Broadcast Partners Take A Liking To Corvallis
JB Long has become a pretty recognizable face at Oregon State men’s basketball games. It’s a good thing, because his broadcast partner is pretty much the face of the Beavers.
Long and Lamar Hurd have teamed up to broadcast 19 matches this season on the Pac-12 Networks. Hurd is a former Oregon St. point guard who has become a valuable ambassador to the Beavers athletic department. Long has made himself at home in Corvallis as well – earlier this season he spent a week there just to familiarize himself with the people and the places in town.
“The hardest part of working with Lamar – and it’s the only hard part – is he has so many demands on his time and attention from the moment he steps foot in Gill (Coliseum),” Long said. “And it doesn’t stop with the jump ball. He gets handshakes and hugs during timeouts. The biggest thing is making sure that when the time comes, I pull him away from that 15th picture to make sure he is on the air.”
Long and Hurd have become a pseudo-regular broadcast team for the Beavers. That has allowed the announcers to provide more in-depth insight about the program and develop relationships within the athletic department.
Of course, Hurd already had extensive relationships within the Oregon St. athletic department. But they have strengthened even more this season.
“My relationships with the athletic department, and even the university, has grown,” Hurd said. “It’s at a point where the president of the university now recognizes who I am. That’s humbling. I’m always introducing JB to people. They love him. They feel like he’s one of their own now.”
When Long found out he would be working a lot of Beavers games this season, he asked the Pac-12 Networks for permission to set up shop in town for a week. He familiarized himself with the campus and surrounding community, folks inside the athletic department and the student-athletes and coaches themselves. He was invited as a guest for Oregon State’s weekly radio show that features men’s basketball coach Craig Robinson and players.
Any other acclimation Long needed could be handled by Hurd, who has been more than happy to serve as Corvallis tour guide.
“Lamar is a local celebrity,” Long said. “He is absolutely adored around campus there. He helped me identify the sights and sounds around campus. It was the difference between being a tourist and going on a guided tour.”
Because they have worked so much together this season – they have also worked games in Pullman and Xxxx and have done xx games together total – Long and Hurd have formed a friendship off the mic as well.
“I owe him a dinner. We went out to dinner in Pullman and he was very adamant he would pay,” Hurd said. “We’ve had great conversations that extend outside of Pac-12 basketball. We always touch base on stuff now about stuff that is going on in each other’s lives.”