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MRN's Eli Gold Back Behind The Microphone At BCS Championship Game
Posted by: newsla on Jan 04, 2013 - 05:30 PM
MRN's Eli Gold Back Behind The Microphone At BCS Championship Game

The calendar has turned from December to January, which also means veteran Motor Racing Network announcer Eli Gold is turning his attention to another college football championship game.


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For the third time in four years, the University of Alabama is playing in the Bowl Championship Series title game – this time against top-ranked Notre Dame. Gold will be in the broadcast booth Monday night at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla., as the radio voice of the No. 2-ranked Crimson Tide.

“This never gets to be old-hat,” Gold said earlier this week as he prepared for travel to South Florida. “I never presume to have a spot in the BCS Championship Game sewn up.”

This year’s title match-up features two of the most storied programs in college football history, the unbeaten Fighting Irish and once-beaten Crimson Tide.

“These are iconic franchises with magnificent championship histories,” Gold said. “Fans who don’t necessarily follow Major League Baseball know of the New York Yankees. Same thing with the Boston Celtics in the NBA. Even if you don’t follow college football, you’re familiar with Alabama and Notre Dame.”

According to Gold, that’s what sets this title game apart from Alabama’s two other recent appearances.

“They’re going head-to-head and playing each other for the first time in years,” he said. “I believe this will be the most watched and listened to game in college football history. I can’t imagine that it won’t be. Games like this are why you get into this business.”

Gold has anchored Alabama football broadcasts for 25 years and says this year’s Nick Saban-coached squad has evolved from what he called a “darn good” team in September to an “awfully good” team in January.

“ ’Bama lost so many players from last year’s national championship team to the NFL and there were a lot of gaps, a lot of holes to fill,” he said. “The fact they’ve done so well this year shows how fine a recruiting job Coach Saban has done.”

When Gold closes his Alabama broadcast Monday night, there’ll be little down time before preparations start for his 38th season on the MRN airwaves. In fact, he’ll be at Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday to help kick off the 30th year of “NASCAR Live,” featuring NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France. The program airs each Tuesday evening on MRN affiliates from coast to coast, and is streamed live at MotorRacingNetwork.com.

“We’re all proud of 30 years on the air with ‘NASCAR Live,’ ” Gold says. “It’s still the only program where NASCAR fans can talk directly to the drivers.”

Through decades of his award-winning career in radio, Gold has built a legion of loyal listeners – for which he is humbly grateful.
“There’s no greater affirmation of what you’re doing than when a fan comes up and just starts talking with you, complimenting you on your work,” Gold has said in reflecting on his years in the broadcast industry. “Without them, we have nothing. As a radio broadcaster, you’ve got to remember you are always working for the fans.”

Gold’s voice will be heard on some 100 affiliates of the Crimson Tide Sports Network come Monday night as Alabama seeks it third national championship in four years and 15th overall. He’ll then help anchor Motor Racing Network’s exclusive radio coverage of the 51st Rolex 24 at Daytona GRAND-AM Sports Car Series event Jan. 26-27 from “The World Center of Racing” as another motor sports season gets underway.

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