or


[06/27/13 - 01:33 PM]
FOX Sports Welcomes Renowned College Basketball Analyst Bill Raftery to Fold
Raftery will serve as lead Big East game analyst, teaming with the Gus Johnson on regular-season and all Big East Men's Basketball Tournament games televised on FOX Sports 1.

[via press release from FOX Sports]

FOX SPORTS WELCOMES RENOWNED COLLEGE BASKETBALL ANALYST BILL RAFTERY TO FOLD

Man Who Made "With a Kiss!" his Signature Paired with "Rise and Fire" Gus Johnson for BIG EAST Regular-Season and Tournament Telecasts on FOX Sports 1

New York - In March, the BIG EAST Conference and FOX Sports entered into a landmark media rights agreement covering all conference-controlled men's basketball games. Today, FOX Sports makes another landmark announcement as it has reached an agreement with renowned college basketball announcer Bill Raftery to serve as lead BIG EAST game analyst, teaming with the incomparable Gus Johnson on regular-season and all BIG EAST Men's Basketball Tournament games televised on FOX Sports 1, America's new national multi-sport channel launching Aug. 17. Raftery continues in his role as a lead analyst for men's regular-season college basketball and NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament coverage on CBS.

"I was fortunate to work at ESPN since its inception, and I'll be forever grateful to all the talented, professional people who supported me along the way. I leave with nothing but terrific memories and friendships," said Raftery. "Today, though, we turn the page. I've been associated with the BIG EAST Conference since it began, and I feel the same excitement and anticipation now as I did way back then as the conference is re-born with FOX Sports. I'm really looking forward to being reunited with my former CBS partner, Gus Johnson, whose style I love and passion for college basketball is unmatched."

"Adding a renowned, popular veteran like Bill Raftery to a family of announcers at FOX Sports that already includes many of sports television's biggest names is an incredible coup," said FOX Sports Executive Vice President and Executive Producer John Entz. "More importantly, in teaming Bill with Gus, we have reunited the most energized, entertaining college basketball broadcast team ever, and we can't wait for them to work their first game."

"As an analyst, Bill Raftery offers everything that makes college basketball so special: energy; enthusiasm; and zeal," said Johnson. "Combine those traits with his unmatched intelligence and sense of humor and you have one of the finest college basketball voices in the country. I have had the privilege of knowing Bill and calling games with him for 20 years and I can't wait to sit courtside with him this November for FOX."

FOX Sports 1 is slated to televise over 100 BIG EAST men's regular-season basketball games this coming season. The non-conference schedule begins Friday, Nov. 8, the likely date of the first Johnson-Raftery assignment.

For the last 32 years, the passionate Raftery has covered basketball as an analyst on television and radio for CBS, ESPN and CBS Radio. The NCAA Tournament and Final Four, the BIG EAST Championship, the Big Ten Championship, the ACC Championship, the SEC Championship and New Jersey Nets telecasts are just a few of the premier events that he has had the privilege of calling during his career. He brings playing and coaching experience to every telecast, offering keen analysis and opinion with unsurpassed enthusiasm. Heard during almost every basketball telecast he works, "With a kiss!" has become Raftery's signature phrase for a bank shot.

Raftery began his broadcasting career in 1982 with ESPN, where he served as a game analyst for college basketball through this past season. Over the span, he also distinguished himself as an analyst on CBS's college basketball coverage, and has served as a game analyst for Westwood One/CBS Radio's coverage of the NCAA Men's Final Four since 1991.

From 1970 to 1981, Raftery served as head basketball coach at Seton Hall University, where he revitalized the program and led the Pirates to seven straight winning seasons and a record of 154-141. He led the team to four ECAC post-season tournaments and two National Invitational Tournament appearances. His 154 wins as a coach place him fourth on the all-time list at Seton Hall behind Honey Russell, P.J. Carlesimo and Frank Hill. Raftery also served as President of the BIG EAST Coaches Association from 1979 to 1981. Prior to coaching at Seton Hall, Raftery spent five years coaching at Fairleigh Dickinson University where he led the Jersey Devils to a 63-48 record from 1963 to 1968. In his final year at FDU, he led the team to an 18-6 record and earned Coach of the Year honors from the New Jersey Basketball Writers Association.

A standout on the court as well, Raftery played three seasons at LaSalle University under legendary coach Donald "Dudley" Moore. During the 1959-60 season, he set a freshman scoring mark with 370 points. The next year, he led the varsity team with 17.8 points per game and in his senior year, he co-captained the Explorers to the National Invitational Tournament. Following his senior year at LaSalle, he was drafted by the New York Knicks.

In 2004 Raftery received a special Victor Sports Award and the Walter Payton 'Sweetness' Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the community throughout his lifetime. He also won a New York Sports Emmy in the category of Single Event Coverage for Game 5 of the New Jersey Nets-Indiana Pacers series during the 2002 NBA Playoffs.

Raftery earned a degree in history from LaSalle and master's degree in education from Seton Hall. He also received an Honorary Doctorate from LaSalle University in 2001, and serves as President of W.J. Raftery Associates, an events/marketing firm.





  [june 2013]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
      


· SHOWATCH
(series past and present)
· DEVWATCH
(series in development)
· MOVIEWATCH
(tv movies and mini-series)





[07/22/14 - 01:49 PM]
Hide the Donuts! FXX Is Bringing Homer Simpson's Dome to Comic-Con
Starting in August, FXX will become the cable network home for all seasons of "The Simpsons," excluding seasons airing in their first run on FOX.

[07/22/14 - 01:47 PM]
HGTV Still Tops on Sundays - "Flipping the Block" One of HGTV's "Best Series Premieres Ever"
HGTV spins the numbers for Sunday, July 20.

[07/22/14 - 01:14 PM]
Velocity's Hit Car Restoration Series "FantomWorks" Returns for Season Two on Sunday, July 27 at 9 and 10 PM ET/PT
Dan Short and his team kick-off Velocity's week-long summer programming event "Dream Car Week" with all-new back-to-back episodes from season two.

[07/22/14 - 12:10 PM]
Virtual Reality Meets Middle Earth - And The Muppets (!) at Warner Bros.' Star-Packed Booth for Comic-Con 2014
Plus: from Thursday through Sunday, a cavalcade of talent will be signing for fans at the Warner Bros. booth.

[07/22/14 - 12:04 PM]
Spike TV's "Comic-Con All Access" to Be Programmed and Controlled by Fans Via Social Media
Additionally, Spike will celebrate the industries "Game Changer of the Year," as voted by the fans.

[07/22/14 - 11:34 AM]
Adult Swim Once Again Ranks #1 Among Basic Cable Networks for Primetime Delivery of Adults 18-34
Turner spins the numbers for the week of July 14-20.

[07/22/14 - 11:20 AM]
TNT Wins Fourth Week in a Row, with "Major Crimes," "Rizzoli & Isles" and "The Last Ship" Leading the Pack
TNT spins the numbers for the week of July 14-20.

[07/22/14 - 11:16 AM]
Hilarious Roastmaster Jeff Ross Mentors Comics to Roast Famed Funnyman Gilbert Gottfried on NBC's "Last Comic Standing" Thursday, July 24
The result is a no-holds barred, hilarious night of comedy at the Avalon Ballroom in Hollywood, where the comics roast not only Gottfried, but also each other.

[07/22/14 - 11:13 AM]
Premiere of New American Heroes Channel Series "Gunslingers" Breaks Network Record for P2+ and HH Delivery
American Heroes Channel spins the numbers for Sunday, July 20.

[07/22/14 - 11:12 AM]
HBO Confirms Sept. 20 Debut for "On the Run Tour: Beyonce and Jay Z"
Featuring the superstars in their first collaborative tour - and their first HBO concert event - the special will tape September 12 and 13 at Stade de France in Paris.

[07/22/14 - 10:32 AM]
PBS Arts Fall Festival 2014 Kicks Off September 26
Entering its fourth season, the PBS Arts Fall Festival has become a Friday night fall tradition, reaching more than 33 million viewers since its conception in 2011.

[07/22/14 - 10:31 AM]
PBS and BBC Worldwide North America Sign Deal to Bring Fourth Season of "Call the Midwife" to U.S.
Look for a special holiday episode on Sunday, December 28 followed by season four on Sunday, March 29.

[07/22/14 - 10:30 AM]
PBS Announces New Series: "The Brain with Dr. David Eagleman"
The show will premiere in 2015 as part of the PBS "Think Wednesday" lineup of science and nature programming.

[07/22/14 - 10:29 AM]
New PBS Documentary Reveals the Untold Story of the U.S. Navy SEALs
The two-hour special premiers on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11 at 9:00/8:00c.

[07/22/14 - 10:28 AM]
PBS and "American Experience" Announce "Walt Disney" to Premiere Fall 2015
The film features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and includes interviews with animators and artists who worked with him.