July 30, 2010

Brandon Gaudin Joins Butler Basketball Radio Team

Brandon Gaudin, a 2006 Butler graduate, will be the new radio voice of Butler men’s basketball.  Gaudin will take over the play-by-play position formerly held by Butler Director of Corporate Sponsorships Joe Gentry, who is stepping down to take on additional duties in his full-time position with the Bulldogs.  

“With the growth we’ve seen over the last four years we are excited about this strategic move,”  said Mike Freeman, Butler Associate Athletic Director for External Operations.  “Joe has done an outstanding job tripling our corporate partnership program, calling the action as our play-by-play voice and developing our media partnerships with 1070 The Fan and WISH/WNDY-TV.  We feel Brandon can step in and do an outstanding job as our play-by-play voice on 1070 The Fan, which will allow Joe to continue building on the success we’ve already seen with corporate partners, television and radio.”

Gaudin has spent the past two years as the voice of the Evansville Aces, broadcasting men’s basketball, women’s basketball, men’s soccer and baseball contests.  He was the host of Evansville’s Radio/Internet TV Coach’s Shows for each sport, and he served as General Manager of WUEV-FM, the University of Evansville radio station.  During his time at Evansville, he also served as a freelance on-air talent for WEHT-TV (ABC 25).

“I’m very excited and appreciative for this opportunity to return to my alma mater,” said the new Butler broadcaster.  “It’s a unique chance to marry my passion for broadcasting with my affinity of Butler basketball and Butler University.  I am anxious to arrive in Indianapolis and begin preparing for the upcoming season.”

Gaudin graduated with High Honors from Butler in May of 2006 with a degree in Communications Studies and Political Science.  As an undergraduate, he was named the Communication Studies Department Most Outstanding Student, and he was selected by Greg Gumbel of CBS as winner of a nationwide “You Call The Action” broadcasting contest, which led to a live appearance on the CBS set during halftime of the 2005 NCAA National Championship game.  He’s worked as a talent producer for ESPN, served as play-by-play announcer and media relations director for the Orem, Utah, Owlz in Minor League Baseball and was a partner and co-founder of Media One Management Group in New York.

Gentry handled Butler’s basketball play-by-play duties and served as host of the Butler Basketball Tonight weekly radio show for the past four seasons.  He teamed with Nick Gardner to call Butler’s four consecutive trips to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship, including this year’s run to the NCAA National Championship game.  He’ll continue to oversee the Bulldogs’ radio and television operations.  Gardner will begin his fifth season as Butler’s color analyst in 2010-11.

“It has been a great privilege for me to be the radio “Voice of the Bulldogs” the past four seasons,” said Gentry.  “I’ve really enjoyed traveling with the team and working with Nick.  I’m excited about Brandon coming back to Butler to take over and I look forward to working with him and Nick.  I also look forward to being able to devote more time to our Butler Athletics corporate partners.”

Gaudin will begin his duties with Butler in September.