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Charlotte, N.C. – Raycom Sports today announced the ACC Network broadcast team for the 2013 ACC football season. Veteran ACC Network announcers Steve Martin and Tim Brant will once again split play-by-play duties in the booth during the season. They will team up with Dave Archer, who begins his fourth season as analyst for ACC telecasts. Rachel Baribeau will join the ACC Network team as sideline reporter this season, as Mike Hogewood retires from the sidelines after 26 years.
In addition, Tom Werme and Tommy Bowden return to the studio for the ACC Blitz powered by Ram.
Martin is a 45-year broadcast veteran and one of the most recognizable voices in the Southeast. He serves as a play-by-play man for ACC Network football and basketball telecasts. This is his 22nd year overall as college football play-by-play man for Raycom Sports. Steve is the coordinator of broadcast operations for the NBA Charlotte Bobcats and the television play-by-play host. He also served as vice president of broadcast operations for the New Orleans/Charlotte Hornets.
Brant handles play-by-play duties for ACC Network Football and Basketball telecasts. He has spent nearly forty years covering sports for Raycom, CBS and ABC Sports. Currently he is Vice President and Sports Director for ABC 7 / WJLA-TV in Washington DC. He has served many roles including sideline reporter, analyst and play-by-play. He is a veteran of two Olympics and for more than a decade was the morning co-host for ABC-owned WMAL Radio in Washington, DC. A star linebacker and defensive captain at Maryland, he was with the Washington Redskins before a career-ending knee injury.
Archer was part of Raycom’s SEC broadcasts for seven seasons. Since 2003 he has also served as a radio analyst for the Atlanta Falcons. An eight-year veteran of the NFL, he played quarterback for the Falcons, Redskins, Chargers and Eagles. He also played 5 years in the CFL and one in the WLAF, where he won a World Bowl championship and was the game MVP. Archer played collegiately at Iowa St. and was inducted into the ISU Hall of Fame in 2005.
Baribeau is a 2003 graduate of the Auburn University Broadcast Journalism program. She has worked with national broadcasters such as Fox Sports, ESPN, CBS Sports and Yahoo. Her various posts include roles such as: Sports Editor, Sports Radio Talk Show Host, Sideline Reporter, Internet Anchor and Field Reporter. In 2008, she became the first known female Sports Reporter to ever participate in a Professional Football Training Camp.
Werme is a 20-year broadcast veteran. He works with the ACC Digital Network, and also appears on ESPN platforms, FOX Sports South and the Big Ten Network as a play-by-play announcer for a variety of sports, including basketball and football. Werme’s station experience includes stops in Boston, Providence, and Springfield. Werme continues to do sports anchor work for the NBA’s Charlotte Bobcats.
Tommy Bowden is a two-time ACC Coach of the Year, posting a 72-45 record as the head coach for Clemson University in almost ten seasons. The Tigers were bowl eligible every year he was there. He guided Clemson to the Dr Pepper ACC Football Championship game in 2009. Prior to Clemson, he led Tulane University to an 18-4 record over two seasons and earned Conference USA Coach of the Year honors. His 1998 Tulane squad went 12–0 and achieved a top-10 final ranking in both polls. Bowden is a graduate of West Virginia University, where he played wide receiver.
Charlotte-based Raycom Sports is a leading independent sports sales & marketing, syndication, event management and production firm. Raycom is the current syndicated television rightsholder of ACC men’s basketball and football telecasts through 2023.
In a partnership with the ACC, Raycom operates the ACC Network, which distributes ACC content through live television broadcasting, original programming via digital technologies, historical archives, mobile applications, social media, ACC Championship events and the official ACC website.
Raycom Sports’ parent company Raycom Media, located in Montgomery, AL, owns and operates 48 television stations covering over 12 percent of the United States across 18 states.