San Diego, CA – July 9, 2015 – iHeartMedia San Diego, the flagship radio broadcaster for the San Diego Chargers Radio Network, announced today the addition of two former Chargers – Curtis Conway and Nick Hardwick – to the broadcast team for the 2015-16 NFL Season.
As part of the new Chargers Broadcast Team, Conway will join Josh Lewin, play-by-play announcer, in the broadcast booth as color analyst and Hardwick will report from the sidelines for all home and away games.
“I am thrilled and honored to be back with the Chargers organization and be able to join a group of pros like Josh, Nick and the entire broadcast team,” said Conway. “The Chargers are poised for a productive season and I’m excited to have a seat in the broadcast booth for all the game action.”
Conway, a NFL first-round draft pick out of USC, played 12 years in the NFL as a wide receiver including the San Diego Chargers from 2000-02. In 2009, Conway began working as a color analyst on national NFL radio broadcasts for Compass Media Networks. He will continue in his role as a studio analyst for the Pac-12 Network along with analyst for Path to the Draft and as a co-host of Total Access on the NFL Network. Conway is married to Laila Ali, famed female boxing champion and daughter of Muhammad Ali.
“I’m so incredibly excited to be a part of the Chargers game day broadcast team,” said Hardwick. “The opportunity to remain with the team on the sidelines is a dream come true. I will bring the same dedication and passion to the broadcast that I brought to the field the past 11 years.”
Hardwick, a third-round choice in 2004 out of Purdue, spent 11 seasons as the San Diego Chargers’ center from 2004-2014. During his career, he was considered the anchor for a dynamic offensive line, developed into a fan favorite and was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2006. Nick married his college sweetheart Jayme-Lee, who played for the Purdue women’s soccer team. They live in San Diego with their two boys Hudson and Teddy.
“We are extremely proud to field the combination of broadcast talent and NFL knowledge we have in Josh, Curtis and Nick,” added Melissa Forrest, Market President of iHeartMedia San Diego. “Chargers fans are in for a great season on the field, in the studio, in the booth and on the sidelines!”
“We’re excited to welcome Curtis and Nick to our radio team,” said A.G. Spanos, President-Business Operations for the Chargers. “Together with Josh, they will bring a strong mix of playing experience and broadcast experience as well as a new energy to the broadcast. I’m really looking forward to hearing them call a great season for the team and our fans.”
Josh Lewin joined the San Diego Chargers radio play-by-play team in July 2005. Lewin also serves a play-by-play announcer for the New York Mets. In addition, he has worked as play-by-play announcer for The NFL on FOX and NFL games on SportsUSA/Jones Radio. Mike Costa, co-host of the “Loose Cannons” on XTRA 1360 Fox Sports San Diego, will continue as sideliner reporter for all Charger home games.
Listeners will get their first chance to hear the new Chargers Radio Broadcast Team when the San Diego Chargers host the Dallas Cowboys in their pre-season opener on Thursday, August 13, 2015.
iHeartMedia is a leading media outlet in the San Diego market. The station’s programming and content are available across multiple platforms, including its broadcast stations; online via its branded digital sites; mobile; and social, with nationwide listening through iHeartRadio, the all-in-one streaming music and live radio service with its more than 600 million downloads, nearly 80 million social media followers and 87 million digital uniques across the Network.
About iHeartMedia San Diego: iHeartMedia San Diego owns and operates KGB-FM; KHTS-FM; KIOZ-FM; KLSD-AM; KMYI-FM; KOGO-AM; KSSX-FM and is part of iHeartMedia. With 245 million monthly listeners in the U.S., 97 million monthly digital uniques and 196 million monthly consumers of its Total Traffic and Weather Network, iHeartMedia has the largest reach of any radio or television outlet in America. It serves over 150 markets through 858 owned radio stations, and the company’s radio stations and content can be heard on AM/FM, HD digital radio, satellite radio, on the Internet at iHeartRadio.com and on the company’s radio station websites, on the iHeartRadio mobile app, in enhanced auto dashes, on tablets and smartphones, and on gaming consoles. iHeartRadio, iHeartMedia’s digital radio platform, is the No. 1 all-in-one digital audio service with over 600 million downloads; it reached its first 20 million registered users faster than any digital service in Internet history and reached 70 million users faster than any other radio or digital music service and even faster than Facebook. The company’s operations include radio broadcasting, online, mobile, digital and social media, live concerts and events, syndication, music research services and independent media representation. For more company information visit iHeartMedia.com.
About The Chargers: The San Diego Chargers originated as the Los Angeles Chargers of the American Football League in 1960. The team relocated to San Diego in 1961 and captured the American Football League championship in 1963. It finished first in five of the 10 AFL seasons. Since joining the National Football League when the two leagues merged in 1970, the Chargers have won 11 AFC West division titles, including five titles in the last 11 seasons. Overall, the team has played in 28 playoff games. The Chargers were purchased by construction leader and real estate developer Alex G. Spanos in 1984 and has been under the guidance of Spanos’ eldest son Dean, the team’s Chairman of the Board, since 1994. That same season the team won the AFC Championship and played in Super Bowl XXIX. The Chargers are Southern California’s only NFL franchise and all Chargers games are annually the highest-rated television programming in San Diego. The Chargers play their home games at Qualcomm Stadium and the Spanos family, nationally renowned as one of San Diego’s and the NFL’s most philanthropic families, has invested millions of dollars in an effort to secure a new Super Bowl-quality stadium for San Diego.
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