BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (WIAT) – Eli Gold, the voice of Crimson Tide football and member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame, will now lend his iconic voice to Birmingham Squadron.
Gold, who has called Alabama football games on the radio since 1988, will be the primary play-by-play announcer for all home and away games in the squadron’s inaugural season starting in November.
“Eli is one of the most recognizable voices in all of sports and has been such an important part of the state of Alabama’s sports landscape for decades,” said David Lane, general manager of business operations at the squadron in a press release sent. On Monday. “It was a no-brainer to have him run the Birmingham Squadron show. We are honored to be able to make him part of the Squadron.
The award-winning sports presenter began his career in 1971 airing minor-league hockey shows before joining the WHA’s Birmingham Bulls in 1976 – Gold’s first Alabama concert. Since then he has called games for the St. Louis Blues and NHL Nashville Predators, the Birmingham Barons, covered NASCAR and even served as the first play-by-play announcer for the basketball program. male of UAB before finding its long term. at home as the official voice of Crimson Tide football.
Gold was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2014 and over the course of his career has been selected five times as “Alabama Sports Presenter of the Year” by the National Sportscaster and Sportswriter Association and two times by The Associated Press. In 2019, he also received the Chris Schenkel Award from the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, awarded annually to a sports broadcaster who has had a long and distinguished career in broadcasting college football.
“I’ve always been a fan of the NBA, and being able to be a part of the Birmingham squadron’s broadcast and the future talent of the New Orleans Pelicans was an offer I couldn’t pass up,” Gold said in a statement. declaration. “I think I can speak for myself and for many sports fans in Birmingham and across the state of Alabama – I am delighted to have the squadron in town and look forward to the season. start.”
Gold will continue in his current roles calling Alabama football games, as well as his duties as host of “Crimson Tide Rewind”, “Hey Coach” and the “Nick Saban Show” on the Crimson Tide Sports Network.
Fans will get their first glimpse of Gold on the Squadron airing in November when Birmingham’s inaugural season kicks off. More information on the Squadron’s schedule and where the games will be broadcast will be posted in the coming weeks.