The voice of Creighton baseball is about to become the voice of Creighton basketball.
Veteran broadcaster John Bishop has been named the Bluejays' new play-by-play announcer, teaming with former Creighton basketball player Nick Bahe on the team's radio broadcasts this season on KOZN (1620 AM).
“Considering all the things that are happening — Creighton going to the Big East, Doug McDermott coming back, Grant Gibbs getting a sixth year — this is a perfect storm for our radio station,'' Bishop said. “As much as I love doing baseball, Creighton basketball is the thing around here.''
Bishop has been a part of the Bluejay baseball broadcast team since 2006, while Bahe has served as the color analyst on Creighton's radio and locally produced television broadcasts since his playing career ended in 2008.
It was announced earlier this month that Creighton, which produces its own radio broadcasts, had entered into a three-year agreement with NRG Media, which owns KOZN.
“We believe John Bishop and Nick Bahe will be an outstanding broadcast team for our men's basketball games,'' Creighton Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen said. “We have had a great relationship with John for quite some time, and he is very good at what he does.
“We also think very highly of Nick and believe he is one of the best young college basketball analysts in the country.''
Rasmussen said one of the advantages of moving the radio broadcasts from KXSP (590 AM) to KOZN was that it would provide Creighton with an opportunity for cross promotion on KOZN's popular local sports talk shows. Bishop serves as co-host for the station's four-hour afternoon show, while Bahe is starting a three-hour show this Monday that will air from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“We feel we've done a good job of using our platform to promote Creighton athletics,'' said Bishop, referring to his show. “Now that we have Creighton's No. 1 product, it will give us an even greater chance of getting that message out.''
Bishop said most of his previous basketball play-by-play announcing experience came when he worked for radio station KLIN in Lincoln. He also served as the play-by-play announcer for state tournament broadcasts on television station KOLN.
“I did every boys and girls championship game for about 15 years,'' he said. “It made for some long days, but it was a lot of fun and it allowed me the chance to work with a lot of different people.''
This will be the first time Bishop has been paired with Bahe in an official capacity. Bishop said his final season of broadcasting high school games for KLIN coincided with Bahe's senior season at Lincoln Southeast.
“I did a lot of his games, and I actually got a chance to interview him numerous times on the postgame show,'' Bishop said. “You could tell even back then that he had a lot of personality about him that would be good for radio or sportscasting.
“It's funny how this has come almost full circle. I'm looking forward to working with him. His personality will provide a different kind of energy for the broadcasts. I might have to find myself playing the straight man more than I'm used to.''
Andy Ruback, KOZN's general manager, said his station plans to complement pregame and postgame shows affiliated with each Creighton-produced broadcast with its own pregame and postgame shows, either from the studio or at a remote site to be determined.