With nine Emmy Awards and 16 Nominations, the Sacramento Kings Broadcast Team has elevated its television production to one of the highest levels in all of professional sports. For the 2012-13 season, the Kings Broadcast Team will produce 10 regular season games on News10 and 72 contests on Comcast SportsNet California. The Kings commitment to providing the best TV experience continues with all telecasts produced in High Definition (HD).
ABC AFFILIATE NEW10
Sacramento Kings and local ABC affiliate News10 have teamed up to deliver 10 Kings over-the-air telecasts during the 2012-13 season, rejoining the team as a broadcast partner for the first time since the 2006-07 season.
COMCAST SPORTSNET: Kings Cable Flagship
Comcast SportsNet California enters its ninth consecutive season with the Kings as they host 72 of the team's 82 games during the 2012-13 regular season. Popular mainstays Grant Napear and Jerry Reynolds will return to Kings TV as play-by-play and color analyst, respectively.
CBS Sports 1140: Kings Radio Flagship
The region's 50,000-watt flagship radio station, KHTK, will once again broadcast all 89 Kings games in 2012-13. The "G-Man", Gary Gerould, enters his 28th year (over 2,000 games) as the voice of the Kings.
The "Kings Live" pregame show, packed full of interviews and features, rolls through your radio 30 minutes prior to tip. The "Kings Live" postgame show, powered by CBS Sports calls and locker room reaction, takes you home for 30 minutes after the game. Jason Ross hosts the show.
In addition to producing all of the team's radio and television network broadcasts, the Kings also manage all advertising and sponsorship sales for their broadcasts.
Entering his 28th season with the Kings and having called 2,117 Kings games, Gary Gerould has been the "Voice of the Kings" since the team's arrival in Sacramento (1985) as radio play-by-play announcer on the club's flagship station KHTK (1140 AM). Gerould is widely considered one of the best play-by-play announcers in all of sports broadcasting. His 2,000 Kings broadcast came on December 8, 2010, versus Washington. He is among the top five in longevity among NBA broadcasters.
Gerould's workload is a direct testimony of his talent and work ethic. In addition to his basketball duties with the Kings, he currently works the $50 million NHRA drag racing tour for ESPN Television. This follows 25 years of covering the Indy car circuit as a pit reporter for world-wide events, including the Indy 500. He has been a part of more than 1,700 nationally televised events, with the 1,500th coming at the U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.
Gerould was a member of the Turner Broadcast Network telecast of the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle. Prior to joining ABC, Gerould spent 11 years at NBC and was a member of the network's coverage team at the XXIV Olympic Games in Seoul. He also served as a regular NFL play-by-play announcer in addition to his motor sports duties.
Gerould's broadcasting career dates back to his high school days in Midland, Mich., as a play-by-play announcer for the local radio station. In 2000, he was inducted into the Midland Hall of Fame. A speech and physical education graduate of Anderson (Indiana) University, Gerould headed west to Chico, Calif., in 1963 where he became the news and sports director at KHSL Radio.
In 1965, he moved to Sacramento and joined the sports department at KCRA-TV, where he worked for 12 years. During that span he also was the play-by-play announcer for Sacramento State football and basketball. In 1977, he formed Gary Gerould Enterprises and since then has freelanced as a public relations consultant, commercial spokesman, and motor sports writer and broadcaster.
He and his wife, Marlene, have a daughter, Beth, and a son, Bob, who also enjoys a career in professional sports broadcasting.
Grant Napear enters his 25th season announcing for the Kings, serving as the television play-by-play announcer for the Kings Broadcast Network. The 53-year- old Syosset, New York native has called Kings action as the team's play-by-play announcer from 1988-89 through 1993-94 and 1998-1999 to present, in addition to three campaigns (1995-96 - 1997-98) as the Kings' radio play-by-play announcer on KHTK (1140 AM).
He is the current daily host for the top-rated afternoon sports talk show in the Sacramento area on KHTK.
Prior to joining the Kings Broadcast Network talent team on a full-time basis, Napear served as the sports director at the then-Kings' flagship television station, Channel 31, for nine years (1987-95). Napear's play-by-play experience includes working with ESPN Radio, the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks, the Sacramento Gold Miners (1992-94), a former member of the Canadian Football League, and most recently with the San Jose Sabercats of the Arena Football League. Napear was the television voice for the Oakland Raiders from 2003-07. He is currently a fill-in host for the nationally syndicated radio Jim Rome Show.
Napear began his professional career as a weekend sports anchor at WAND-TV in Decatur, Illinois. He spent his collegiate years (1977-81) as the play-by-play announcer for the football, basketball and hockey teams at his alma mater, Bowling Green University, while pursuing his degree in broadcast journalism. Napear hosts an annual golf tournament to benefit the Future Foundation which enables underprivlidged students to attend college. Napear resides in El Dorado Hills with wife Starr and two sons, Trent (16) and Chase (14).
Director, Player Personnel
In his 27th season with the Kings organization, Jerry Reynolds serves as the club's director, player personnel. He was named to the position in July of 1994 after serving two seasons as the team's general manager. Reynolds is responsible for keeping abreast of both the professional and collegiate talent pools available to the Kings, while also helping to oversee the club's scouting efforts.
Reynolds, who wears many hats within the organization, retired from his post as general manager of the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs following the 2003 season. In his six seasons as the club's general manager, the Monarchs qualified for the league playoffs four times. Reynolds was a member of the USA Basketball Women's Senior National Team Committee for the 2001-04 quadrennium, where he helped select the coaching staff and players of the Olympic gold medal-winning USA Senior National Teams.
Reynolds is also a member of the Kings Broadcast Network talent team, working as a color analyst for all the club's televised contests.
A native of French Lick, Indiana (where he is often referred to as the second most popular local, first being NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird), Reynolds has a unique understanding of the interaction among players, coaches and the front office due in part to his experience gained through his varied roles with the Kings organization. He originally joined the club in 1985 as an assistant coach responsible for advance pro and college scouting.
On two occasions Reynolds served as the Kings' head coach following midseason changes. In 1987, he was named, on an interim basis, to replace former Head Coach Phil Johnson. The following year he took over for Bill Russell with 24 games remaining and stayed on as the club's head coach for the next two seasons. All told, Reynolds served as head coach of the Kings for a portion of four seasons (1987-1990). He also served as the director of player personnel for two seasons (1990-92) before accepting the role as the club's general manager (5/92-12/93).
An extremely popular figure with both the Sacramento community and the national media, Reynolds is an often-requested favorite on the public speaking circuit. A graduate of Oakland City University (Indiana) in 1966, he received his master's degree in physical education from Indiana State University in 1970.
Reynolds and his wife, Dodie, reside in Roseville and have a daughter, Danielle, a graduate of Santa Monica College and son, Jay, a 1992 graduate of Sacramento State University.
Radio Pre/Postgame/Halftime Host
Having served in a variety of capacities since 1994, Jason Ross returns for another season as a member of the Sacramento Kings Broadcast Team. Ross has worked as a pregame, halftime and postgame host for both the Sacramento Kings and Monarchs. Other duties include hosting Kings Talk, which is the weekly Kings radio talk show. Ross also serves as gameday statistician and serves as the radio backup play-by-play voice of the Kings.
Ross, currently serves as the sports director for CBS Sports 1140 the flagship of the Sacramento Kings. He is the play-by-play voice of Sacramento State Hornet football and has held that position since 1997. He was also the play-by-play announcer for the San Francisco Demons during the only season of the XFL. He is the pre-game and post-game host for the Oakland Raiders since the 2010 season.
A native of Southern California, Ross graduated from UC Davis in 1994 with a degree in rhetoric and communications. He resides in Sacramento with his wife, Alva, and their 10-year-old son, Jackson.
Jim Gray begins his third season as the Kings special correspondent. The 11- time national Emmy Award-winning sportscaster will serve as the team's reporter for 20 games this season, over special Kings events, and conduct interviews with high-profile figures around the world to be aired on Kings broadcasts.
Gray's career highlights include coverage of eight Olympic Games, 24 NFL Super Bowls, nine MLB World Series, 18 NBA Finals, 14 NCAA Final Fours, 20 Masters Golf Tournaments and more than 400 World Championship Boxing matches. Gray has also broadcast on numerous occasions the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup, NBA and MLB All-Star Games, National Football League AFC and NFC Championship
Games, MLB American and National League Championship Series Games and the Rose, Sugar, Cotton and Orange Bowls. He also provided pregame, postgame and halftime coverage for the 1983 NBA World Champion Philadelphia 76ers and provided expert analysis/color commentary for the 1989 and 1990 Detroit Pistons NBA Championship teams. Gray has also worked as a play-by-play announcer for the Indiana Pacers and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Throughout his career, Gray has earned numerous awards and honors. He has won 11 national Emmy Awards for journalism and reporting, and he was named Sportscaster of the Year in the Sports Reporter category in 1998 and 1999 by his member peers of the American Sportscasters Association (ASA). In 1997, he won the prestigious "Broadcast of the Year Award" presented by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association for his interview with Mike Tyson following "Tyson vs. Holyfield II."
Gray has been named Sports Reporter of the Year by USA Today 12 times, and that same publication in April 2005 named Gray the country's best sports reporter of the past quarter century.
In addition to sports broadcasting, Gray was a national feature reporter for seven years for the "Today Show" on NBC. Among the highlights of the thousands of interviews he's conducted are Presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush (41), Clinton, Bush (43) and then-President-elect Barack Obama. In addition, Gray has interviewed Soviet President Gorbachev as well as many other world leaders, celebrities and sports stars.
Special Basketball Analyst
Bill Walton begins his third season as Kings special basketball analyst. The Emmy Award winning sportscaster will provide expert analysis and commentary on a selection of Kings radio and television broadcasts throughout the season.
Walton, named one of the top 50 sports broadcasters of all time by the American Sportscasters Association in 2009, began his broadcasting career in 1990 as an analyst for the then Prime Ticket Network. He worked for CBS Sports in the early 90's including coverage of the NCAA Final Four and then for NBC for many years, including work on the 1996 Atlanta and 2000 Sydney Summer Olympic Games. Over the last 20 years Walton has worked for ABC, ESPN, NBC, CBS, Fox, MSNBC, Turner Sports, KCAL, and the NBA. Besides his broadcast work, he has also been a regular contributor to ESPN.com, NBA.com, ESPN The Magazine, and ESPN Radio. For his television broadcasting work, Walton has been nominated for numerous Emmy awards and in 2001 won an Emmy for best live sports television broadcast.
The Hall of Famer was in the NBA for 14 seasons(1974-1988) with three different teams (Portland, San Diego/Los Angeles Clippers, and Boston), winning NBA championships with Portland (1977) and Boston (1986). Walton averaged 13.3 ppg (.521 FG%, .660 FT%), 10.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, and 2.21 bpg in 468 career regular season games. In 1997, Walton was selected as one of the NBA's 50 greatest players of all time.
He was the NBA's Most Valuable Player, 1978; all-NBA First Team, 1978; NBA All-Star Team, 1977 and 1978; NBA Playoff's MVP, 1977; all-NBA second team, 1977; winner of the NBA Sixth Man Award, 1986. Walton is also the second of only five players in the history of the NBA to lead the league in both blocked shots and rebounding in the same season.
Walton enrolled at UCLA in 1970. He played center for John Wooden's Varsity team for three seasons (1972-1974), after a year with the freshman team in 1971. He was a member of two undefeated NCAA championship teams compiling an NCAA record 88 consecutive game winning streak. He is also a three-time recipient of the NCAA Player of the Year Award, 1972, '73 and '74. At UCLA Walton was a scholar-athlete who also earned Academic All-American honors three years in a row. He is in the Academic All America Hall of Fame. He graduated with honors with a B.A. in history.
Walton currently resides in his hometown of San Diego with his wife Lori. They are the proud parents of four sons: Adam, Nathan, Luke and Chris.