Eight days before Missouri’s highly anticipated men’s basketball season opener against Iowa State, the Missouri athletic department announced the team’s new radio color commentator.
Chris Gervino, the sports director at KOMU 8 and the Missouri football sideline reporter for Tiger Network Radio since 1992, will replace Gary Link, who held the position for the previous 21 seasons.
“I’m excited and honored to be part of the Tiger broadcast team at the University of Missouri, my alma mater, and grateful to Learfield and Mizzou for this opportunity,” Gervino said in a statement.
On Oct. 19, it was announced that Link had been relieved of his duties working alongside Mike Kelly, the network’s play-by-play broadcaster, and that it would be “inappropriate to comment further on a personnel matter.”
Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Link was fired for being “too critical” of colleagues in the athletic department.
The sports director at KOMU 8 since January 2000, Gervino is a graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Not only did he call play-by-play for Missouri men’s basketball on the Mizzou TV Network from 2000-14, but he also was the play-by-play voice for the Kansas City Brigade of the Arena Football League from 2006-08.
Before being hired at KOMU, Gervino was the sports director at KMIZ-TV from 1988-99. He also served as sports director at KFRU/1400 AM from 1992-2001.
“We’re thrilled to have Chris work alongside Mike to provide Tiger fans a great experience this season,” said Nick Garner, general manager for Learfield’s Mizzou Sports Properties. “Chris has been a valued member of the Tiger Network for the past 25 years, and we’re pleased to have him moving into the role of color analyst on our men’s basketball broadcasts.”
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