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List of National League Championship Series Broadcasters

The following is a list of the national television and radio networks and announcers that have broadcast National League Championship Series games over the years. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

National television

2020s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Field reporter(s) Pregame host Pregame analysts Trophy presentation
2020 Fox[1] (Games 1, 4, 7) Joe Buck (Games 1-6)
Joe Davis (Game 7)
John Smoltz Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci Kevin Burkhardt Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, and Frank Thomas Tom Verducci
FS1 (Games 2-7)

Notes

2010s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator(s) Field reporter(s) Pregame hosts Pregame analysts Trophy presentation
2019 TBS Brian Anderson Ron Darling and Jeff Francoeur Lauren Shehadi Casey Stern Gary Sheffield, Pedro Martínez, Jimmy Rollins, and Curtis Granderson Brian Anderson
2018 FS1 (Games 1, 3-7) Joe Buck John Smoltz Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci Kevin Burkhardt Alex Rodriguez, David Ortiz, and Frank Thomas Tom Verducci
Fox (Game 2)
2017 TBS Brian Anderson Ron Darling Sam Ryan Casey Stern Gary Sheffield, Pedro Martínez, Jimmy Rollins, and Ryan Howard (Games 4-5) Brian Anderson
2016 FS1 Joe Buck John Smoltz Ken Rosenthal and Tom Verducci Kevin Burkhardt Alex Rodriguez, Pete Rose, Frank Thomas, and Tom Verducci (in Chicago) Kevin Burkhardt
2015 TBS Ernie Johnson Ron Darling and Cal Ripken Matt Winer and Sam Ryan Casey Stern Gary Sheffield, Pedro Martínez, and Dusty Baker Ernie Johnson
2014 Fox (Game 1) Joe Buck Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci Ken Rosenthal and Erin Andrews Kevin Burkhardt C. J. Nitkowski, Eric Karros, Gabe Kapler, and Frank Thomas Erin Andrews
FS1 (Games 2-5)
2013 TBS Ernie Johnson Ron Darling and Cal Riplen Craig Sager Keith Olbermann Tom Verducci, Pedro Martínez, and Gary Sheffield Ernie Johnson
2012 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver Ken Rosenthal
Erin Andrews (Games 1-4, 6-7)
Chris Myers (Game 5)
Matt Vasgersian Harold Reynolds, Eric Karros, and A. J. Pierzynski Erin Andrews
2011 TBS Brian Anderson Ron Darling and John Smoltz Craig Sager Matt Winer David Wells, Cal Ripken, and Dennis Eckersley Matt Winer
2010 Fox Joe Buck Tim McCarver Ken Rosenthal Chris Rose Eric Karros and Mitch Williams Chris Rose

Notes

2000s

Notes

  • In 2001, Game 5 of the NLCS and Game 4 of the ALCS were split between Fox and Fox Sports Net. This came off the heels of Fox airing an NFL doubleheader that particular day (October 21).
  • In 2002, Game 1 of the NLCS and Game 2 of the ALCS were split between Fox and Fox Sports Net. The regional split was done in order for Fox to avoid televising a weekday afternoon game.
  • In 2003, Game 1 of the ALCS and Game 2 of the NLCS were split between Fox and FX.
  • In 2004, Game 1 of the NLCS and Game 2 of the ALCS were split between Fox and Fox Sports Net. Also in 2004, Game 5 of the ALCS ran way into the time slot of Game 5 of the NLCS. As a result, the first seven innings of the NLCS game were shown on FX, except in the home markets of the teams competing in the NLCS, which saw the conclusion of the ALCS on FX and the NLCS on Fox.
  • In 2005, Game 1 of the NLCS and Game 2 of the ALCS were split between Fox and FX.
  • The 2007 NLCS on TBS marked the first time that a League Championship Series was exclusively broadcast on a cable television network.

1990s

Notes

  • The 1990 postseason started on a Thursday, while World Series started on a Tuesday due to the brief lockout.
    • In 1990, Major League Baseball and CBS went with some rather unconventional scheduling during the LCS round, with two consecutive scheduled off-days[20] in the NLCS after Game 2.
  • In 1991, CBS didn't come on the air for baseball for weeknight LCS telecasts until 8:30 p.m. ET. Instead, they opted to show programming such as Rescue 911 at 8 p.m. rather than a baseball pregame show.[21]
  • The 1994 National League Championship Series was planned to air on NBC. However, those plans were scrapped when a strike caused the entire postseason to be cancelled.
  • The rather messy 1995 arrangement was courtesy of "The Baseball Network", which was Major League Baseball's in-house production facility. ABC and NBC (who essentially, distributed the telecasts rather than produce them by themselves like in the past) shared the same on-air graphics and even the microphone "flags" had the "Baseball Network" logo on it with the respective network logo. In addition, the first four games of both of the 1995 League Championship Series were regionally televised.

1980s

Notes

  • The rather unusual 1984 NLCS schedule (which had an off day after Game 3 rather than Game 2) allowed ABC to have a prime time game each weeknight even though Chicago's Wrigley Field did not have lights at the time (which remained the case until four years later). ABC used Tim McCarver as a field reporter during the 1984 NLCS. During the regular season, McCarver teamed with Don Drysdale on backup games[52] while Al Michaels, Jim Palmer and Earl Weaver/Howard Cosell formed ABC's number one broadcasting team.
  • On Thursday, October 10, 1985, NBC didn't come on the air for Game 2[53] of the NLCS until 8:30 p.m. ET to avoid disrupting The Cosby Show at 8.[54] NBC would do the same thing for Thursday night games in subsequent postseasons. Dick Enberg hosted the 1985 NLCS pregame shows with Joe Morgan.[55] It was Enberg who broke the news to most of the nation that Vince Coleman was injured before Game 4. NBC even aired an interview with one of the few people who actually saw the incident, a Dodger batboy.
  • On October 15, 1986, Game 6 of the NLCS ran so long (lasting for 16 innings, 5 hours and 29 minutes), it bumped up against the start time of Game 7 of the ALCS (also on ABC).
    • Jack Whitaker[56] served as an essayist during ABC's coverage of the 1986 NLCS.
    • During Game 6 of the NLCS, ABC color commentator Tim McCarver left the booth during the bottom of the 16th, in order to cover the expected celebration in the New York Mets' clubhouse. As a result, play-by-play man Keith Jackson was on the air by himself for a short time. Eventually, McCarver rejoined the broadcast just before the end of the game, watching the action on a monitor in the Mets' clubhouse, then doing the postgame interviews with the Mets.
    • Corey McPherrin, a sports anchor with WABC (ABC's flagship station out of New York) interviewed Mike Scott when he was presented with the 1986 NLCS MVP award after Game 6.
  • NBC used Don Sutton as a pre and postgame analyst for their 1987 LCS coverage. Marv Albert went back-and-forth during both 1987 LCS.[57] He hosted the pregame for Game 1[58] of the NLCS with Joe Morgan,[59] and in fact had to read the lineups to the viewing audience. There was a problem with the St. Louis P.A. feed, so he ended up reading the script from the Cardinal dugout while the players were introduced to the crowd. He then went to Minnesota the next night to host the ALCS pregame with Don Sutton. Jimmy Cefalo hosted the pregame coverage for Game 5 of the NLCS, as Marv Albert was away on a boxing assignment for NBC.
  • Game 2 of the 1988 NLCS didn't start until 10 p.m. ET due to a vice presidential debate.[63] This is the latest ever scheduled start for an LCS game.
  • NBC play-by-play man Vin Scully was unable to call Game 2 of the 1989 NLCS (on Wednesday, October 4) because he had come down with laryngitis.[65] Thus, number two play-by-play man, Bob Costas filled-in for him.[65] Around the same time, Costas was assigned to call the American League Championship Series between Oakland and Toronto. Game 2 of the NLCS occurred on Thursday, October 5, which was an off day[66] for the ALCS. NBC then decided to fly Costas from Toronto to Chicago to substitute for Scully on Thursday night. Afterwards, Costas flew back to Toronto, where he resumed work on the ALCS the next night.
    • NBC used Mike Schmidt as a guest analyst (Marv Albert served as the pregame host) for Game 1 of the NLCS. Schmidt subsequently, did on-field reporting for the series. Schmidt also provided periodic commentary (albeit, taped prior to the playoffs) for ABC during the 1988 NLCS.

1970s

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1979 NBC Joe Garagiola Tony Kubek and Don Sutton[67]
1978 ABC Al Michaels Don Drysdale and Johnny Bench[68]
1977 NBC Joe Garagiola (in Los Angeles)
Jim Simpson (Game 3)
Dick Enberg (Game 4)
Tony Kubek (in Los Angeles)
Maury Wills (Game 3)
Don Drysdale (Game 4)
1976 ABC Al Michaels Warner Wolf and Tom Seaver
1975 NBC Joe Garagiola (in Cincinnati)
Curt Gowdy (in Pittsburgh)
Maury Wills (in Cincinnati)
Tony Kubek (in Pittsburgh)
1974 Jim Simpson (Game 1)
Curt Gowdy (in Los Angeles)
Maury Wills (Game 1)
Tony Kubek (in Los Angeles)
1973 Curt Gowdy (in Cincinnati[69])
Jim Simpson (in Queens, New York)
Tony Kubek (in Cincinnati)
Maury Wills (in Queens, New York)
1972 Jim Simpson (Game 1)
Curt Gowdy (in Cincinnati)
Sandy Koufax (Game 1)
Tony Kubek (in Cincinnati)
1971 Curt Gowdy (in San Francisco)
Jim Simpson (in Pittsburgh)
Tony Kubek (in San Francisco)
Sandy Koufax (in Pittsburgh)
1970 Curt Gowdy (in Pittsburgh)
Jim Simpson (in Cincinnati)
Tony Kubek (in Pittsburgh)
Sandy Koufax (in Cincinnati)

Notes

  • In 1970, NBC televised the second games of both League Championship Series on a regional basis. Some markets got the NLCS at 1 p.m. ET along with a 4 p.m. NFL game while other markets got the ALCS at 4 p.m. along with a 1 p.m. NFL game.
  • NBC did not air Game 2[70] of the 1972 NLCS or the 1974 NLCS.
  • Except for Game 1 in both series, all games in 1975 were regionally televised. Game 3 of both League Championship Series were aired in prime time, the first time such an occurrence happened.
  • 1976 marked the first time that all LCS games were televised nationally.

1969

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentators
1969 NBC Jim Simpson (Game 1)
Curt Gowdy (Games 2-3)
Sandy Koufax (Game 1)
Tony Kubek (Games 2-3)

Notes

  • In the early years of the League Championship Series,[71] NBC typically televised a doubleheader on the opening Saturday, followed by a single game on Sunday (because of NFL coverage). They then covered the weekday games with a 1.5 hour overlap, joining the second game in progress when the first one ended. NBC usually swapped announcer crews after Game 2.
  • From 1969 to 1983, the Major League Baseball television contract allowed a local TV station in the market of each competing team to also carry the LCS games. So in 1969, for example, Mets fans in New York could choose to watch either the NBC telecast or Lindsey Nelson, Bob Murphy and Ralph Kiner on WOR-TV.

Surviving telecasts

For all of the League Championship Series telecasts spanning from 1969 to 1975, only Game 2 of the 1972 American League Championship Series (Oakland vs. Detroit) is known to exist. However, the copy on the trade circuit of Game 2 of the 1972 ALCS is missing the Bert Campaneris-Lerrin LaGrow brawl. There are some instances where the only brief glimpse of telecast footage of an early LCS game can be seen in a surviving newscast from that night. For instance, the last out of the 1973 National League Championship Series as described by Jim Simpson was played on that night's NBC Nightly News, but other than that, the entire game is gone. On the day the New York Mets and Baltimore Orioles wrapped up their respective League Championship Series in 1969, a feature story on the CBS Evening News showed telecast clips of the ALCS game (there's no original sound, just voiceover narration). This is all that likely remains of anything from that third game of the Orioles-Twins series. While all telecasts of World Series games starting with 1975 are accounted for and exist, the LCS is still a spotty situation through the late 1970s:

  • 1976 ALCS - Only Game 5 from the ABC vault is known to exist.
  • 1976 NLCS - An off-air recording of Game 3, taped in the Portland market is the only game that is known to exist. Apparently, this copy which makes the trade circuit is the only extant version because a second-hand story says that the ABC vault copy has no sound.
  • 1977 - Major League Baseball has in the vault, Game 3 of the NLCS (from the Philadelphia Phillies' local NBC affiliate) and apparently has all of Game 4 of the NLCS. Also, both the WPIX and NBC versions of Game 5 of the ALCS (both of which are also out there in terms of off-air recordings) are known to exist. Earlier games of the NLCS and ALCS have not surfaced and may not exist in the vault.
  • 1978 - Trade collectors have all four games of the ALCS (the ABC version) but only Game 4 of the NLCS (again, the source copies are those taped by those at home).

Local television

As previously mentioned, from 1969 until 1983, the Major League Baseball television contract allowed a local TV station in the market of each competing team to also carry the LCS games.

1960s

Notes

  • 1969 - Locally, the NLCS was broadcast in New York City by WOR-TV, the Mets' flagship TV station, and WNBC-TV, the New York City, New York NBC affiliate, and in Atlanta by WSB-TV, the Braves' flagship TV station and Atlanta, Georgia NBC affiliate.

National radio

From 1969 to 1975, there was no official national radio network coverage of the League Championship Series. NBC only had the national radio rights to the All-Star Game and World Series during this period. Instead, national coverage was provided by local team radio broadcasts being syndicated nationally over ad hoc networks.

2020s

2010s

Notes

2000s

1990s

See also

1980s

1970s

Notes

1969

Year Network Play-by-play Color commentator
1969 Robert Wold Radio Bob Prince Gene Elston

Local radio

From 1969 to present, with the exception of the period between 1969 and 1975, the non-national radio broadcasts of the National League Championship Series we're broadcast on the flagship station and the radio network of the teams participating in the National League Championship Series.

2000s

Notes

1980s

Notes

1960s

Notes

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