The USA cable network will televise a CFA game at 9 a.m. every Saturday. ESPN, meanwhile, will televise a 4:30 p.m. game every Saturday, and these will compete with the 5 p.m. telecasts of WTBS. Said Bernstein: "I think WTBS' move to night-time football is a careless one. We at ABC have found college football does not fare well on Saturday nights. Plus, WTBS' audience is being fragmented by the ESPN package."
Saturday's UCLA opener at BYU will be televised live at 4:30 p.m. by ESPN. . . . Saturday's USC opener at Illinois, which begins at 11 a.m., PDT, will be televised by the Satellite Programming Network (SPN) at 8:30 p.m. and again Sunday by Channel 2 at about 4 p.m., after U.S. Open coverage. . . . SPN, which will televise Illinois football on taped-delay all season, is carried by the following cable companies: Group W in Buena Park, El Monte, Fullerton, Gardena, Santa Monica, Seal Beach, South Gate, Torrance and Lompoc; Falcon in Pasadena and Riverside; Western in Compton; Rogers in Garden Grove; Pacific Cable in Hungtington Beach; Tribune Cable in Lakewood; Western in South El Monte; Santa Barbara Cable; and Coachella Valley Cable in Banning.
UCLA's radio announcers this season are Joel Meyers and Bob Steinbrinck, both full-time KMPC employees. Kent Derdivanis, who handled the play-by-play two years ago and shared duties with Meyers last season, was asked to be the commentator this season. He declined. Meyers reportedly was moved into the full-time play-by-play slot because KMPC wanted to him to get more recognition for promotional reasons. . . . The Trojans' radio voices on KNX will again be Tom Kelly and Fred Gallagher. USC's five-year contract with KNX, that covers both football and men's basketball, will pay a total of $1.46 million. But that's nothing compared to the radio deal the University of Washington recently made with Seattle radio station KIRO. It will pay $5.42 million over three years, or about $1.8 million a year, which is more than double what any other school gets from radio. Nebraska gets $700,000 per year for radio rights, Ohio State $550,000 and Oklahoma $500,000. . . . Speaking of college basketball, Channel 2 will televise, live, 19 games involving Pac-10 teams. Seven of those games will involve UCLA, five will involve USC, and one, on Jan. 29, will involve both. UCLA's nonconference game at North Carolina Nov. 24 will be the package opener, then 18 conference games will be shown starting Jan. 4. . . . Where they are now dept.: Former Ram Les Josephson is a radio commentator on Arizona football games. Ray Scott is the play-by-play announcer and former Arizona State and Arizona coach Ed Doherty the other commentator. . . . Cal State Fullerton's home football games this season will be televised by Titan Cable, which is available in Anaheim, Fullerton, Placentia and Santa Ana. The announcers are Eric Nelson, Bill Robertson and Wes Morgan. Titan Cable will also carry basketball and other Cal State Fullerton sports.