Karsch, Jansen to Host Michigan Football Pre-Game Tailgate Show

May 14, 2014

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan Athletic Department and IMG College, the university's multimedia rights partner, announced today that Doug Karsch and former U-M captain and NFL veteran Jon Jansen will co-host the Michigan IMG Radio Network's pre-game "Tailgate Show" this fall. Karsch will continue his duties as the sideline announcer on football broadcasts and Jansen will provide halftime and postgame radio commentary in addition to their pre-game show duties.

"I have gotten to know Jon Jansen over the years and he is great guy," said Karsch. "He is a very good story teller and his been in the battles in the Big Ten. Jon is going to be able to provide fans with a real unique insight into Michigan football. He will bring great energy to the broadcast every week. I can't wait to get started."

"I'm excited to be a part of the team that IMG and Michigan has assembled to bring Michigan football to our fans on Saturdays this fall," said Jansen. "The University and football program have always been very special to me, from my days as a player, as a fan and now as a broadcaster. Football season can't get here fast enough, Go Blue!"

"We're very excited to have Doug and Jon bringing to Wolverines fans a pre-game show more centered on Michigan football," said Ron Melnyk, general manager of Michigan IMG Sports Marketing. "The shift in focus will bring fans more impactful and relevant information about the team they love. Fans will be more engaged in the show than ever before."

The tandem will anchor the pre-game "Tailgate Show" from Pioneer High School on home football Saturdays starting two-and-half hours before kickoff. Karsch and Jansen will provide fans with a new college football-centric broadcast for Wolverine fans tuning in from their car on the way to the game, tailgating or listening around the world on MGoBlue.com. The new "Tailgate Show" will continue to include guest appearances from University of Michigan director of athletics Dave Brandon, former Michigan football greats and members of the media. When the Wolverines are on the road, Karsch and Jansen will begin their broadcast two-and-half hours before kickoff.

In addition, Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf will contribute to the pre-game "Tailgate Show" and will close out the show 60 minutes prior to kickoff from the radio booth at Michigan Stadium or the opposition's venue.

Following are biographical sketches on Karsch and Jansen:

Doug Karsch
Sideline Reporter; Tailgate Show co-Host
Doug Karsch serves as host of multiple media productions covering University of Michigan sports. He is the host and in-game sideline reporter for U-M football radio broadcasts and works as a reporter for various sports events on MGoBlue.com.

Karsch was a host of the Inside Michigan football, basketball and athletic department radio shows. In addition, Karsch was the host of the Wolverine Sports Magazine television program on Fox Sports Detroit (FSD).

In addition to hosting U-M sports programs, Karsch is the co-host of 97.1 The Ticket's Karsch and Anderson Show. Before joining WXYT-AM in Feb. 2001, Karsch could be heard locally on WTKA 1050 in Ann Arbor for eight years (1994-2001). He started his career at WEYI TV-25 in Clio, Mich.

During his career, he has been involved with ESPN College Football Tailgate on ESPN radio, covered NASCAR and CART races at Michigan International Speedway and reported from the Michigan football locker room following the Wolverines' national championship victory over Washington State in 1997.

Karsch received a degree in communications from Michigan State University in 1992. He and his wife, Susan, reside in Ann Arbor with their two sons, Brendan and A.J., and daughter Kaylie.

Jon Jansen
Tailgate Show co-Host
Jon Jansen joins the Michigan Football Radio Team after a successful NFL career and broadcasting stint with the Big Ten Network. Jansen spent three seasons as a color analyst and sideline reporter for the BTN (2011-13). He also served as an analyst on the Next Level and BTN Live broadcasts. During his NFL career, Jansen made appearances on CBS NFL Today, ESPN and NFL Network and co-hosted Monday Night Live show for three years in Washington. He also wrote weekly articles for the Washington Times and Detroit Free Press during his NFL career.

A first-team All-America offensive tackle in 1998, Jon Jansen also earned Academic All-America honors that year. He set Michigan's school record by starting all 50 games during his four-year playing career at right tackle. Jansen put his talents to good use in the classroom, receiving Michigan's Big Ten Medal of Honor for his academic, athletic and community achievements. He was a two-time captain who led U-M to back-to-back conference championships (1997, 1998) and helped lead the Wolverines to the 1997 national title. Jansen earned Academic All-Big Ten honors twice (1997-98) and was named the 1998 Big Ten Offensive Lineman of the Year.

He was drafted in the second round of the NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins. The 37th pick of the 1999 draft, Jansen played 10 seasons for the Redskins before joining the Detroit Lions for his final season. He started 125 of the 137 games played during his career, earning the Redskins Player of the Year honors in 2001 and All-Pro second team accolades in 2005. Jansen was named one of the 80 greatest Redskins of all-time.

Jansen and his wife, Martha, a former U-M women's swimmer, have four children: daughters, Lucy, Ruby and Ellie, and a son, Jack. He is the co-owner of CrossFit Petoskey.

Contact: David Ablauf

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