Montross, Steinbacher Named New UNC Radio Analysts

Eric Montross and Rick Steinbacher, former Tar Heel team captains and All-Atlantic Coast Conference selections in basketball and football, respectively, will take the role as Tar Heel Sports Network lead color analysts for the 2005-06 season, network general manager Gary Sobba announced today.

Montross, a starter on the 1993 NCAA champions, was a commentator last year on the radio network at all home games and the ACC Tournament. The starting center from 1992-94, Montross scored 1,627 points, had 941 rebounds and blocked 169 shots as a Tar Heel. He was first-team All-ACC in 1993 and a member of the John Wooden All-America Team in 1994. The Indianapolis, Ind., native was an All-Tournament selection at the 1993 NCAA East Regional and Final Four. He was a first round draft pick of the Boston Celtics and played nine years in the NBA.

Steinbacher, co-captain of the 1993 football team that won 10 games and finished second in the ACC, was sideline reporter and analyst for the radio network from 1994-99. He is in his sixth year as Carolina's Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations. He started 30 games at inside linebacker from 1990-93 and made 307 career tackles. He was UNC's second-leading tackler in each of his last two seasons when the Tar Heels won a combined 19 games, including the Peach Bowl following the 1992 season. The Greenville, S.C., native was a third-team All-ACC selection in 1993.

Jones Angell, who was the play-by-play voice of UNC women's basketball and baseball for the past two seasons, will serve as the radio network's pregame, halftime and postgame host.

"Eric and Rick bring a wealth of talents to our expert analyst positions and will blend easily with Woody Durham to form enjoyable broadcast teams," says Sobba, who is in his sixth year directing Carolina's multi-media efforts. "Mick Mixon was brilliant in his dual role as football and basketball analyst, but now we are able to add two analysts who are outstanding broadcasters and have the added experience of playing for the Tar Heels. That is a great opportunity for our network.

"Both men have worked with us in the past, are first-class gentlemen and bring a knowledge of the game to the booth that should put our listeners in the middle of the action. We couldn't be more pleased."

Mixon was the lead analyst for Carolina football and men's basketball for the past 16 years. The 2005 NFL season will be his first as the Carolina Panthers play-by-play announcer.

"We love Mick and we will certainly miss his insight and humor, but we are excited for the opportunity he has with the Panthers," says Sobba. "He and Woody formed one of the best broadcast teams in the country and we are fortunate to have people like Eric, Rick and Jones to maintain that level of excellence."

In related news, Sobba announced that the Tar Heel Sports Network has a new flagship station in the Triangle. Tar Heel football and basketball games will be heard on WRDU, 106.1-FM. The "John Bunting Live!" and "Roy Williams Live!" call-in shows will be heard in the Triangle on WRBZ, 850 the Buzz. Football and basketball games and the coaches shows may also be heard in the Triangle on WCHL, 1360-AM.

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