Sportscaster to be inducted into NW Louisiana Walk of Stars
Nationally revered sports announcer and host Tim Brando will be inducted into the Northwest Louisiana Walk of Stars at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 26, on the outdoor stage of the downtown Red River District.
Brando launched his career in broadcasting more than four decades ago as a student at Fair Park High School and has since distinguished himself as a giant in his industry, according to his nomination.
“Tim’s achievements and accolades as a sports announcer have been many. He is most deserving of this award and celebration of his success,” said John Lieberman, president of the Northwest Louisiana Walk of Stars.
“Inducting Tim into the Walk of Stars has been in the works for a while now, and we are just so pleased that it finally all came together to happen at a time when many of his colleagues will be in town for the Independence Bowl,” said founder of the Walk of Stars Arlena Acree.
Brando is the lead play-by-play announcer for Raycom’s coverage of ACC basketball broadcasts, and he hosts their five-time Emmy Award-winning syndicated show, “Havoline Football Saturdays.”
He joined FOX Sports in 2014 as a play by-play announcer for the network’s college football and basketball coverage.
Born Feb. 27, 1956, in Shreveport, Brando began calling local high school football games at the age of 14. In 1979 he moved to Baton Rouge and began hosting the first nightly sports talk show there on WIBR. He was sports director for WAFB-TV in Baton Rouge and the voice of LSU basketball games for TigerVision from 1982 to 1986.
In 1986, moving to Bristol, Conn., for a job at ESPN, he became a studio host for ESPN, covering a record-setting 25 different sports as a playby-play commentator.
Later, he covered the NBA for TNT as both an announcer and host before transitioning to CBS Sports to cover, call and announce basketball, football and golf.
– Tammy Sharp