Browns replace Bernie on broadcast

The NFL will announce their 2014 schedule later this evening, but the Browns made an announcement regarding their preseason broadcast team on the television side this afternoon.  

Former Browns quarterback Bernie Kosar has been replaced by veteran commentator Solomon Wilcots as the analyst for the games according to a release put out by the Browns.

The release stated the changes this way:

The Browns and WKYC are revamping their broadcast team, welcoming veteran commentator Solomon Wilcots to the preseason television booth. Additionally, the Browns are exploring more opportunities to allow fans to hear from Bernie Kosar, the All-Pro quarterback who guided the team to three AFC Championship games in the 1980s.

The release also elaborated more on Kosar’s role:

The Browns are in discussions with Kosar on potential new roles, which could include segments on, Cleveland Browns Daily on WKNR-850 AM, and the PNC Bank Cleveland Browns Radio Network. Kosar also could be part of the pregame telecasts for preseason games.

Wilcots will serve as color commentator alongside WKYC’s Jim Donovan, the Voice of the Browns since 1999. He is a regular-season analyst for the NFL on CBS. Browns fans are familiar with Wilcots as he called six Browns games in 2013 and 11 over the past three seasons.

"Once again we look forward to continuing our tradition of broadcasting Cleveland Browns preseason football," said Brooke Spectorsky, president and general manager of WKYC-TV. "We’ve added Solomon Wilcots to our broadcast team as color analyst.

"At the same time, we wanted to explore having Bernie’s presence with our broadcast team, possibly providing analysis during the pregame show with various segments throughout the preseason."

Added Browns President Alec Scheiner, "We look forward to again having WKYC as our preseason broadcast partner. We welcome Solomon and are excited to look further into additional opportunities to continue to engage Bernie with our fans. We want Browns fans to look forward to seeing and hearing his continued contributions and analysis on not only our preseason telecasts, but also our radio network and"

New head coach Mike Pettine will make his unofficial Browns debut when Cleveland kicks off the 2014 preseason in Detroit on Aug. 9. Two weeks later will be the first game since FirstEnergy Stadium has been renovated as the St. Louis Rams come to town.  

The Browns will play on ESPN on Monday Aug. 18 against the Washington Redskins.  

2014 Preseason Schedule

Sat., Aug. 9  at  Detroit Lions   WKYC   7:30 p.m.

Mon., Aug. 18    at Washington Redskins   ESPN 8 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 23      ST. LOUIS RAMS       FIRSTENERGY STADIUM    WKYC   8 p.m.

Thur., Aug. 28        CHICAGO BEARS     FIRSTENERGY STADIUM    WKYC   8 p.m.

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