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Wednesday, August 22, 2018 9:30 pm

Notre Dame has new 3-man radio broadcast crew

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

Notre Dame football radio broadcasts will feature a team of Paul Burmeister and Ryan Harris in the booth, with Jack Nolan serving as a field analyst, the university announced Wednesday.

The three-man team will replace play-by-play man Don Criqui and color commentator Allen Pinkett, who had worked together on the national network broadcasts since 2006.

“In Paul, Ryan and Jack, we have an incredible collection of talent and experience, each with a unique appreciation for the history and tradition of the University of Notre Dame,” Theodore Loehrke, president of the joint venture between Notre Dame and JMI Sports, said in a statement.

Burmeister, who has been with NBC Sports since 2014, will serve as the play-by-play announcer. He has play-by-play experience with the NFL Network and called some Olympic sports with NBC in 2016 and 2018. He did play-by-play for Notre Dame’s matchup against Miami (Ohio) in 2017.

“Growing up in a college town and then playing quarterback in the Big Ten, I developed a lifelong love of college football, all its traditions, and how special it can make a fall Saturday feel,” said Burmeister, who played at Iowa. “I don’t know if there’s a place that combines all of that better than Notre Dame.

“I hope my respect for the Notre Dame tradition and enthusiasm for this challenge will help lead to insightful and enjoyable broadcasts.”

Harris, 33, played for the Irish in 2004-07 and was a three-year starter as an offensive lineman. He was picked in the third round of the NFL draft, 74th overall, and played 10 seasons in the league, winning a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos in 2016.

Nolan was previously part of Fighting Irish Media and is entering his 37th season working with Notre Dame athletics. He has been the play-by-play voice of men’s basketball since 1982. He was the play-by-play voice of Irish football on South Bend’s WNDU from 1982 to 1990.

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