June 7, 2004
LAS VEGAS - UNLV's football and men's basketball programs will both have new -- but familiar -- voices bringing fans all the action beginning next season, the school announced Monday.
Two local veteran broadcasters have been selected to take over UNLV play-by-play duties. KLAS TV-8 sports director Dave McCann is the new radio voice of Rebel football while Jon Sandler will call Runnin' Rebel games.
"We had tremendous interest in our openings and the committee worked hard in evaluating all of the candidates from around the country," ESPN Regional at UNLV General Manager Tina Kunzer-Murphy said. "In the end, we found that the best fits at this time were right here at home.
"Dave McCann will bring a lot of experience into the booth for Rebel football while Runnin' Rebel fans will enjoy the enthusiasm Jon Sandler offers to the basketball broadcasts."
McCann, who previously worked play-by-play for UNLV football in 1996 and '97, returns to the Rebel family after calling MWC and WAC football and basketball games on television for Sportswest Productions since 1998. The 1991 graduate of BYU has hosted the "Gametime with UNLV Football" coach's show on KLAS since 1996. He has worked at the local CBS affiliate since 1992.
McCann replaces Tim Neverett, who moved to another market after two seasons with the program. Sandler adds the basketball duties after finishing his first season calling UNLV baseball games on the radio. Currently the executive sales director for Clear Channel Spectacolor, Sandler was the radio and TV broadcaster for the Las Vegas Stars (now 51s) AAA baseball franchise from 1993-2000. Earlier this year he filled in to call the Runnin' Rebels' game at Air Force on Feb. 28.
The Stanford graduate earned his law degree from Virginia and the former attorney also called games for the Palm Springs Angels and Salinas Spurs before coming to Las Vegas.
Sandler replaces Ken Korach who was the radio voice of the Runnin' Rebels for a dozen years before deciding this spring to concentrate on his full-time role with the Oakland A's.