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Q&A with ESPN's Dave Pasch on being a sports broadcaster

Dave Pasch, with broadcasting partner Bill Walton, has covered a few Cal men's basketball games this season for ESPN (the games on ESPN2 rather than the ones on ESPNU). We got the chance to ask him a few questions about his broadcasting career.

Dave Pasch has covered a few college basketball and NBA games for ESPN. He is also the voice of the Arizona Cardinals.
Dave Pasch has covered a few college basketball and NBA games for ESPN. He is also the voice of the Arizona Cardinals.
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CGB - What's it like working with Bill Walton? There is a tendency for Bill to start talking about things other than just basketball during the game, how much is it your responsibility to drive conversations back toward the game?

Dave Pasch - There is a balance when working with Bill. You have to let him be Bill but when necessary make sure you still document the game. I enjoy and embrace our different personalities and I think it makes for good TV.

CGB - You were the voice of Syracuse Orange (your alma mater) for a while. Can you elaborate on leaving what would appear to be a dream job to pursue more prominent national jobs of doing play by play for the Arizona Cardinals and then ESPN?

Dave Pasch - It was great to do Syracuse for 3 years, but at age 29, I was looking for new challenges to grow my career. I love working in the NFL and always dreamed growing up about working for Espn. I couldn't pass up those opportunities, and 12 years later, I'm glad I didn't.

CGB - Who is your favorite color commentators to work with for football? and for basketball?

Dave Pasch - I can't pick a favorite or I'll get some people upset with me! I like the different personalities I get to work with, and many of my analysts have become some of my best friends. I've been with Ron Wolfley on the Cardinals games for 9 years, and he's like a brother to me.

CGB - Do you prefer to do TV or radio broadcasts and why?

Dave Pasch - Both present their different challenges but TV is the ultimate stage.

CGB - Did you have any play-by-play announcer idols before you went into the business? In your opinion, who are some of the best play-by-play announcers on the air today?

Dave Pasch - I wanted to be Marv Albert or Bob Costas. Those were my favorites growing up. Still are!

CGB - Who is on your Mt. Rushmore of sports broadcasting?

Dave Pasch - Bob Costas, Marv Albert, Al Michaels, Jim Nantz.

Thanks to Dave for answering our questions.