One month after losing his play by play job as the radio voice of the Oakland Raiders, Greg Papa has landed a new opportunity. Papa has accepted an opportunity to take over as host of 49ers Pregame Live and 49ers Postgame Live on NBC Sports Bay Area.
Papa spent the last 21 seasons calling Raiders games, becoming a huge favorite of the team’s fan base. The decision to drop him was made by Raiders owner Mark Davis, who has since replaced Papa and Tom Flores on the radio broadcast with Brent Musburger and Lincoln Kennedy.
The new assignment for Papa puts him in the anchor’s chair of NBC Sports Bay Area’s 49ers pre and postgame coverage starting on Sunday, September 9th when the 49ers kickoff the regular season against the Minnesota Vikings. Papa will work with former 49ers safety Donte Whitner, who has been added as a gameday analyst, alongside Jeff Garcia who joined the broadcast last season. Whitner spent 11 seasons in the NFL, including three with the 49ers. Garcia also spent 11 years in the league, including his first five in San Francisco.
In addition, NBC Sports Bay Area has also added former 49ers defensive lineman Ian Williams as an analyst on 49ers Press Conference Live. The program runs the day after 49ers games, and features a live airing of head coach Kyle Shanahan’s weekly press conference. Williams played for the 49ers from 2011 to 2015.