Notre Dame football has their radio booth set for the 2018-19 season. Paul Burmeister joins the broadcast as play-by-play announcer, along with analyst Ryan Harris and field reporter Jack Nolan.
The trio replaces play-by-play announcer Don Criqui and analyst Allen Pinkett who worked together on Notre Dame football radio since 2006. In June, it was announced Criqui and Pinkett would not return for the upcoming season.
“In Paul, Ryan and Jack, we have an incredible collection of talent and experience, each with a unique appreciation for the history and tradition of the University of Notre Dame,” said Theodore Loehrke, president of the joint venture between Notre Dame and JMI Sports.
Burmeister has a long list of media credentials, having worked as a play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports since 2011. The former Iowa and Minnesota Vikings quarterback also spent 10 seasons as an NFL Network analyst. From 2007-2011 Burmeister called preseason football for the Jacksonville Jaguars and did the same for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2012-2015.
“Growing up in a college town and then playing quarterback in the Big Ten, I developed a lifelong love of college football, all its traditions, and how special it can make a fall Saturday feel,” said Burmeister. “I don’t know if there’s a place that combines all of that better than Notre Dame.
“I hope my respect for the Notre Dame tradition and enthusiasm for this challenge will help lead to insightful and enjoyable broadcasts.”
New color analyst Ryan Harris played for Notre Dame from 2004-07 and continued on to have a 10-year NFL career, winning a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos in 2016. Harris currently co-hosts an afternoon drive radio show on Altitude 950 in Denver with Nate Kreckman.
Jack Nolan will begin his 37th season covering the Fighting Irish, having previously served as the football play-by-play voice from 1982-90. In addition to being the team’s current field reporter, Nolan also calls Notre Dame men’s basketball, a position he’s filled since 1982.