KKTV's Jesse Kurtz added to Air Force radio broadcast team

Aug. 6, 2012

Jesse Kurtz, sports director at KKTV in Colorado Springs, has been named color commentator for the Air Force football radio broadcasts. Kurtz replaces Lee Douglas, who passed away last February.

"We're very excited about the addition of Jesse Kurtz to our football radio broadcast crew," Air Force Director of Athletics Dr. Hans Mueh said. "He's established himself as one of the top news broadcasters in our area and has a vast knowledge of Air Force athletics. Jesse joining Jim Arthur and Jay Ritchie gives us a tremendous team."

Kurtz has served as sports director at KKTV since 2009 and was the station's weekend anchor for seven years prior to that. During his time at KKTV, Kurtz has helped launch such shows as Friday Night End Zone, Full Court Press and Double Coverage.

In addition to his work at KKTV, Kurtz has worked as a sideline reporter for nationally -televised NFL games and college basketball games. Kurtz served as a Top 25 voter for College Football's Harris Poll (1 of 114 in the country) from 2007-2010. He is also active in the Southern Colorado community volunteering his time for local charities and the Sportswomen of Colorado where he serves on the state selection committee for the annual awards banquet. Kurtz's work has received national recognition, as he won an Edward R. Murrow Award for sports reporting in 2010.

Before joining KKTV, Jesse spent two years at KCAU-TV in Sioux City, Iowa where he covered Nebraska's national championship run to the Rose Bowl and the College World Series. A Colorado native, Kurtz graduated Cum Laude from Colorado State University with a double-major in technical journalism and speech communication. Kurtz and his wife, Sjahna, have two sons, Kellen and Braden.

"We're very excited to have an award-winning journalist join the Air Force - IMG broadcast team," said Air Force IMG General Manager Brandon Forbis. "Jim Arthur is one of the best play-by-play announcers in the business and we believe Jesse's contributions to the broadcast will deliver an exciting product to Air Force fans listening around the world."

"I am tremendously honored to have an opportunity to play a role in the broadcast of Air Force Football," Kurtz said. "The team and institution represents everything that is right in college athletics. I am also honored to shoulder the responsibility of maintaining the legacy left behind by my good friend Lee Douglass. It is my goal to make Lee proud of my efforts."