The Pre-Eminent NFL Voice for a Generation Pat Summerall to Launch Hard Hitting Sports Talk Radio Show with Modavox
VoiceAmerica™ Sports Network Will Produce Groundbreaking Interactive Sports Talk Programming with Legendary Sports Commentator Pat Summerall
PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Modavox, Inc. (OTCBB:MDVX), Internet broadcasting pioneer and holder of several patented technologies, today announced it has reached an agreement with Pat Summerall to produce and deliver a weekly hour long Internet sports talk radio show beginning September 5, 2007. The program now in production will be broadcast on Modavox’s VoiceAmerica™ Sports Network, the emerging leader in Internet sports talk radio.
Jeff Spenard, President of Internet Radio for Modavox, stated, “It’s truly an honor for our entire organization to have this opportunity to work with Pat Summerall. We have such a tremendous opportunity with Pat’s new Internet Radio Show to utilize our BoomBox Radio® platform and VoiceAmerica Sports network to distribute world class sports talk content. This show is going to captivate our listening audience like only Pat Summerall can.”
“Licensing our patented BoomBox Radio® software, Pat Summerall’s show will have a value proposition for sponsors and advertisers that is vastly more sophisticated, robust, and targeted than traditional Sports Talk Radio offerings. Advertising management enabled by our platform allows ads to be displayed differently based on the geographic locations of listeners,” said Nathaniel Bradley, Modavox Chief Technology & Product Officer.
Pat Summerall stated, “During the many years of broadcasting many events, I have met many whom I would like to know more about. Our new show will give me the opportunity to do this and let you, as the listener, be part of it. If I have an opinion, and I always do, this will be my opportunity to share it with you. Since this is all new, I can’t wait.”
About Pat Summerall
Pat Summerall played his pre-college football at the University of Arkansas, where he was recognized as an All-State selection in football, as well as basketball. He also earned varsity letters in both baseball and tennis. Summerall played college football from 1949 to 1951 at the University of Arkansas, where he played the defensive end, tight end, and place kicker positions.
Summerall spent 10 years as a professional football player in the National Football League, primarily as a placekicker. The Detroit Lions drafted Summerall as a fourth-round draft choice in 1952. Summerall played the pre-season with the Lions before breaking his arm, which ended the year for him. After that season, he was traded and went on to play for the Chicago Cardinals from 1953 to 1957 and the New York Giants from 1958 to 1961. His best professional year statistically was 1959, when Summerall scored 90 points on 30-for-30 (100%) extra-point kicking and 20-for-29 (69%) field goal kicking.
Amazingly his broadcasting career was even more impressive, getting his start with CBS Sports in 1960. Summerall also did sportscasts for the network's flagship radio station, WCBS-AM. In 1969, Summerall took part in NBC's coverage of Super Bowl III. During the 1970s, Summerall usually worked with Tom Brookshier as his broadcasting partner for NFL (mostly NFC) games, and the colorful Summerall-Brookshier duo worked three Super Bowls (X, XII, and XIV) together. In 1981, Summerall was teamed with former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden, a pairing that would last for 22 seasons on two networks and become one of the most popular and acclaimed partnerships in TV sportscasting history.
Summerall's stature as the premier TV voice in pro football was a result of two things: first, his ability to play the straight man alongside John Madden's lively, verbose persona; second, his economic delivery that magnified the drama of a moment while allowing the pictures to tell the story. One of Summerall's most memorable on-air calls was his account of Marcus Allen's electrifying touchdown run in Super Bowl XVIII. The transcript is surprisingly sparse: "Touchdown, 75 yards!" That the quote is memorable is testament to the weight of Summerall's baritone-like voice when he was at the height of his powers as an NFL broadcaster.
Summerall also broadcast professional golf and tennis including the 30 Masters, 26 U.S. Open two French Open tournaments during his tenure at CBS, and was the play-by-play announcer for the 1974 NBA Finals, CBS' first season broadcasting the NBA.
Summerall continues to do voiceover work on CBS Masters broadcasts, and also provides commentary for the Golden Tee golf video game.
In 1994, the FOX network surprised NFL fans by outbidding CBS for the NFC broadcast package. One of the network's first moves was to hire Summerall and Madden as its lead announcing team.
Summerall has broadcast 16 Super Bowls on network television with CBS and Fox, more than any other announcer. He also contributed to 10 Super Bowl broadcasts on CBS Radio.
Modavox, Inc. (www.modavox.com), a pioneer in Internet broadcasting, producing and syndicating online audio and video, offers innovative, effective and comprehensive online tools for reaching targeted niche communities worldwide. Through patented Modavox technology, Modavox delivers content straight to desktops and Internet-enabled devices. Modavox provides managed access for live and on-demand Internet Radio Broadcasting, E-learning and Rich Media Advertising.
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