(East Los Angeles, CA)[From The Editor’s Desk]: The Los Angeles Chargers have just released the members of both their English and Spanish Broadcast Teams for the 2023 Pre-season schedule.
Please give a good read on the release that will have all of the new additions, and other important details on who will be calling the games both on TV, Radio, and other forms of covering the team. Whatever is scheduled to happen during these first three-weeks of pre-season match-ups, in this all-important area of promoting the team, you’ll find it right here in this announcement.
CHARGERS BROADCAST TEAMS SET FOR 2023 PRESEASON GAMES
Pro Football Hall of Famers Dan Fouts and LaDainian Tomlinson, along with NBC’s newly minted play-by-play voice of Big Ten Saturday Night Noah Eagle, will return as the dynamic broadcast trio for CBS Los Angeles’ Chargers preseason games this August. Additionally, Estrella TV 62 will once again simulcast Que Buena 105.5/94.3 FM’s Spanish language broadcast of all three preseason games featuring fan favorites Adrian Garcia-Marquez and Francisco Pinto.
Fouts, the 1982 NFL Most Valuable Player who became the first player in league history to throw for 4,000 yards in three consecutive seasons, has spent more than three decades crafting a Hall of Fame broadcasting career after a Hall of Fame playing career. Entering the booth in 1988, Fouts’ list of partners reads as a who’s-who of play-by-play icons and includes — among others — the likes of Dick Stockton, James Brown, Verne Lundquist, Brad Nessler, Jim Nantz, Jack Buck, Tim Ryan, Brent Musburger, Keith Jackson, Dick Enberg, Ian Eagle (father of Noah) and Al Michaels on Monday Night Football.
Eagle returns for his second season as the play-by-play announcer for the Chargers preseason broadcast team. In addition to his role with the Chargers, Eagle was announced as the voice of NBC’s Big Ten Saturday Night this past February, having previously called college football for FOX last season and CBS in 2021. Last December on NFL Network, Eagle handled play-by-play for Week 15’s Vikings-Colts matchup that ultimately proved to be the largest come-from-behind victory in NFL history. Eagle, who served as radio play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Clippers from 2019-2023, has also called an NFL game on Nickelodeon in each of the past three seasons. In addition to his college football, NBA and NFL duties, Eagle also has called college lacrosse on Sirius XM and worked for the Tennis Channel during the U.S. Open.
Tomlinson, the 2006 NFL Most Valuable Player, ranked fifth at the time of his retirement in career rushing yards (13,684), seventh in all-purpose yards (18,456), second in career rushing touchdowns (145), and third in total touchdowns (162). His 624 receptions were the third-most ever recorded by an NFL running back. Currently a studio analyst for numerous NFL Network programs such as NFL Total Access, “LT” will bring his wealth of knowledge and experience to the sideline this preseason to provide updates, insight and conduct in-game interviews with the Chargers star players.
All preseason games featuring Eagle, Fouts and Tomlinson can be seen on CBS Los Angeles with the Bolts Central pre and postgame shows hosted by former Charger and broadcast legend Jim Hill. Chargers team reporter Hayley Elwood, former Chargers safety Jaleel Addae and CBS Los Angeles’ sports reporter Chris Hayre will provide insider commentary for all Bolts Central programming, which will also feature a number of special guests including former Chargers players.
The Chargers open the preseason on the road against the Rams in what will be the teams’ 40th preseason meeting (5:30 pm PT pregame show), host New Orleans in Week 2 of the preseason (3:30 pm PT pregame show) and head to San Francisco to face the 49ers in their preseason finale (6:30 pm PT pregame show).
Now in the fourth year as Official Spanish Language Preseason Television and Radio Home of the Los Angeles Chargers, EstrellaTV 62 Los Angeles (KRCA) and Que Buena 105.5/94.3 FM (KBUE) will once again simulcast the call of Spanish Voice of the Chargers Adrian Garcia-Marquez and Los Angeles sports fixture Francisco Pinto.
Garcia-Marquez, who spent six seasons alongside Pinto as “La Voz de Los Lakers” on television where he won an Emmy Award for ‘Live Sports Coverage,’ two NBA ‘Best Live Call’ awards and three Southern California Broadcaster Association Awards for best ‘TV Play-by-Play,’ continues to maintain a large national broadcast profile having called Super Bowl LIV, the World Series on six occasions, World Cup action and numerous marquee boxing matches. Having established himself as one of the industry’s most respected and in-demand play-by-play announcers, including his newest role as a featured play-by-play voice on Apple’s MLS Season pass, Garcia Marquez’s dramatic calls of Chargers action routinely go viral across social media platforms and have endeared him to Bolt fans across the country.
Pinto, equally decorated with a pair of NBA Broadcasting Awards for ‘Best Live Call’ and an LA Area Emmy Award for ‘Live Sports Coverage’ during his time with the Lakers, previously spent more than a decade with KMEX-TV Univision as sports anchor and later host of the station’s morning newscast ‘Primera Edición.’ In addition to his team broadcast work, which also currently includes a featured game analyst role on Apple’s MLS Season Pass, Pinto has covered some of the sports world’s largest events including two World Cups and several NBA Finals, Super Bowls, World Series and world title boxing matches.
In addition to televising all preseason games available to air in Southern California, EstrellaTV 62 continues to offer pre and postgame shows for preseason games, a weekly Chargers series throughout the season and Chargers news features throughout the year.
For the radio audience, English-language broadcasts of all three preseason games will air on ALT 98.7, iHeartMedia Los Angeles’ New Alternative station. The best-in-class broadcasts continue to feature the voice of long-time Los Angeles radio personality Matt “Money” Smith along with NFL Network lead draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah and sideline reporter Shannon Farren, co-host of KFI AM 640’s popular Gary and Shannon Show.