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KINGS BROADCAST NETWORK
In 1993, the Sacramento Kings made the decision to bring all of the club’s broadcast activities inhouse, forming what is currently known as the Kings Broadcasting Network. In addition to producing all
of their own radio and television broadcasts, the Kings retain all advertising revenue from the broadcasts.
The club’s broadcast network also produces all pre- and postgame radio talk shows and one additional weekly radio show.
KMAX (UPN Ch. 31) is back for its 15th season as the Kings’ flagship television station, and will broadcast 25 contests during the 2002-03 NBA regular season. The Kings Television Network also includes KREN-TV (Ch. 27) in Reno and KRVU-TV (Channel 2) serving Chico and Redding.
In addition to the club’s over-the-air broadcast schedule, the Kings’ cable television network, FOX Sports Net, will broadcast 25 games over a number of cable systems throughout Northern California.
KHTK Sports 1140 AM is in its ninth season as the club’s flagship radio station. Joining the 50,000 watt powerhouse on the ever-expanding Kings Radio Network will be stations in Auburn (KAHI-950 AM), Red Bluff (KBLF-1490 AM), Fresno (KCBL-1340 AM), Marysville (KMYC-1410 AM), Grass Valley (KNCOAM), Redding (KNRO-1670 AM), and Merced (KTIQ-1660 AM). Kings home games also air in Spanish on KRCX (99.9 FM) in Sacramento.
Grant Napear, Jerry Reynolds, and Jim Kozimor, will call the Kings’ action on KMAX (UPN 31) and FOX Sports Net. The longtime radio voice of the Kings, Gary Gerould, will handle play-by-play duties on KHTK (1140 AM), which will broadcast all of the Kings’ games this season. Additionally, Armando Botello will call Kings home games in Spanish for the eighth season on KRCX (99.9 FM).
GARY GEROULDRadio Play-By-Play Gary Gerould has been the “Voice of the Kings” since the team’s arrival in 1985 and will continue that tradition this season as radio play-by-play announcer on the club’s flagship station KHTK (1140 AM). Gerould, who broadcast his 1,000th Kings game in 1998-99, is widely considered one of the best play-by-play announcers in all of sports broadcasting.
Gerould’s workload is a direct testimony of his talent and work ethic. He called nearly 100 motorsports shows on ABC and ESPN during the past racing season and was seen internationally in over 150 countries. Most notably, Gerould has been the pit road reporter for the ABC Sports broadcast team covering the Championship Auto Racing Team series.
Gerould was a member of the Turner Broadcast Network telecast of the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle. Prior to joining ABC, Gerould spent 11 years at NBC and was a member of the network’s coverage team at the XXIV Olympic Games in Seoul. He also served as a regular NFL play-by-play announcer in addition to his motor sports duties.
Gerould’s broadcasting career dates back to his high school days in Midland, Michigan as a play-byplay announcer for the local radio station. He was recently inducted into the Midland Hall of Fame. A speech and physical education graduate of Anderson (Indiana) University, Gerould headed west to Chico, California in 1963 where he became the news and sports director at KHSL Radio.
In 1965, he moved to Sacramento and joined the sports department at KCRA-TV, where he worked for 12 years. During that span he also was the play-by-play announcer for Sacramento State football and basketball.
In 1977, he formed Gary Gerould Enterprises and since then has freelanced as a public relations consultant, commercial spokesman, and motor sports writer and broadcaster.
He and his wife, Marlene, have a daughter, Beth, and a son, Bob, who is also pursuing a career in professional sports broadcasting.
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GRANT NAPEARTelevision Play-By-Play Grant Napear returns for another season in front of the cameras, serving as the television play-by-play announcer for the Kings Broadcast Network. The 43-yearold Syosset, New York native has called Kings action as the team’s play-by-play announcer from 1988-89 through 1993-94 and 1998-1999 to present, in addition to three campaigns (1995-96 — 1997-98) as the Kings’ radio play-by-play announcer on KHTK (1140-AM). He is the current daily host for the top-rated afternoon sports talk show in the Sacramento area on KHTK.
Prior to joining the Kings Broadcast Network talent team on a full-time basis, Napear served as the sports director at the Kings’ flagship television station, Channel 31, for nine years (1987-95). Napear’s play-by-play experience includes working with ESPN Radio, the National Hockey League’s San Jose Sharks, the Sacramento Gold Miners (1992-94), a former member of the Canadian Football League, and most recently with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League.
Napear began his professional career as a weekend sports anchor at WAND-TV in Decatur, Illinois. He spent his collegiate years (1977-82) as the play-by-play announcer for the football, basketball, and hockey teams at his alma mater, Bowling Green University, while pursuing his degree in broadcast journalism. Napear and his wife, Sheri, reside in El Dorado Hills, with their two sons, Trent (6) and Chase (4).
JIM KOZIMORKings Broadcaster Jim Kozimor enters his fifth season as a member of the Kings Broadcast Network talent team. When not handling host duties for the club’s weekly radio talk show, “Kings Talk,” he will host the club’s pre-game and halftime shows, as well as serve as the sideline reporter for all 50 television games. Additionally, Kozimor will be a sports reporter for the FOX Sports Net Regional “Sports Report.” He can also be heard on his own nightly talk show, “The Jim Kozimor Show,” on KHTK (1140 AM).
Prior to joining the Kings talent team, Kozimor spent two seasons in Houston working with the NBA’s Rockets and the two-time WNBA Champion Comets. The 38year-old worked for two years (1992-93 & 1993-94) in Philadelphia as play-by-play announcer for the 76ers. He also worked for the Golden State Warriors as a sideline reporter and fill-in play-by-play announcer (1989-90 — 1991-92).
Before joining the NBA ranks, Kozimor spent time working in Chicago at WMVP, co-hosting a sports talk show. He served a three-year stint as the play-by-play voice of the San Jose Jammers and La Crosse Catbirds of the Continental Basketball Association. Kozimor also has spent time as a television play-by-play announcer for the NBA Summer Pro League, NCAA Division I football and basketball, and Triple-A baseball.
A native of Chicago, Kozimor began his broadcasting career in college at Michigan State University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications. He enjoys in-line hockey and ran and finished the 1995 Chicago Marathon. Kozimor, who was recently married, resides in Sacramento with his wife, Sandra.
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TOM ABATEMARCOKings Broadcaster Tom Abatemarco enters his first season as co-host of the Sacramento Kings Postgame Show on KHTK (Sports 1140). Currently the head basketball coach at Christian Brothers High School in Sacramento, Abatemarco was the co-host of the Coach T and J Show for two years on KHTK before joining the Kings’ Broadcast Network. Abatemarco also is the Kings’ resources coordinator in the marketing and brand development department.
Coach T, as he is affectionately known, has over 25 years of coaching experience in the collegiate ranks at the Division I level, culminated by an NCAA Championship as an assistant under Jim Valvano in 1983 at North Carolina State.
Abatemarco served three terms as an NCAA Division I head coach, guiding programs at Lamar University (1986-88), Drake University (1988-90), and Sacramento State University (1997-00). His assistant coaching stints have included stops at Rutgers (1993-97), Colorado (1990-93), North Carolina State (1982-86), Virginia Tech (1981-82), Maryland (1979-81), St. John’s (1978-79), Davidson College (1977-78), Iona College (1975-77), the New York Institute of Technology (1974-75), and his alma mater, Dowling College (1973-74).
Abatemarco, who earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Dowling College, has three daughters, Tracy (18), Whitney (14), and Amy (10). He resides in Sacramento.
ARMANDO BOTELLOSpanish Radio Play-by-Play Armando Botello enters his sixth consecutive season as the play-by-play announcer on the Spanish language radio station, KRCX (99.9 FM), and 10th season overall covering the Kings.
With over 30 years experience, Botello has held positions ranging from television to print to radio in Sacramento’s local media scene. Most recently, he co-hosted Voz y Voto, a weekly political television show broadcast by the Univision Network throughout California from 1999 to 2001.
Assuming the position of news director at KRCX in 1984, Botello became responsible for the production of the first 30-minute Spanish language daily newscast in the Sacramento area, which resulted in the longest running morning radio program in the area.
Botello, who earned a dual bachelor’s degree in communications and ethnic studies from California State University, Sacramento, lives with his wife, Leticia. The couple has two children, Araceli Ofelia and Armando Enrique. He was inducted into the California Chicano News Media Association Hall of Fame during this past summer.
MICHAEL ODDINODirector/Producer Michael Oddino begins his 10th year in the NBA and ninth as the Kings’ television producer. He is directly responsible for the improved quality of the club’s game broadcasts since joining the Kings Broadcast Network in September of 1993.
Oddino’s duties include producing, directing, and design of computer animation for all of the Kings’ televised game broadcasts. He also oversees all other elements of television production, including commercials, public service announcements, halftime features, and special event programs.
In addition to his work for the Kings, Oddino has produced and directed games for the National Football League, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, college football, and numerous specials for clients including ESPN, FOX Sports Net, and FOX Sports Chicago. He spent the 1999-00 season with FOX Sports Detroit as the Pistons' television director. Oddino won an Emmy for his direction of Tiger baseball while with FOX Sports Detroit. This past summer he produced the world feed for the 2002 World Basketball Championship in Indianapolis.
Prior to joining the Kings, Oddino served for three years (1990-93) as a producer/director for Pacific-10 basketball broadcasts on Prime Network and Prime Sports Northwest.
A 1980 telecommunications graduate from San Diego State University, Oddino has two daughters, Makenzie Colleen (9) and Taylor Anne (7). He resides in the Natomas area of Sacramento.
DID YOU KNOW... Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals between the Kings and Lakers drew a 16.9 national rating with a 27 share in the country's 53 largest markets, the highest for any non-Finals game in four years. The overnight ratings were the highest since Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals between Indiana and the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls on May 31, 1988, which drew a 20.7 rating and a 34 share.