Gregory joins MSU men's basketball broadcast team; Crowder assumes play-by-play duties for Lady Bulldogs

By Miss. State Media Relations

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State finalized its radio broadcast crews for both the men’s and women’s basketball teams on Thursday with the announcement that Bart Gregory will join Jim Ellis in the Bulldogs booth, while Jason Crowder will take over the play-by-play duties for the Lady Bulldogs.

The moves come following the retirement of the legendary Jack Cristil back in March, while also completing the restructuring of the broadcast teams. In April, it was announced that Matt Wyatt will join Ellis and sideline reporter John Correro as the analyst for football.

“Bart has been a valuable asset to our broadcast teams for more than a decade, and his experience behind the mic will make for a smooth transition,” MSU athletics director Scott Stricklin said. “At the same time, we are excited to have Jason join the Lady Bulldogs. While he is taking on a new role, he certainly isn’t a stranger to Mississippi State athletics, having broadcast numerous games for various sports over the years.”

Gregory, a native of Nanih Waiya, Miss., who graduated from Mississippi State in 1999, began his broadcast career at the University of West Alabama in 2000 before returning to his alma mater the following year. During that time, he has broadcast women’s basketball, as well as select baseball and men’s basketball games. The past two years, he’s also served as a co-host of all MSU football pregame and postgame shows.

In addition to his radio responsibilities, Gregory currently serves as Assistant Athletic Director for Annual Giving, a position in the Bulldog Club he’s held since 2008. He began work on the MSU campus in March of 2000 as an account, selling sponsorships for the Bulldogs Sports Network.

“I’m very grateful to Scott Stricklin and Don Williams of Bulldog Sports Propertiesfor giving me this wonderful opportunity to live out a lifelong dream,” Gregory said. “Words can’t describe my excitement of getting to work with Jim Ellis, a great mentor and friend. To work with him is both a privilege and honor.

Crowder earned his broadcast journalism degree from MSU in 2003. For the past 10 years, he’s been the sports director at MSU’s flagship radio station, WFCA.

Since 2009, he’s been the play-by-play announcer for East Miss Community College, while also filling in for Mississippi State doing play-by-play for baseball, softball and women’s basketball the past two seasons.

“I’m honored, humbled and excited to have been given this opportunity with my alma mater,” Crowder said. “It has been a life-long dream for me to be a part of the Mississippi State Radio Network.”

Additional Comments:
“Bart did a great job calling play-by-play for our women’s team, and I’m looking forward to having him join Jim Ellis to broadcast our games. Both are very professional and will be great working together.” – MSU men’s basketball coach Rick Stansbury.

“We are excited Jason will be joining the Mississippi State Radio Network. He has been a part of the Bulldog family for many years and has done a tremendous job when broadcasting games and promoting all of our sports. Jason has a passion for his work and we look forward to working with him this season.” – MSU women’s basketball coach Sharon Fanning-Otis.

“Bart has done a great job for the network the last two years in every role he has assumed. His enthusiasm and passion for all sports at Mississippi State is evident in his work. We hope to be able to add some innovative things to the broadcast this year taking advantage of Bart’s talents. He and Jim will make a great team. Jason Crowder has been a great asset to all of us and did a tremendous job this past year when called upon to broadcast games for the Lady Bulldogs. We felt the time was right to reward him for his efforts. We are pleased to have him on our team.” – Don Williams, general manager for Bulldog Sports Properties, the multimedia rights holder for MSU athletics and a property of Learfield Sports.

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