|ASU Announces Centennial Shootout Broadcast Team|
JONESBORO (6/27/11) - The Arkansas State Department of Athletics has announced the broadcast team for its Sept. 24 televised football game against UCA at ASU Stadium, including play-by-play announcer Matt Stolz, color analyst Sean Tuohy and sideline reporter Doug Doggett.
Sponsored by Centennial Bank and originating from KATV, the ABC affiliate in Little Rock, the actual broadcast is being promoted as the "Centennial Shootout" and will include a pre-game show prior to the 7:00 p.m. kickoff. KAIT, the ABC affiliate in Jonesboro, will also air the game, and additional affiliates will be announced as they are secured.
"We are very excited to announce our broadcast team for the Centennial Shootout telecast," said ASU Director of Athletics Dr. Dean Lee. "We feel the team that's been assembled will not only strengthen the broadcast, but bring an additional amount of credibility to the telecast that we are already confident will be a first-class production.
"Everyone familiar with our radio network knows what a tremendous talent Matt Stolz is and his dedication to making each broadcast the best it can possibly be," added Lee. "We're also thrilled that we've been able to secure someone as experienced and highly regarded in the business as Sean Touhy. Sean will bring a great amount of professionalism to the table, and we are confident he will contribute an interesting perspective on the game. Doug Doggett is a valuable part of our athletic department and well-respected within the community, and we're very happy to have him covering the sidelines for the game."
Stolz is in his sixth season as the "Voice of the Red Wolves," calling play-by-play for Arkansas State football, men's basketball and baseball on the EAB Sports Network. He broadcasts locally and travels with all three teams, while remaining a local radio personality on the new KFIN Morning Show which airs weekday mornings on 107.9 FM in the Jonesboro and northeast Arkansas area. The University of North Texas graduate joined East Arkansas Broadcasters in July 2005 after serving as a sports director and morning show host with Crain Media Group in Searcy, Ark.
"This is obviously great exposure for Arkansas State University, and I'm honored to be a part of it," said Stolz. "I look forward to working with Sean Tuohy as well as the entire broadcast team. This great opportunity for not only the school, but everyone involved is something we're anxious to take advantage of."
With Stolz stepping out of his usual role as play-by-play commentator on the EAB Sports Network for the UCA game, Brad Bobo will fill his position on the radio. Bobo, ASU's Director of Corporate Sales, is entering his ninth year as the broadcast engineer for the radio network and also handles play-by-play duties for the ASU women's basketball team. Arkansas High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame member and former Newport High School head football coach Bill Keedy will return for his 11th year as an analyst for the radio network.
Tuohy just completed his 10th season as a color commentator for the Memphis Grizzlies, including his fourth on television broadcasts. Prior to joining the Grizzlies broadcast booth, Tuohy spent seven seasons as a radio analyst for Ole Miss broadcasts as well as national broadcasts for Westwood One and CBS Radio. A former standout point guard on the Ole Miss basketball team, the New Orleans, La. native was inducted into the school's Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
Tuohy has been married to the former Leigh Anne Roberts for 28 years, and they are the parents of daughter Collins and sons Michael Oher and Sean, Jr. The life and childhood of Oher, now a standout offensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens, was the subject of the 2006 New York Times best seller The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis.
The book was adapted into the 2009 film The Blind Side, which earned numerous accolades, including an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture. Starring Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne and Tim McGraw as Sean, the film grossed over $250 million domestically, making it the highest-grossing sports drama of all-time.
Doggett, ASU's Associate Athletic Director for External Operations and Director of the Red Wolf Club, is a familiar voice and face to Red Wolves fans, occasionally handling play-by-play duties for A-State's baseball team and often moderating athletic event functions. Doggett will roam the sidelines during the telecast, bringing interviews and inside information to the viewers.
Season tickets for the Red Wolves' 2011 campaign, which includes six home games, are on sale and can be ordered by contacting the ASU Box Office at 870-972-ASU1 or 1-888-ASU-FANS or by visiting AStateRedWolves.com. For more information, contact the ASU Marketing Department at 870-972-3880.