Greg Papa Named Host of “49ers Pregame Live” and “49ers Postgame Live”
Former 49ers Players Donte Whitner and Ian Williams Join Network as Analysts
Laura Britt Joins 49ers Coverage as Host and Reporter
Complete Game Day Coverage with One-Hour “49ers Pregame Live” and
“49ers Postgame Live” Shows Before and After Every Game
“49ers Central,” “49ers Press Conference Live,” and “49ers Game Plan” to Provide Northern California’s
Most Comprehensive 49ers and NFL News, Top Stories
and Analysis All Season Long
NBCSportsBayArea.com to Feature Extensive Season-Long 49ers & NFL News,
Analysis, Exclusive Video and the “49ers Insider Podcast” with Matt Maiocco
Original Content Throughout Season Via NBC Sports Bay Area’s
Facebook, Instagram and Twitter Platforms
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – August 17 2018 – NBC Sports Bay Area and NBCSportsBayArea.com (@NBCSAuthentic), “Home of the Authentic 49ers Fan,” is set to kick off the 2018 NFL season with complete “Sunday to Sunday” coverage that includes: Greg Papa as the new host of 49ers Pregame Live and 49ers Postgame Live; former 49ers safety Donte Whitner (@DonteHitner39) and nose tackle Ian Williams (IWilliams95) joining the network’s 49ers coverage team; 49ers Pregame Live and 49ers Postgame Live shows before and after every game; season-long 49ers and NFL news and analysis on 49ers Press Conference Live, 49ers Central and 49ers Game Plan; and comprehensive 49ers and NFL news, analysis and insider reports on NBCSportsBayArea.com.
Plus, NBC Sports Bay Area will present original content throughout the season across various social media platforms: Facebook (facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic); Instagram (NBCSAuthentic); and Twitter (@NBCSAuthentic & @NBCS49ers).
NBC Sports Bay Area’s lineup of 49ers and NFL related programming for the season:
NEW THIS SEASON:
Greg Papa Joins Network's 49ers Coverage Team – Greg Papa, a three-time California Sportscaster of the Year, will anchor NBC Sports Bay Area’s 49ers Pregame Live and 49ers Postgame Live. He joins former 49ers Pro Bowl quarterback Jeff Garcia (@JeffGarciaJGFA), former 49ers safety Donte Whitner, NBCSportsBayArea.com 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoNBCS) and 49ers reporter Laura Britt (@Laura_Britt_) on the shows.
Papa, a veteran of Bay Area sports broadcasting for nearly three decades, has been the play-by-play voice for the San Francisco Giants, Golden State Warriors, Oakland A’s and Oakland Raiders and is the longtime host of NBC Sports Bay Area’s Golden State Warriors Pregame Live and Postgame Live.
49ers analysts Donte Whitner & Ian Williams – Former 49ers safety (2010-2013) Donte Whitner will serve as an analyst on 49ers Pregame Live, 49ers Postgame Live and 49ers Central. The two-time Pro Bowl safety also played for the Buffalo Bills (2006-2010), Cleveland Browns (2014-2015) and Washington Redskins (2016). Whitner also twice won the Garry Niver Award, which the San Francisco Chapter of the Pro Football Writers of America presents annually to a 49ers player for his cooperation and professional style in dealing with the media. A native of Cleveland, he was drafted in the first round with the #8 overall pick out of Ohio State.
Former 49ers nose tackle Ian Williams will serve as an analyst on 49ers Press Conference Live. He played for the 49ers from 2011-2016. In 2015, Williams was named a defensive team captain. A native of Altamonte Spring, Florida, he played at Norte Dame and was signed by the 49ers as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft.
49ers Pregame Live Airs Priors to Every Game – 49ers Pregame Live – the only live, locally produced 49ers pregame show – will now air prior to every home and away game. 49ers Pregame Live makes its season debut on Sunday, September 9 at 9 a.m. as the 49ers open the regular season against the Minnesota Vikings.
SEASON-LONG 49ERS PROGRAMS:
49ers Pregame Live – Prior to every game, 49ers Pregame Live – a one-hour show – provides the latest game day news, player updates, a detailed game preview and analysis, and on-field pregame reports. 49ers Pregame Live is hosted by three-time California sportscaster of the year Greg Papa, former 49ers safety Donte Whitner and former 49ers quarterback Jeff Garcia. Plus, NBCSportsBayArea.com 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco and 49ers reporter Laura Britt will provide additional pregame coverage with up-to-the-minute game day information. 49ers Pregame Live will broadcast live from the Faithful Mile – the official tailgate party location of 49ers games at Levi’s® Stadium – one hour prior to every home game. Fans are encouraged to attend the live broadcasts and to pick up free NBC Sports Bay Area giveaways.
49ers Postgame Live – 49ers Postgame Live, “the official postgame show of the 49ers,” continues to be the leading destination for The Faithful, with comprehensive one-hour coverage featuring in-depth game analysis, locker room interviews and player reactions, full coverage of Coach Kyle Shanahan's and key players’ press conferences and a preview of the following week’s game. 49ers Postgame Live is hosted by Greg Papa and features detailed postgame analysis from Donte Whitner, Jeff Garcia and Laura Britt. Matt Maiocco will also provide immediate postgame interviews and reaction from 49ers players and coaches. 49ers Postgame Live will broadcast from the field after home games.
49ers Press Conference Live – NBC Sports Bay Area and NBCSportsBayArea.com will present 49ers Press Conference Live – coverage from Coach Shanahan’s weekly press conference – the day following games. 49ers Press Conference Live is hosted by Laura Britt, with analysis from former 49ers nose tackle Ian Williams and Matt Maiocco reporting from Santa Clara.
49ers Central – 49ers Central, a half-hour show, is hosted by Laura Britt along with weekly contributions from 49ers analysts Donte Whitner, 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco and NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms. Throughout the 2018 NFL season, 49ers Central will feature interviews with players and coaches, examine the pivotal plays from the previous week’s game, and provide extensive analysis of the 49ers’ upcoming opponents.
49ers Game Plan – 49ers Game Plan is a half-hour program featuring a weekly sit-down with either 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan or general manager John Lynch and NBCSportsBayArea.com 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco. Each week during the NFL season, Shanahan or Lynch will provide The Faithful with an insightful preview of the 49ers’ next opponent, and a recap the team’s previous game. 49ers Game Plan will also include features, game highlights, and interviews with current and former players, coaches, front office personnel and other insiders. 49ers Game Plan debuts Saturdays on NBC Bay Area and re-airs on NBC Sports Bay Area. Visit NBCBayArea.com and NBCSportsBayArea.com for air dates and times.
49ERS DIGITAL CONTENT:
NBCSportsBayArea.com – NBCSportsBayArea.com delivers complete 49ers and NFL coverage and showcases 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco and Senior Insider Ray Ratto and provides insightful news and analysis, daily insider reports and two regular podcasts: “The 49ers Insider Podcast” with Matt Maiocco & Jeff Garcia and “The Happy Hour Podcast.” NBCSportsBayArea.com is the most extensive local source for exclusive online video; player, coach and front office personnel interviews; press conferences; and content from the network’s news programming.
NBC Sports Bay Area Social Media – Throughout the 2018 NFL season, NBC Sports Bay Area will deliver extensive original content across the network’s and on-air personalities’ various social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Plus, NBC Sports Bay Area will present live game-day content from Levi’s® Stadium at every 49ers home game. Follow NBC Sports Bay Area: Facebook (facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic); Instagram (NBCSAuthentic); Snapchat (NBCSAuthentic); and Twitter (@NBCSAuthentic & @NBCS49ers).
Game-Day Facebook Live Broadcasts –Two-hours prior to kick-off, 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco will present a comprehensive breakdown of the day’s match-up, the latest team developments and insider reports. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with Maiocco via Facebook Live.
NBC Sports Bay Area and NBC Sports California, both part of NBC Sports Regional Networks, serve more than four million households in Northern California, Nevada, Southern Oregon and Hawaii. NBC Sports Bay Area, the television home of MLB’s San Francisco Giants, NBA’s Golden State Warriors, and the official regional sports network of the San Francisco 49ers, also features a robust lineup of Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and original programming. NBC Sports California offers live coverage of MLB’s Oakland Athletics, NBA’s Sacramento Kings, NHL’s San Jose Sharks, MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes and is the official regional sports network of the Oakland Raiders. Collectively, these networks deliver more than 600 live game broadcasts per year. NBCSportsBayArea.com and NBCSportsCalifornia.com provide fans with comprehensive digital coverage of the hometown teams with original stories and content from a team of “Insiders,” breaking news, up-to-the-minute game previews/recaps, highlights and multimedia video clips. Follow both networks on social media –Twitter: @NBCSAuthentic; Instagram: NBCSAuthentic; Snapchat: NBCSAuthentic; and Facebook: facebook.com/NBCSAuthentic.
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