Pavelka Joins Husker Radio Network Team

Lincoln ---- Host Communications, which acquired the Husker Sports Network (formerly the Pinnacle Sports Network) earlier this month, has announced the hiring of Kent Pavelka as the play-by-play voice for Nebraska men's basketball broadcasts on the 25-station network during the 2006-07 season.

Husker Sports Network vice president and general manager Kevin Moore noted that Pavelka, who previously served as the play-by-play voice for the Huskers beginning in the mid-1970s, will be a valuable addition to the broadcast staff.

"We believe adding Kent to our team offers Husker fans one of the finest collection of broadcasters in collegiate sports broadcasting," Moore said. "Jim Rose will remain the voice of Husker football."

Pavelka has filled in on three broadcasts of men's basketball games over the past two years and is excited to get back on the microphone for the athletic department.

"There is something magical about listening to Nebraska sports on the radio," Pavelka said. "I heard it just last Saturday listening to Jim Rose's call of the Troy game. Jim has carried on the tradition of bringing to life, via the radio, that indescribable drama and emotion that defines NU football. Jim delivers that for football and I'm looking forward to doing the same in basketball.

"It's been a long time since my first Husker basketball broadcast back in 1974. I was excited and honored with the opportunity then and I feel the same way today. I started my career doing Husker basketball and that's how I get to end it."

Host Communications brought Pavelka on board to help provide more centralized coverage by its primary broadcasters. Randy Lee, who served the last four seasons on as the voice of Nebraska basketball, will stay on football broadcasts and continue as part of the Husker baseball broadcast team as color analyst alongside Rose. Lee has extensive baseball background as he has previously called minor league games.

"We truly appreciate everything Randy Lee has done for Nebraska basketball," said NU Executive Associate Athletic Director Marc Boehm. "Randy has been tremendous working with the team. But we know that as Host reorganizes its network lineup, Husker fans for all sports will benefit from the moves."

Pavelka will only work with men's basketball alongside color analyst and former Husker letterwinner Matt Davison. Davison also works football broadcasts with Lee, color man Adrian Fiala and Rose.

"I think it's neat to have Kent back doing the sport he truly loves and with which he so naturally identified," Rose said. "Like so many other basketball fans, I grew up listening to Kent bring to life so many memorable plays and games. I can't imagine a better way to start this new era of Husker hoops."