Butler Football Returns To XL950

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- For the tenth consecutive season, Big Play Radio Sports will broadcast Butler University football.  All 11 Butler regular season games in 2011 will be carried on WXLW AM (XL950) in Indianapolis and will be streamed live at www.bigplayradiosports.com.

Brian Giffin, in his second season as Senior Producer/Engineer for the Atlanta Braves Radio Network, returns to call play-by-play for the Butler games, while Butler Hall of Fame member Ken LaRose is back as the analyst.  Giffin, who will broadcast his 100th Butler game this season, has been the play-by-play announcer for the Bulldogs in each of the previous nine seasons, while LaRose is entering his eighth season in the booth.

“We’re excited to be back on XL950 this season,” said Butler head coach Jeff Voris.  “Brian and Ken to an outstanding job of calling our games.  We look forward to another championship effort from our players, and with the passion Giff and Kenny bring to the broadcasts, it should be another exciting year for the Bulldogs both on the field and on the air.”

The 2011 season will be the seventh for the partnership between Butler football and XL950.  The Indianapolis station began carrying the Bulldogs in 2005.

“XL950 is delighted to once again be the broadcast partner of Butler University football,” said Pilgrim Communications Vice President & General Manager Randy Tipmore.  “We are excited to carry the entire schedule live again in 2011.  We value our relationships with the Butler University athletic department, Head Coach Jeff Voris and broadcaster Brian Giffin.  The brand of Butler Athletics is coming off another historic year, and we are very proud once again to be a part of what is next for the ‘Dogs.”

During the overlap of the college football and Major League Baseball seasons, Butler’s play-by-play duties will be handled by Brian Scott, who has broadcast both Butler football and Butler baseball in the past.  Giffin will return to the football booth when his role with the Braves doesn’t conflict with Butler’s football games.

“Brian did a fine job filling in for me last year, and while I anticipate missing fewer games in 2011, he’ll no doubt handle the role very well again this season,” noted Giffin.

Butler will open the 2011 season with a non-league game against Albion at the Butler Bowl on Saturday, Sept. 3.  Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. (ET), with pre-game coverage on XL950 beginning at 12:40 p.m.