of LA Tech Sports Properties which was recognized as the #1 new growth property in the Learfield Sports portfolio in 2009-10.
The LA Tech Sports Network team will host a one-hour pregame show prior to each kickoff and a 30-minute post-game show. Tech Gameday, a two-hour pre-pregame show, will also air prior to each home contest at Joe Aillet Stadium live from Tailgate Alley.
For more information on the LA Tech Sports Network, call Ellenberger at 318-257-5331 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|| Basketball Broadcasts
LA Tech Sports Properties begins its fifth year as part of the University's athletic family and is in charge of the LA Tech Sports Network which will cover every Lady Techster and Bulldog basketball game this season. Every regular season, conference tournament and postseason contest will air live with a 30-minute pregame show and a 30-minute postgame wrap-up.
During the 2012-13 basketball season, the Bulldogs will air live on KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston) and KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) while the Lady Techsters will air live on ESPN 97.7 FM (Ruston) and KTKC 92.9 FM (Springhill) with just a few exceptions. Also, the majority of conference games for both teams will be aired on KVCL 92.1 FM (Winnfield). A select number of men's games will also be aired on KTKC 92.9 FM (Springhill) while a select number of women's games will air on KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield) - see schedule below.
Louisiana Tech Associate Athletics Director Malcolm Butler enters his 14th season providing the live play-by-play action of Lady Techster basketball while also serving as the program's media relations director. Butler began his broadcasting during the 1999-2000 season serving as the color analyst before taking over the following year as the play-by-play voice.
Dave Nitz begins his 38th year as the Voice of the Bulldog basketball team and has broadcast more than 2,000 Louisiana Tech sporting events since joining the University in 1974. He was inducted into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame in October of 2011.
Nitz will be joined by color analyst Jack Thigpen, who won more than 500 games on the high school level in Louisiana while also serving as an assistant coach on the collegiate level, including one stint with the Bulldogs.
All Bulldog and Lady Techster games can be accessed via the internet by logging onto www.latechsports.com and subscribing to LA Tech All-Access, a subscription-based web service that will provide the audio feed of every game (home and away) and the video feed of the home games.
For more information on the LA Tech Sports Network, call General Manager Mason Ellenberger at 318-257-5331.
|| Baseball Broadcasts
The LA Tech Sports Network will broadcast 30 regular season games and all postseason games on KNBB-FM (97.7) in Ruston and several home and away contests on LA Tech All-Access. Dave Nitz will call the action over the radio with Patrick Walsh and Josh McDaniel splitting the duties on LA Tech All-Access broadcats.