Longhorn Network names on-air team; launch plans include ESPN College GameDay
July 8, 2011
Longhorn Network has named its core on-air team for its upcoming launch. Lowell Galindo, Samantha Steele and Kevin Dunn will make their debuts Friday, Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. Central when Longhorn Network goes live from the South Mall on the UT campus. They will be joined on the set by the crew of the Emmy Award-winning ESPN College GameDay - Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews - for previews of the Longhorns' upcoming football season and its home opener vs. Rice slated for Saturday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. Texas coaches, players and former student-athletes also will be on hand for the two-hour special.
Stephanie Druley, vice president, production, for Longhorn Network said, "We are thrilled to have Lowell, Samantha and Kevin join us. They will bring a fresh perspective and are passionate about college sports. Who better to introduce them than Chris Fowler and the GameDay cast, the most respected group in college football?"
The Houston-born and San Antonio-raised Galindo has served as ESPNU's lead anchor since 2007 working primarily from its Charlotte, N.C., headquarters. He has hosted such network staples as SportsCenterU, ESPNU Inside the Polls, ESPNU Coaches Spotlight, ESPNU Campus Connection and others in addition to many studio pregame, halftime and postgame shows. He will anchor a variety of Longhorn Network studio shows while reporting duties will go to Steele who joins ESPN from Fox Sports. The Phoenix, Ariz., native hosted and reported coverage of college football andbasketball primarily for the Pac-10 and Big 12 conferences. Austin, Texas native and UT grad Dunn signs on from CBS College Sports and Austin's AM 1300 The Zone. He will both report and host for the channel.
Dave Brown, vice president, programming, said, "In true Texas fashion, we're going to launch Longhorn Network in a big way. We want fans to know that we will look for every opportunity to make their viewing experience a great one."
Studio and Staff
Approximately 50 staff members have been hired for the network. Thirty-one employees from ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn., will make the move to Austin, 10 of whom are Texas graduates, and five more, natives of the state.
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