Published on Monday, 31 December 2012 12:05
On January 7th, two of the most famous college football programs in America, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Alabama Crimson Tide will face off in the 2013 BCS National Championship bowl game. In addition to electrifying football fans nationwide by having the #1 ranked team take on the #2 ranked team, the Chicago market is especially excited, having local favorite Notre Dame take part in the contest. Chicago radio & television will have a great deal of special programming surrounding this game.
The 2013 BCS National Championship will be played the evening of January 7th at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL.
Nationally, the television broadcast will be seen on ESPN (in English) and ESPN Deportes (in Spanish), beginning at 7:30pm CT. ESPN will have Brent Musburger and Kirk Herbstreit calling the game, with sideline reporters Heather Cox & Tom Rinaldi. ESPN Deportes will have Eduardo Varela & Pablo Viruega calling the game.
There will be a national radio broadcast via ESPN Radio. That broadcast will feature feature Mike Tirico and Todd Blackledge calling the game, along with sideline reporter Holly Rowe. Locally, the national broadcast will be heard on WMVP-AM/ESPN 1000, with coverage beginning at 6:30pm. That could be push back to 7:00pm, as WMVP-AM is also looking at doing something special and local from 6:30pm-7:00pm, the details of which are not yet finalized.
ESPN 1000's syndicated morning show, "Mike & Mike" will be broadcasting live from Miami the morning of the game, as well as the following morning. Host Mike Golic's son Jake currently plays for Notre Dame. Mike Golic, his two brothers, and his other son Mike Jr., all played football for the university, so his loyalties will be obvious. Additionally, WMVP-AM's local afternoon program, "Carman, Jurko, and Harry" will be broadcasting their show live from a location in Miami on January 7th, leading up to the big game.
ESPN 1000's game broadcast will be just one of two radio broadcasts heard in Chicago, however...
All season long, WLS-AM has aired the IMG College Sports broadcasts of Notre Dame football. On January 7th, it will also air the Notre Dame broadcast of the BCS Championship game with Notre Dame. As it has been all season, the game will be called by Don Criqui and Allen Pinkett, with sideline reporter Jeff Jeffers.
Beyond that, WLS-AM will also have plenty of Notre Dame coverage. The station is sending Chet Coppock, Chicago sports talk legend and host of WLS-AM's Notre Dame pre-game shows, to Miami, FL in advance of the big game. He will be made available for WLS-AM's morning and afternoon live & local shows, should the subject of the BCS Championship come up. On January 7th, Coppock will be part of the "Roe & Roeper Show" near the end of its broadcast time to promote the game, followed by Coppock's pre-game show. Chet Coppock will return to the airwaves after the BCS Championship broadcast for a brief post-game wrap-up, exclusive to WLS-AM and Chicago.
On top of all that, Chet Coppock will host a three-hour show the night before, Sunday, January 6th, starting at 9:00pm. This program will look at this year's incredible undefeated season for the Fighting Irish and the game ahead of them. Among the guests will be ND Alum, Joe Theismann. This will preempt the syndicated Bill Cunningham show for this one weekend only.
Saturday morning, January 5th, WLS-AM will have a very special episode of the "Jack Swarbrick Radio Show." Swarbrick, Notre Dame University's Director of Athletics, and co-host Dave Juday, will be discussing ND Football's year and their hopes for a victory Monday.
In addition to being heard locally on WLS-AM on Monday night, the Notre Dame game broadcast will also be heard live on SiriusXM satellite radio on channel 129.
It isn't just two local radio stations that is getting excited about this big college football game, either...
WLS-TV/ABC 7 will have a special 30 minute presentation just before the big game. On Monday, January 7th, ABC7 sports anchor Mark Giangreco will be in Miami, hosting the "BCS National Championship Pregame Show," looking at the game from a local perspective. This will air from 6:30pm-7:00pm, preempting the syndicated "Wheel Of Fortune" game show.
Before any of the above takes place, Comcast SportsNet Chicago will present a special on January 2nd at 9:00pm. That 30-minute show, entitled "Notre Dame National Championship Bowl Preview Special," will be hosted by CSN Chicago's Chuck Garfien, along with Tony Rice, quarterback of the 1988 national champion Fighting Irish. This special was filmed entirely on location on the Notre Dame campus.
Among the highlights of the "Notre Dame National Championship Bowl Preview Special" are:
- Garfien's exclusive interview with Heisman Trophy runner-up Manti Te'o who discusses this winning season, and how he has coped with the heartbreaking personal losses within a 24-hour period.
- An interview with Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick on how this year's successes have placed his school into the national spotlight once again.
- Rice's tour of the Fighting Irish locker room, tunnel and field, along with his recollections of what it's like to play for this famed college football program.
- Comments from former ND football greats Rick Mirer, Reggie Brooks, and Joe Theismann with their thoughts on the Fighting Irish's chances against the favored Crimson Tide.
- Interviews with numerous players/coaches from both ND and Alabama.