Brad Johansen’s return came as quickly as his departure Wednesday when he was named the play-by-play announcer for the Bengals preseason television network based on Cincinnati’s Local 12. Swapping places with Dan Hoard, the man that replaced him in the regular-season radio booth, Johansen reunites with Anthony Muñoz as the Bengals Hall of Fame left tackle heads into his 15th season as the preseason TV analyst.
Johansen, Local 12 sports director, worked with Muñoz during the 1998 and 1999 preseasons before he became the radio voice in 2000. During the development of his foundation that raises money for Cincinnati’s underprivileged, One City Foundation, Johansen has had a lot of contact with Muñoz’s foundation down through the years.
“Anthony and I are long-time friends, so it’s very comfortable in that sense,” Johansen said. “And his style is very laid back and he’s always easy to work with.”
The move shows just how comfortable the Bengals are with Johansen, turning to him just weeks after replacing him in the radio booth with Hoard. And that Johansen is comfortable behind any mike.
“I love to call games. I’m always looking to call games,” Johansen said. “My understanding is that they wanted a guy who is able to do a lot of different things that my TV schedule wouldn’t allow me to do.
“I’m glad we were able to work this out.”
When the Bengals announced two months ago they were moving the production and sales of their radio network in-house, they tapped Hoard for the radio booth in anticipation of giving him a variety of roles on Bengals.com, Bengals Facebook and Twitter, TV spots, and radio shows.
Along with Hoard and Johansen, Muñoz has worked with George Vogel and Paul Keels during the preseason. Mike Valpredo, of the TVG Network in Los Angeles, is in for his seventh preseason as the sideline reporter.
“We are proud to provide our fans with this broadcast team,” Bengals executive vice-president Katie Blackburn said in the club’s press release. “Anthony, Brad and Mike bring a wealth of expertise and true Bengals knowledge. We know our fans like them and trust them.”
The slate of four preseason games, all on Local 12, starts Friday, Aug. 12 in Detroit at 7:30 p.m. The rest are 7 p.m. games on Sunday, Aug. 21 against the Jets in New Jersey, and Aug. 25 against Carolina and Sept. 1 against Indianapolis in Thursday night games at Paul Brown Stadium.
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