Former Rams Pro Bowler Torry Holt, Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk and veteran sportscaster Andrew Siciliano will once again lead the television broadcast team for the St. Louis Rams’ preseason contests, the team announced today.
Holt and Faulk will serve as color commentators for the broadcasts, and the two will be joined by Siciliano, who will handle play-by-play duties. Faulk and Siciliano team up for a fifth-consecutive year, while Holt returns to the crew for a third-consecutive season. StLouisRams.com reporter Dani Klupenger and St. Louis sportscaster Martin Kilcoyne will serve as sideline reporters on the telecasts.
“Marshall, Torry and Andrew have done a great job describing the game and providing our fans with timely information and opinion, and we’re thrilled to have them with us once again,” Rams Chief Operating Officer Kevin Demoff said. “In addition to calling the action on the field, the broadcast will include roster analysis and features that will take fans behind the scenes as we prepare for the 2015 season. Dani Klupenger has been a welcomed addition to our multimedia team this summer and fans will enjoy her interviews and insight. Martin has been a fixture in St. Louis TV for years and we’re fortunate to have him return as well.”
For the seventh-consecutive year, KTVI-TV FOX 2 St. Louis will serve as the flagship station of the Rams’ preseason broadcasts. KTVI will air three of the Rams’ preseason contests, which includes a road game against the Oakland Raiders (Aug. 14) as well as home contests against Indianapolis (Aug. 29) and Kansas City (Sept. 3). FOX Sports will nationally broadcast the team’s preseason Week 2 game at Tennessee (Aug. 23). All Rams’ preseason contests will be available in high-definition.
With the exception of the Tennessee Titans preseason game, KPLR 11 will re-air all game broadcasts on the Sunday following the games’ original air from 2 to 5 p.m. in St. Louis.
This season marks 20 years of the Rams partnership with KTVI FOX 2.
“We are thrilled to continue a great association with the St. Louis Rams,” said Spencer Koch, President and General Manager for Fox 2 and KPLR 11. “As always, ‘The Home of the Rams’ will continue to provide the best coverage for the fans.”
In addition, the Rams Broadcast Network will air the team’s preseason contests on eight affiliate stations with broadcast coverage across six states. Fans in parts of Missouri, Indiana, Oklahoma, Kansas, Kentucky and Tennessee will have access to Rams preseason games this season.
Long-standing affiliate stations such as FOX 5 KRBK and newcomer station WEHT Local & Local 7 WTVW alike are excited about providing regional fans with Rams coverage.
“FOX 5 KRBK, the Ozarks home for Rams football, is proud to once again partner with the Rams for another exciting preseason,” said Bob Koplar from FOX 5. “Football is back and hopes are high!”
In 2011, Faulk became the first Ram who played the majority of his career in St. Louis to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He was the NFL’s Most Valuable Player in 2000 and won the league’s Offensive Player of the Year award in three consecutive seasons (1999-2001). Faulk was voted to seven Pro Bowls, was a first-team All-Pro three times and a three-time winner of the Daniel F. Reeves Memorial award, which is annually presented to the Rams’ team MVP. Since the conclusion of his playing career, Faulk has worked as a studio and game analyst for the NFL Network.
Siciliano serves as the host of “The Red Zone Channel,” a supplement to DirectTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket which cuts to NFL games to highlight key plays and moments. He also co-hosts “Total Access” on the NFL Network, a daily show that highlights news across the NFL. Siciliano has previously worked as the play-by-play voice for both the Las Vegas Gladiators and the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League, and Siciliano has hosted radio shows in Chicago and Los Angeles as well as national shows for Fox Sports Radio. In 1999, he hosted the pregame radio show on the Chicago Bears’ radio network.
Holt concluded his career ranked 10th in NFL history in receiving yards (13,382) and 13th in receptions (920). As a Ram, Holt caught 869 passes for 12,660 yards and 74 touchdowns. All three of those totals rank second in team history, trailing only Holt’s mentor and good friend Isaac Bruce. Holt was named to the Pro Bowl seven times and enjoyed a string of an NFL-record six-consecutive seasons with at least 1,300 yards. Holt surpassed the 11,000-yard mark in just 131 games, making him the fastest player in NFL history to reach the milestone.
Klupenger joined this offseason after spending nearly two years as a reporter and producer for the University of Tennessee department of athletics. With the Volunteers, Klupenger hosted, produced and shot hundreds of feature stories for 20 sports teams, including football, basketball, baseball and softball. She also worked as a sideline reporter, color analyst and feature reporter for the SEC Network during her time in Knoxville. Klupenger was a standout basketball player at Stony Brook University in New York for four seasons. As an undergraduate, she worked as a host and producer for the Stony Brook athletics department, interned with KATU-TV, the local ABC affiliate, and landed her first job in sports as in intern for “News at Noon” with WUSB 90.1 FM.
Kilcoyne is a six-time Emmy-Award winner (2006, 2008 Top Sportscaster in the Mid-America Region). The St. Louis native has been with KTVI-TV since 1997, and has been Sports Director since 2001. He also hosts a daily talk show on KTRS 550 AM in St. Louis.
The preseason contests are being broadcast in conjunction with Altitude Sports & Entertainment. The Denver-based company is the official television network of the Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Avalanche. In addition, through its partnership with ESPN Syndication and its own broadcast agreements with select conferences, Altitude airs Big 12, Big East, Big Sky, RMAC and WAC basketball, and Big Sky, Big East, WAC, and RMAC football games. Altitude carries local high school football games and regional college basketball games as well as minor league hockey, snow/extreme, and outdoor sports programming.
Below are the RBN affiliates that will air the Rams’ preseason games:
KTVI FOX 2 – St. Louis
FOX Sports Midwest – St. Louis (Replay Only)
KRBK FOX 5 – Springfield & Osage Beach
KQFX FOX 22 – Columbia/Jefferson City
KFVS CBS 12 – Cape Girardeau, Missouri/Paducah, Kentucky
KFJX FOX 14 – Joplin, Missouri/Pittsburgh, Kansas
WTVW CW 7/WEHT ABC – Evansville
KWTV CBS 9/KSBI MyNetwork – Oklahoma City
KTUL ABC 8 – Tulsa
WLMT CW 30 – Memphis