The Westwood One/Dial Global/NCAA Radio Network will provide complete play-by-play coverage of all three games of the NCAA Women’s Final Four in Denver to more than 200 radio stations across America. In addition, Westwood One/Dial Global will provide coverage of all four women’s regional finals. You can find your local affiliate at right here on DialGlobalSports.com. Once again this year, all games of the Women’s regionals and the Women’s Final Four will be simulcast on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, streamed on NCAA.com and DialGlobalSports.com, and available on mobile devices as well.
The Westwood One/Dial Global/NCAA Radio Network’s broadcast crew includes Dave Ryan, who will be calling the Women’s Final Four play-by-play for the first time on national radio. Ryan previously called Women’s NCAA Basketball Tournament games from 2004-09 for ESPN, where he worked as an anchor, reporter and play-by-play announcer for more than a decade. While there, he covered more than 20 sports, including the Men’s and Women’s College World Series, NCAA football and basketball, the NHL and Major League Baseball. Currently, Ryan is the voice of many NCAA sporting events for CBS Sports Network and for Westwood One/Dial Global, including the Men’s Lacrosse semifinals and championship. Since 1994 he has been an adjunct professor at Syracuse’s Newhouse School of Public Communications. He is also co-director of Syracuse’s popular “Sportscaster U,” which instructs and assists athletes with their broadcasting skills.
Debbie Antonelli returns for her tenth consecutive year as color analyst for the Westwood One/Dial Global Radio Network’s Women’s Final Four broadcast and her 17th overall. A three-year starter for North Carolina State University in the 1980s, Antonelli also provides commentary of women’s college hoops for Fox Sports Net, ESPN, CBS Sports, College Sports Television and the Oxygen Sports Network. Widely regarded one of the nation’s foremost authorities on women’s basketball, she has also broadcast WNBA games since the league’s inception, including the past decade with the WNBA’s Indiana Fever.
New to the Final Four crew this year is courtside reporter Krista Blunk. Blunk has covered NCAA Women’s Basketball as an analyst and reporter on television for 11 seasons, working for ESPN and CBS Sports Network, among others. She has broadcast the last seven NCAA Women’s Regional Finals on Westwood One/Dial Global and also spent 13 seasons as the color analyst for the Sacramento Monarchs of the WNBA. A four-year starter for the University of Evansville, she was named the NCAA “Sportswoman of the Year” for her athletic and academic achievements as a senior.
Veteran broadcaster Joe Tolleson serves as the studio host for all Women’s NCAA Tournament broadcasts, anchoring pregame, halftime and postgame coverage.
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