Cleveland Browns radio announcers cover Jim Donovan, Nathan Zegura, and Je’Rod Cherry. Jim and Nathan are broadcasting partners since 2014.
The Browns Radio Network was inaugurated in 1946, where WGAR (1220 AM) started as their flagship station. Bob Neal did the play-by-play, while Stan Gee was the color commentator. The following year, Bill Mayer replaced Gee.
When the radio station changed to WERE in 1950, Neal single-handedly managed the show. With the entry of WTAM in 1952, Ken Coleman became the latest addition.
Similarly, Mayer returned in 1954 with WGAR once again taking the reigns. Bill McColgan joined him. A year later, Mayer exited, and Jim Graner joined.
Other individuals who were involved with the network are:
- Gib Shanley (1961-1985)
- Jim Mueller (1975-1986)
- Nev Chandler (1985-1993)
- Doug Dieken (1985-2021)
- Casey Coleman (1994-2006)
- Andre Knott (2007-2009)
- Jamir Howerton (2010-2013)
- Dustin Fox (2018)
Cleveland Browns Radio Broadcast Team
Browns Monday Night Football announcers for the game against Pittsburgh Steelers on September 18 are Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, and Lisa Salters.
ABC will televise the game nationally at 8.15 p.m.
Buck will do the play-by-play commentary, with Aikman handling the role of an analyst. Salters will be the sideline reporter for the week two fixture at Acrisure Stadium.
Likewise, the radio broadcast crew for the new campaign is:
Jim Donovan is a three-time Lower Great Lakes Emmy Award recipient from Boston, Massachusetts. He has been a lifelong sports anchor.
The 67-year-old is the current Sports Director at WKYC channel 3, also appearing as a news host. His affiliation with the NBC affiliate network commenced in 1986 after Jim Graner died in 1976.
It is because the channel tried six people over the course of ten years. The Boston University graduate joined as a sportscaster in 1985 and became the Channel 3 sports director a year later.
Likewise, Jim did play-by-play for NBC Sports’ NFL coverage for eleven years (1987-97). He added play-by-play for the Cleveland Browns Radio Network to his resume in 1999.
Donovan hasn’t looked back since then. He started with Doug Dieken and Casey Coleman. In 2006, Andre Knott joined and left after 2009.
Jamir Howerton joined the crew in 2010 and worked till 2014.
The 2023 season will be Jim’s 25th year. He will become the second longest-serving person on the radio network.
Nathan took the role of the sideline reporter in 2014 and remained in the position till 2021. He was promoted to the commentator’s booth in 2022.
JW Johnson, Browns’ Executive Vice President, said, “Nathan’s enthusiasm and intimate knowledge of our organization set a strong foundation as he offers in-depth, personal analysis to complement Jim’s extraordinary play by play for The Doug Radio Booth.”
The new color commentator was hired to fill the spot of Doug Dieken, who served as an analyst from 1985 to 2021.
Zegura is also the Senior Media Broadcaster for the Browns.
Cherry has been affiliated with the flagship radio station since 2009. He started as a talk show presenter and analyst in his initial days.
The 50-year-old is a former Strong Safety picked by the New Orleans Saints in the 40th place in the 1996 draft. He played for them till 1999.
In 2000, he played for the Eagles and joined the Patriots in 2001.
During his last run in the National Football League, he won Super Bowl XXXVI, XXVIII, XXXIX with Tom Brady and company.
The post-football career for the former California Golden Bears athlete saw him work as a broadcaster. He joined the pregame show as a host for the Browns Radio Network in 2013.
His role with the network changed once again in 2022. He will be entering his second year as a sideline analyst.
Cleveland Browns Radio Stations List
Cleveland Brown radio station comprises flagship networks, WKNR 850 AM, WKRK-FM 92.3, and WNCX 98.5 FM. They operate from Cleveland.
The radio stations covering the Dawg Pound are primarily based in Ohio. Various affiliate radio networks operate in Pennsylvania, New York, and West Virginia.
Here is a list of all the radio stations that air the Browns game in the Greater Cleveland and surrounding areas:
|Network Station Callsign and Frequency||City|
|WKNR 850 AM, WKRK-FM 92.3, WNCX 98.5 FM||Cleveland|
|WAKR 1590 AM, W228EL 93.5 FM, WONE-FM 97.5||Akron|
|WHBC 1480 AM, WHBC-FM 94.1||Canton|
|WKKI 94.3 FM||Celina|
|WMJK 100.9 FM||Clyde|
|WBNS 1460 AM, WBNS-FM 97.1||Columbus|
|WZLR 95.3 FM, W266BG 101.1 FM||Dayton|
|WJER 1450 AM, W265DL 100.9 FM||Dover-New Philadelphia|
|WPSE 1450 AM, W289CP 107.1 FM||Erie|
|WFOB 1430 AM, W289CP 105.7 FM||Fostoria|
|WKKY 104.7 FM||Geneva|
|WWSR 93.1 FM||Lima|
|WRGM 1440 AM, W294CK 106.7 FM||Mansfield|
|WKST 1200 AM, W250CW 97.9 FM||New Castle|
|WBTC 1540 AM, W270CI 101.9 FM||Uhrichsville|
|WKKX 1600 AM, W251CY 98.1 FM||Wheeling|
|WQKT 104.5 FM||Wooster|
Cleveland Browns 850 ESPN goes by the callsign WKNR 850 AM. The network is one of the three flagship networks of the franchise. It falls under the ownership of Good Karma Brands.
Cleveland Browns radio network initiated its broadcast in 1926 as WLBV. From 1929 to 1985, it was labeled as WJW.
Similarly, in 1985, the company opted for WRMR, which lasted till 2001. The present call sign has been actively used since 3rd July 2001.
Following that change, the brand introduced ‘SportsTalk 850’ with some fresh voices of Kenny Roda, Ken Silverstein, Kendall Lewis, Greg Brinda, and Bruce Drennan.
The change of ownership to Good Karma occurred on 4th December 2006.
It was only in March 2013 that they joined hands with the Cleveland Browns. Since then, it has been broadcasting shows like ‘Cleveland Browns Daily’ and pregame and postgame shows like ‘Opening Drive’ and ‘Cleveland Prime Time.’
Browns TV Commentators For 2023-24 Season
Cleveland Browns TV announcers for the December 28th game are Al Michaels (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (analyst), and Kaylee Hartung (sideline).
The week 17 fixture will see the Brown welcome the Jets. Prime Video will stream the Thursday Night Football.
For the upcoming week 3 to week 18 matches, CBS has been slotted to cover seven, Fox will cover five, and two are undecided.
The Fox Sports have allocated these sets for the entire year:
- Mike Pereira (rules analyst), Dean Blandino (rules analyst)
- Adam Amin (play-by-play), Mark Schlereth (analyst), Kristina Pink (sideline)
- Chris Myers (play-by-play), Robert Smith (analyst), Jen Hale (sideline)
- Joe Davis (play-by-play), Daryl Johnston (analyst), Pam Oliver (sideline)
- Kenny Albert (play-by-play), Jonathan Vilma (analyst), Shannon Spake (sideline)
- Kevin Burkhardt (play-by-play), Greg Olsen (analyst), Erin Andrews (sideline), Tom Rinaldi (sideline)
- Kevin Kugler (play-by-play), Mark Sanchez (analyst), Laura Okmin (sideline)
Likewise, the CBS broadcasters are:
- Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Tony Romo (analyst), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)
- Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Charles Davis (analyst), Evan Washburn (sideline)
- Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Trent Green (analyst), Melanie Collins (sideline)
- Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Tiki Barber (analyst), Matt Ryan (analyst), A.J. Ross (sideline)
- Spero Dedes (play-by-play), Adam Archuleta (analyst)
- Tom McCarthy (play-by-play), James Lofton (analyst), Jay Feely (analyst)
- Chris Lewis (play-by-play), Jason McCourty (analyst), Ross Tucker (analyst)
- Gene Steratore (rules analyst)
The batch of commentators for a week is determined only three or four days before the game. So, the announcers for the Browns game can be any of the above groups.