List of New Orleans Saints broadcasters

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The New Orleans Saints' flagship station is WWL 870 AM (simulcast on WWL 105.3 FM), the oldest radio station in the city of New Orleans and one of the nation's most powerful as a clear-channel station with 50,000 watts of power.[1][2] Zack Strief (play-by-play), Deuce McAllister (color commentator), and Kristian Garic (sideline reporter) form the broadcast team. Former Saints quarterback Bobby Hebert hosts the post-game call-in show, "The Point After," and also performs pre-game and halftime commentary.[1]

Radio

Veteran sportscaster Al Wester served as the Saints' play-by-play announcer during its first four seasons (1967–1970). Jim Henderson has led the broadcast team almost continuously since the mid-1980s, his tenure covering the franchise's periods of greatest success. Henderson announced his retirement following the 2017 season.[3] One week later, Wester died at age 93.[4]

Over the years, color commentators have included such notable former Saints players as quarterback Archie Manning, wide receiver Danny Abramowicz, and running backs Jim Taylor, Hokie Gajan, and Deuce McAllister.

Seasons Flagship station Play-by-play Color commentator Sideline reporter Ref.
1967–1968 WWL Al Wester Maury Magill [5][6]
1969–1970 Jim Taylor [5][6]
1971–1972 Bill McColgan [5][6]
1973–1975 John Ferguson Steve Stonebreaker [5][6]
1976 WGSO Wayne Mack Dick Butkus (Weeks 1–8);
Archie Manning (Weeks 9–14)
[6][7]
1977–1981 Danny Abramowicz [5][6]
1982–1984 WWL Larry Matson Jim Henderson [8]
1985 Jim Henderson (Weeks 1–6);
Jim Henderson & Archie Manning (Weeks 7–16)
[9]
1986–1989 Jim Henderson Archie Manning [10][11]
1990 John Ferguson [11][12]
1991 Larry Matson [13]
1992 WQUE David Garrett Jim Henderson & Archie Manning [14]
1993 David Garrett (Weeks 1–11);
Jim Henderson (Weeks 12–18)
Jim Henderson & Archie Manning (Weeks 1–11);
Archie Manning (Weeks 12–18)
[15]
1994 Jim Henderson Archie Manning [16]
1995–1997 WWL [17][18]
1998–1999 Stan Brock Kenny Wilkerson [19]
2000–2007 Hokie Gajan [20]
2008–2009 Gus Kattengel
2010–2014 Kristian Garic
2015 Hokie Gajan (Weeks 1–13);
Deuce McAllister (Weeks 14–17)
[21]
2016–2017 Deuce McAllister [1]
2018–present Zach Strief [22]

References

  1. ^ a b c "New Orleans Saints Radio". New Orleans Saints. 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "1922: WWL and the Arrival of New Orleans' Radio Days". 300 for 300: New Orleans Tricentennial. The Times-Picayune. June 16, 2017. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Kincaid, Juan (February 1, 2018). "Legendary 'Voice of the Saints' Jim Henderson Announces Retirement from Broadcasting". FOX 8, WVUE. Raycom Media. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Al Wester, Original Voice of the New Orleans Saints, Passes at 93". New Orleans Saints. February 9, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Staub, Cobb Share Home-Run Record". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. January 27, 1985. p. E8.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Mack, Wayne (1992). The Sage of the Saints. New Orleans, LA: Arthur Hardy Enterprises. p. 154.
  7. ^ "Archie Replaces Butkus". The States-Item. New Orleans. November 3, 1976. p. D5.
  8. ^ "WWL Saints' Broadcaster for '82, '83". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. January 19, 1982. sec. 2, p. 5.
  9. ^ East, Les (October 25, 1985). "Manning Now Calling Plays Behind the Mike at WWL". The Times-Picayune/The States-Item. New Orleans. p. C8.
  10. ^ Lorando, Mark (September 18, 1986). "Radio Listeners Struggling to Find the Highlight Zone". The Times-Picayune/The States-Item. New Orleans. p. C5.
  11. ^ a b Lorando, Mark (July 11, 1990). "WWL Recycles Local Veterans". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. E1.
  12. ^ Lorando, Mark (February 1, 1991). "New Wave of Saints Radio". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. E1.
  13. ^ Lorando, Mark (February 20, 1991). "Matson's Back in the Game". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. E1.
  14. ^ Lorando, Mark (February 18, 1992). "Saints Radio Team Has Familiar Sound". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. E3.
  15. ^ "Garrett Fired as Announcer for Saints". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. November 16, 1993. p. C5.
  16. ^ Lorando, Mark (December 5, 1994). "Saints' Air-Wave Change Signals a New Era". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. C1.
  17. ^ Mule, Marty (June 11, 1995). "Henderson Delighted His Voice Will Carry Farther". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. C16.
  18. ^ Mule, Marty (December 23, 1997). "Archie Manning Leaving Radio Broadcasting Role". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. A1.
  19. ^ Mule, Marty (September 6, 1998). "Brock Eager for his Rookie Season". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. C2.
  20. ^ Duncan, Jeff (April 29, 2000). "Haslett Compares Howard to Seattle Pro Bowler". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. p. D2.
  21. ^ "Breaux's Injured Hamstring Better". The Times-Picayune. New Orleans. December 8, 2015. p. B3.
  22. ^ "Zach Strief officially announced as new voice of the Saints, replacing Jim Henderson". New Orleans Advocate. New Orleans. July 25, 2018.
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