Saturday, October 07, 2006

Jim Williams: CSTV, Navy a perfect fit together

Jim Williams, The Examiner
Oct 7, 2006 5:00 AM (7 hrs ago)
Current rank: # 2 of 4,530 articles

BALTIMORE - College Sports Television is getting respect after being bought by CBS. It has the largest broadband network in all of college sports and is growing both in stature and reputation. One of the prize possessions of the network is broadcasting Navy sports.

Pete Medhurst, a lifelong resident of Anne Arundel County and one the most talented — but least known — broadcasters in the mid-Atlantic region, got a call from CSTV and now does the network’s play-by-play of Navy football. Medhurst, who has been part of the Navy broadcast and the WNAV family since age 18, was ready to grab the microphone and be a longtime member of CSTV.

CSTV executives see Medhurst as a future star, and Navy could not be happier with the exposure. This year, the Midshipmen will have 10 of their 11 games seen both regionally and nationally, which is better than Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech and, yes, even Penn State.

I spoke to Medhurst about getting his big break.

» Medhurst, on his new role with CSTV: “I have been a part of the coverage team for Navy sports at WNAV. But now, to be working with the great producers, directors and technical people working so hard to make every CSTV broadcast look like a network-quality broadcast makes me a better play-by-play man, and I know the Navy fans nationwide enjoy the telecasts.”

» Medhurst on the Navy team: “No one runs the triple-option better than Navy does. Coach Paul Johnson has built a system that causes matchup problems for almost every team that we face. Opposing teams hate to see Navy because you see it coming and you simply can’t stop it. I look forward to seeing how things go with the Air Force, Rutgers and, of course, the Notre Dame games. This team is not going to back down from any team.”

Navy will face Air Force at 2 p.m. Saturday on CSTV. Medhurst will miss this game, but he’ll be back in the booth next week when Navy entertains No. 24 Rutgers.

Medhurst can also be heard doing selected Navy basketball games, as well as all Navy lacrosse games, on WNAV. Let’s hope we also see this gifted local broadcaster on more CSTV events in the coming year.

Jim Williams is a seven-time Emmy Award-winning TV producer, director and writer. You can reach him at

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