For the storied Green Bay Packers, there isn’t many firsts left in the professional football world. They’ve won Super Bowls, been broadcast on television sets around the globe and have players who have hit team and league records.
For broadcaster Andy Olivares, he’s proud to play a part in one of the team’s new firsts. The Packers will be working with a local affiliate to have three of the team’s preseason games broadcast in Spanish.
"Thanks to Jim Hall (the GM for WDJT-TV CBS 58 and Telemundo Wisconsin), and the Green Bay Packers, the Latino audiences in Wisconsin will be able to enjoy Packers football in Spanish," Olivares said. "As you know, the Packers are very protective of their brand, so this is a big deal for the Latino community in this area."
Olivares, who is currently leading the broadcast of a number of Milwaukee Brewers games this season on Telemundo and WRRD-AM ESPN Deportes 1510, will be calling the NFL games this fall.
"Being a baseball person, this is both fun but also challenging. However, calling a game … for one of the marquee franchises, is amazing. A real treat," Olivares said.
Earlier this year, I wrote about Olivares’ journey from the Dominican Republic to the radio airwaves in Wisconsin. Now, through Telemundo, he is bringing the green and gold to a larger audience in our community.
"This is also a big deal for me to have this great opportunity …," Olivares said. "The Packers had never done this here in the state of Wisconsin."
Olivares will be doing the play-by-play for the Week 1 Aug. 9 game against Arizona, the Week 2 Aug. 17 game against St. Louis and the Week 4 Aug. 29 game against Kansas City. Kickoff for each game is scheduled for 7 p.m.
COUNTRY CONCERT: Songwriter Kip Moore will perform tomorrow on Fox News’ "Fox and Friends" at 7 a.m. as part of the show’s summer concert series.
Best known for hits like "Hey Pretty Girl" and "Somethin’ ‘Bout a Truck," Moore will discuss his summer tour schedule as well as perform some of his greatest numbers.
REMEMBERING GANDOLFINI: The social media world was in shock when news hit from Italy on Wednesday night that actor James Gandolfini died at the age of 51.
The actor best known for playing Tony Soprano on the "Sopranos" on HBO, was remembered by some of the Hollywood professionals he worked with.
"It is true, of course, that Tony Soprano, one of the great characters in American television and folklore, was indeed the role of a lifetime, for which Gandolfini was deservedly honored with multiple Emmys, unanimous acclaim and the type of reverberating legacy that is rarer than awards or praise," critic Gene Seymour wrote.
This passing remained a top story on today’s morning news shows.
"James is one guy who never turned his back on me. He was the most humble and gifted actor and person I have ever worked with ... and I will forever be indebted to him," said "Sopranos" co-star Joseph R. Gannascoli.
A TOUCHING SENDOFF: Stephen Colbert took an unplanned week off from his "Colbert Report" on Comedy Central. In a rare departure from the character he plays on the show, he opened his Wednesday night show with a tribute to his recently departed mom.
After the show open, he quickly turned back on the sass, remarking on the uniform controversy with cereal mascot Cap’n Crunch.
You can see the tribute on ColbertNation.com.
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