October 22, 2012

Radio broadcast team announced for NKU’s inaugural season of Division I basketball

Radio broadcast team announced for NKU’s inaugural season of Division I basketball


Some familiar voices for Northern Kentucky sports fans will be calling NKU men’s basketball games during the program’s inaugural season in Division I.


Northern Kentucky University and Nelligan Sports Marketing, NKU’s multimedia rights holder, have announced the hiring of Jim Kelch, Richard Skinner and Steve Moeller as the radio broadcast crew for Norse basketball this season.


Kelch and Skinner will serve as the NKU play-by-play announcers, while Moeller will provide color analysis. NKU basketball broadcasts can be heard again this season on WQRT 1160 AM.


“We’re excited to announce our broadcast team for the 2012-13 season,” said NSM senior vice president John Penny. “Jim, Richard and Steve are all tremendous announcers who have a connection with the community. NKU’s inaugural Division I men’s basketball season will be very special and it is fitting that we’ve been able to assemble such a top-notch broadcast team.”


Kelch is a veteran announcer with a wealth of experience calling both baseball and basketball games. He has served as a full-time broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds since 2010, doing both radio and television. Kelch had been the play-by-play voice for Class AAA Louisville baseball since 1989, and during the 2008 and ‘09 seasons, he filled in on Reds on Radio and FOX Sports Ohio television broadcasts.


While in Louisville from 1993-1997, he filled in as the play-by-play voice on the St. Louis Cardinals radio network. Kelch’s broadcast career began in 1984 in his hometown of Peoria, Ill., with the Class A Peoria Chiefs of the Midwest League. After three years he moved to Chattanooga, Tenn., where he broadcast Class AA Chattanooga Lookouts games in 1987 and ‘88. While in Chattanooga, Kelch also was involved in the radio and TV broadcasts of the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga basketball team.


He has done television play-by-play for the NCAA Division II men’s national semifinals in basketball, television work for the University of Louisville and Bellarmine University and also did radio play-by-play for the University of Louisville women’s basketball games, including the NCAA women’s basketball national championship contest in 2009.


Skinner is also a veteran radio announcer with years of experience in print media as well. He hosted the popular sports-talk show “Two Angry Guys,” from 1996-2008, is the main Northern Kentucky sports reporter for The Enquirer, has been a regular on the weekly WKRC-TV (Local 12) Sunday night show “The Sports Authority” for the last 10 years and also is a sports anchor at the station.


Skinner has done play-by-play for NKU on cable television and radio as well as play-by-play for Thomas More College. He was also radio play-by-play announcer for the Cincinnati Commandos indoor football team and has done play-by-play for numerous area high school football, basketball and baseball broadcasts.


Skinner worked the Kentucky Post from 1991-2003 and served as the University of Kentucky football and basketball beat writer from 1999-2003.


Moeller is a former assistant basketball coach at the University of Cincinnati who helped build the Bearcats into a national power in the 1990s. He worked for Bob Huggins while at UC and later became an assistant athletic director at the school.


Moeller has 29 years of basketball coaching experience, and he was also an assistant coach for Abe Lemons at the University of Texas when the Longhorns won the NIT championship in 1978.


“This is an outstanding broadcast team with Jim, Richard and Steve,” NKU director of athletics Scott Eaton said. “It’s a very exciting time for us as we get ready for our first basketball season in Division I, and our radio crew features a great deal of experience, talent and basketball knowledge.”


NKU opens its inaugural Division I season Nov. 14 with a road game at the University of San Diego.


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