NCAA® Men’s Final Four® also to be Broadcast in Spanish, Presented by Werner Ladder
Westwood One’s Final Four® Coverage Connects College Hoops Fans and Consumers across Multiple Platforms – 500+ Radio Stations, SiriusXM, NCAA March Madness Live™, and on TuneIn Premium; plus via Free Online Streaming at WestwoodOneSports.com, The Varsity Network App, and on Alexa-Enabled Devices
NEW YORK, NY, March 31, 2022 – CUMULUS MEDIA’s Westwood One (NASDAQ: CMLS), the largest radio network in the U.S., and the exclusive national audio partner of the NCAA, will present comprehensive coverage of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Final Four in New Orleans. Westwood One’s broadcast on Saturday, April 2 will begin at 3:30 p.m. ET with The Final Four Show. Coverage of the first national semifinal between Villanova Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks will start at 4:30 p.m. ET, live from Caesars Superdome, followed by the second national semifinal, featuring basketball’s most legendary rivalry, as the North Carolina Tarheels take on Duke Blue Devils. On Monday, April 4, coverage will commence at 6:30 p.m. ET with the pregame show, Championship Monday, followed by the NCAA Men’s Championship Game broadcast at 7:30 p.m. ET. Westwood One will also broadcast all three games in Spanish.
In addition, Westwood One will provide complete play-by-play coverage of the NCAA Women’s Final Four and Championship Game from Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Women’s semifinals will be broadcast on Friday, April 1, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET as South Carolina Gamecocks take on the Louisville Cardinals. Immediately following, the Connecticut Huskies will battle the Stanford Cardinals. Coverage of the Women’s National Championship Game will commence on Sunday, April 3 at 7:45 p.m. ET. Westwood One has broadcast the Women’s Final Four every year since 1998.
All-Star Broadcast Teams
Men’s Final Four (English)
The trio of Kevin Kugler, PJ Carlesimo, and Clark Kellogg will announce all the action for the Men’s Final Four and the National Championship in English. Kellogg will once again do double-duty in New Orleans, also serving as pregame, halftime and postgame analyst for CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ television coverage. This is Kugler’s 14th Final Four for the network. Andy Katz joins the crew this year as courtside reporter and three-time NCAA Player of the Year and Hall of Famer Bill Walton will provide pregame, halftime, and postgame analysis. Jason Horowitz and Doug Gottlieb will host Westwood One’s coverage of The Final Four and National Championship.
Spanish Language Coverage
For the fifth straight tournament, the Spanish-language broadcast will be called by Rafael Hernández Brito (play-by-play). Former All-American Greivis Vásquez will provide analysis for the fourth time, and Carlos Morales will serve as the pregame/halftime host. The Final Four Spanish broadcast is presented by Werner Ladder, the official ladder of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships.
Women’s Final Four (English)
The Westwood One broadcast crew for the Women’s Final Four will include Ryan Radtke on play-by-play and Debbie Antonelli as lead color analyst, her 19th time in that role and 26th year overall with the network. Krista Blunk will serve as courtside reporter. Lance Medow will host the pregame, halftime, and postgame shows.
Where to Listen
Westwood One’s Final Four coverage can be heard on terrestrial radio stations nationwide and via SiriusXM. All three games will also be streamed online for free on westwoodonesports.com. Additionally, the broadcasts will be available for free via the NCAA March Madness Live app or The Varsity Network app. Fans can also access live audio via Alexa-enabled devices by saying, “Alexa, open Westwood One Sports”. TuneIn.com premium subscribers can also hear all the action live.
For a complete schedule of games, announcer bios, exclusive audio content, and a list of radio stations airing Westwood One’s broadcast of the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Championship, log on to westwoodonesports.com.
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About Westwood One
Westwood One, the national-facing arm of Cumulus Media (NSDQ: CMLS), offers iconic, nationally syndicated sports, news, and entertainment content to more than 250 million monthly listeners across an audio network of nearly 9,500 affiliated broadcast radio stations and media partners. Westwood One is the largest audio network in America, home to premium content that defines the culture, including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, CNN, the AP, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and Westwood One Backstage. Westwood One broadcasts some of the most exciting sporting events across multiple audio platforms. In addition to NCAA Basketball, including the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Championships and the Final Four; it is also the exclusive provider of the Men’s and Women’s Frozen Four, the Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse Championship, and the Men’s and Women’s College World Series. Westwood One has been the exclusive network radio partner to the NFL since 1987. Westwood One also distributes and represents CBS Sports Radio. The rapidly growing Cumulus Podcast Network delivers popular network and industry personalities and programs. Westwood One connects listeners with their passions through programs and platforms that have everyone listening. For more information, please visit www.westwoodone.com.
About Cumulus Media
Cumulus Media (NASDAQ: CMLS) is an audio-first media company delivering premium content to over a quarter billion people every month — wherever and whenever they want it. Cumulus Media engages listeners with high-quality local programming through 406 owned-and-operated radio stations across 86 markets; delivers nationally-syndicated sports, news, talk, and entertainment programming from iconic brands including the NFL, the NCAA, the Masters, CNN, the AP, the Academy of Country Music Awards, and many other world-class partners across more than 9,500 affiliated stations through Westwood One, the largest audio network in America; and inspires listeners through the Cumulus Podcast Network, its rapidly growing network of original podcasts that are smart, entertaining and thought-provoking. Cumulus Media provides advertisers with personal connections, local impact and national reach through broadcast and on-demand digital, mobile, social, and voice-activated platforms, as well as integrated digital marketing services, powerful influencers, full-service audio solutions, industry-leading research and insights, and live event experiences. Cumulus Media is the only audio media company to provide marketers with local and national advertising performance guarantees. For more information visit www.cumulusmedia.com.
About the NCAA
The NCAA is a diverse association of more than 1,100 member colleges and universities that prioritize academics, well-being and fairness to create greater opportunities for nearly half a million student-athletes each year. The NCAA provides a pathway to higher education and beyond for student-athletes pursuing academic goals and competing in NCAA sports. More than 54,000 student-athletes experience the pinnacle of intercollegiate athletics by competing in NCAA championships each year. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association and the corporate partnerships that support the NCAA and its student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola as official corporate champions and the following elite companies as official corporate partners: Aflac, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Geico, Great Clips, Invesco, LG, Marriott Bonvoy, Nabisco, Nissan, Pizza Hut, Reese’s, Unilever and Wendy’s.
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