Notre Dame announces radio team for Irish football games

Tyler James
South Bend Tribune

The voice of Paul Burmeister may be familiar to Notre Dame football fans.

In April, he provided the play-by-play for Notre Dame’s Blue-Gold Game telecast on NBC Sports Network for the third consecutive year. Burmeister also filled in for Mike Tirico on the NBC telecast of Notre Dame’s 52-17 win over Miami (Ohio) last season.

Now the studio host and play-by-play announcer will be bringing his voice to Notre Dame radio broadcasts. On Wednesday, the university and its radio partners announced Burmeister would take over as the play-by-play broadcaster on Irish football games. Notre Dame agreed in April to a 12-year partnership with JMI Sports, a collegiate marketing firm, that included national football radio rights.

Burmeister will be joined by former Notre Dame offensive lineman and 10-year NFL pro Ryan Harris as the color analyst and Fighting Irish Media’s Jack Nolan as the field analyst.

Earlier this year, the Tribune reported JMI Sports chose not to bring back Don Criqui and Allen Pinkett in the radio booth. The two had called Notre Dame football games together since the 2006 season.

Burmeister, who played quarterback at Iowa, has filled various roles for NBC Sports Group since 2011. He co-hosted Pro Football Talk on NBC Sports Network and has done play-by-play for Mountain West Conference football games and the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Burmeister worked for the NFL Network as a studio host for several shows. including “NFL Total Access” and did play-by-play of the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Game. He’s also called preseason games for the Jacksonville Jaguars and Kansas City Chiefs.

Harris brings much less broadcasting experience to the booth as he only recently retired from the NFL in March 2017. After starting 45 games at offensive tackle for the Irish, Harris was selected by the Denver Broncos in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft. His 10-year career included stops with five teams and a Super Bowl 50 victory with the Broncos.

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Nolan has been seen and heard covering Notre Dame athletics since 1982. He has served as the play-by-play radio announcer for Notre Dame men’s basketball games, and co-hosts radio and television shows with Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly and men’s basketball coach Mike Brey.

Former Notre Dame offensive lineman Ryan Harris meets the media at the NFL Combine in 2007.