Even before The Mtn., Courtney had a number of trailblazing accomplishments in her broadcasting career. She was the second female sports broadcaster to work at a top-70 market station, and at the age of 26, became one of the youngest sports directors in the country.

Courtney was headed for a career as an athlete, having sprouted past 6 feet by the age of 13, and she lettered in basketball, track, volleyball and water polo in high school. While playing basketball her junior year, she injured her knee, sidelining her hopes of attending college on a basketball scholarship. Instead she pursued a career in broadcasting and graduated from the Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in communications.

Her career path took her from an anchor job in Albany, New York, to a sports director position at the ABC/NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, to SPEED TV where she was the senior NASCAR commentator and filled in for FSN NASCAR shows. She then became a sports anchor for CNN Headline News in Atlanta before coming to The Mtn. Her work has earned her recognition for excellence in broadcasting by the International Executive Guild.

Courtney has always loved sports and comes from a family of professional athletes. Her father, Ed George, is a veteran of the CFL and the NFL. He played with the Baltimore Colts as well as the Philadelphia Eagles, including the team's 1978 "Miracle at The Meadowlands" game, and was inducted into the CFL Hall of Fame in 2005. Her grandfather also played CFL football.


With the launch of The Mtn., Marius Payton returned to the Rocky Mountain region after a two-year stint with Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic as an anchor/reporter for SportsNite and SportsRise.

Marius studied communications at Westminster College in Utah and started his sportscasting career in Salt Lake City in 1994 while working in a local restaurant. A longtime local sports anchor at KTVX-TV, the ABC affiliate, came in for a meal and Marius asked for advice about getting into television. He got a phone number and after following up the next day, immediately began helping put together sports broadcasts.

Marius worked his way up to producer and had his on-air debut during an NCAA tournament when the sports director lost his voice. During his tenure in Salt Lake City, he had the opportunity to cover the 1997 and 1998 NBA Finals, the 2002 NBA All-Star Game, and the 2004 Winter Olympic Games, earning several Emmy Award nominations for his work.

Host of "Mountain Peak Performances"
Football Sideline, Volleyball Play-by-Play, Studio Analyst

Anne Marie began working for SportsChannel in New York as a college student, and following graduation, she joined ESPN's coverage team. For the next 16 years she covered events such as the Super Bowl, heavyweight title fights, golf's majors, NCAA Final Fours, NBA and MLB playoffs and six Olympics, at times doing double duty as both producer and on-camera talent. She won three National Emmy Awards during her time at ESPN. In 2005, she began calling volleyball for CSTV, while covering football, volleyball, track and field and soccer for ESPN.

Anne Marie is an avid volleyball player and enjoys a wide array of athletic pursuits such as running half marathons, hiking, skiing, rollerblading and tennis. She is passionate about exotic travel and has journeyed to six continents.

Football, Men's Basketball, Baseball and Softball Play-by-Play; Studio Host

James was an All-Southeastern Conference linebacker at the University of Florida and captain of the Gators' 1996 national championship football team.

He has a wide range of sports broadcasting experience on OLN, SPIKE, SUN SPORTS, ESPN, TNN, Speed, and CSTV, hosting and providing play-by-play and color commentary.

In addition, James produced and hosted The James Bates Show, which was aired nationally by CSTV over the past two years. He has also held roles in film and television shows such as The Waterboy, The Animal, and John Grisham's Mickey.

James' father and brother coach for the NFL Denver Broncos. In his time off, James and his wife enjoy playing ball with their son and two daughters.

Men's Basketball Play-by-Play

A sportscasting veteran with over 13 years experience, Dave has anchored and reported for numerous national, regional and local broadcasts, including AFL Weekly. Dave's resume includes stops in Green Bay, Miami, Indianapolis and Dallas, as well as his current home, Denver. Along the way Dave's studio work has earned him a pair of Emmy nominations.

He has done play-by-play and sideline reporting for numerous professional and collegiate sports including the AFL, NCAA men's and women's basketball, MLB, the PGA and the NFL.

In addition to his current assignments with The Mtn., Dave currently hosts the afternoon drive sports-talk show Sportstown on KLZ-560 in Denver.

Football Analyst

Jon entered broadcasting in 2003 as a co-host and analyst for the Big 12 Conference for Fox Sports' Nissan Football Saturday, Hardcore Football, The BIG 12 Post Game Report, and the Southwest Sports Report. His versatility, energy, edge and insight have entertained viewers throughout the country. In addition to his broadcasting work, Jon is the head of global sales for an application development and IT services firm.

Jon is a 1992 graduate of the Ohio State University, where he was a special teams letterman, earned three OSU Scholar Athlete Awards, and graduated summa cum laude. Jon also played football at Centerville High School, and his 1986 team finished the season ranked 13th in the country by USA Today.

Jay Berwanger, Jon's uncle, was awarded the first Heisman trophy in 1935 for his outstanding performance at the University of Chicago and was the top selection in the first NFL draft in 1936.

Women's Basketball Analyst, Volleyball Analyst

Krista began covering the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs as an analyst in 1997, the debut year for the WNBA. Krista has co-hosted Monarchs Talk on Sports 1140 AM KHTK and has been a WNBA playoffs analyst for both NBA TV and Oxygen.

Krista has spent the last six seasons as an analyst and reporter covering the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament for ESPN, Westwood One and NCAA Productions.

For the past three years she worked as an analyst for FSN West, Northwest and Bay Area, covering West Coast Conference and Pac-10 men's and women's basketball. She also has covered NCAA men's and women's volleyball and women's basketball with CSTV for the last three seasons, also called women's college soccer and basketball with Comcast SportsNet last season, and covered the women's volleyball NCAA Tournament for ESPN.

Krista graduated with honors in telecommunications/public relations in 1993 from the University of Evansville, where, as a senior, she was named the NCAA "Sportswoman of the Year." She played professionally for the Kentucky Marauders of the Women's Basketball Association, as well as in Australia.

Men's Basketball Analyst

Dave has served as a college basketball color analyst for Fox Sports Net, Comcast SportsNet, and Sportswest Productions. He was the radio analyst for Bear Talk, following every University of California men's basketball game.

Dave also spent twenty-five years as a college basketball coach, including serving as head coach at Saint Mary's College and Cal Poly University, and holding numerous assistant coaching positions. He twice received Coach of the Year honors.

He is currently a scout for the Chicago Bulls. During the off-season he is a professional speaker, providing training and keynote speeches around the country that focus on leadership and teamwork.

Dave played football at Princeton and the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated with honors in 1972. He also earned a master's degree in athletic administration from Saint Mary's College in 1983.

Football and Men's Basketball Play-by-Play

Rich's broadcasting work includes college football play-by-play coverage for CSTV, ABC Sports and Fox Sports Net. He has also called play-by-play of NFL Europe on Fox, and covered the NFL on Fox as a sideline reporter. Rich also regularly works for Sports USA Radio Network covering college football and the NFL. For the past three seasons he has been the television voice of the nationally-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack, covering football and men's basketball.

In addition to his on-air work, Rich is a professor in the master's program of sports management at the University of San Francisco, where he teaches leadership and critical thinking. In 1994, Rich received a master's degree in mass communications from Fresno State, where two years earlier he was awarded his bachelor's degree in communications. Rich also earned a Ph.D. in sports administration from the University of New Mexico in 1997.

Football Sideline Reporter

Son of NFL legend Todd Christensen, Toby brings his own impressive football background to The Mtn. During his four years at Brigham Young University, Toby earned Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors two years in a row, and ranked third on the BYU roster with 30 receptions for 346 yards and a 28.8 yards-per-game average.

In high school, Toby was a three-year letter winner in basketball, a two-year letter winner in baseball, and graduated an AP Scholar with a 4.0 grade point average. After completing his studies at BYU in 2003 with a degree in communications, Toby entered broadcasting as a sports radio program host.

Football, Men's Basketball, Baseball and Softball Analyst; Studio Host

Todd is not just a legend in NFL and broadcasting circles; he is also half of a father-son team at The Mtn. (See Toby Christensen's bio above.) Todd was a standout at BYU before launching an NFL career, playing as a tight end with the Cowboys and the Raiders. He compiled some of the most impressive statistics ever posted for his position, and also led the NFL in total receptions in 1983 and 1986, tallied 5,872 career yards in receiving, caught 52 touchdowns, and was a part of Super Bowl teams in 1981 and 1984. Additionally, Todd is a five-time Pro Bowler.

Todd's career off the field is as impressive as on the field, where he has worked as a broadcaster for ESPN and NBC, covering two Super Bowls, the Olympics, national college championships and more than forty college bowl games. He has received two Emmy nominations for his work.

Men's Basketball Analyst

Joe was the head coach for Weber State University from 1999-2006. In his six seasons with the Wildcats, Cravens averaged just over 18 wins per season. At home, his teams won 59 of 76 games (.776), including a perfect record in 2002-03. The Wildcats made it to the Big Sky Conference Post-Season Tournament every year under his leadership, and won the tournament in 2003.

Joe also served as head coach for University of Utah and the University of Idaho. He was assistant coach at the University of Texas-Arlington, Southwest Texas State, University of Washington, University of Utah, UC-Irvine, and Weber State during the seventies and eighties.

He played basketball at UT-Arlington for two seasons, and became the team's coach upon graduating in 1976. He earned his Master's of Education from Southwest Texas in 1980.

Joe has won numerous awards for his coaching success, including being awarded the National Association of Basketball Coaches District 13-Coach of the Year, the United States Basketball Writers of America-District 8 Coach of the Year, Mid-Major Coach of the Year by and the 2003 Utah Sports Person of the Year.

Men's and Women's Basketball Analyst; Volleyball Play-by-Play; Studio Analyst; Football Sideline Reporter

Andrea brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to The Mtn., having played 14 seasons at the professional level in the WNBA, ABL, Italian, and European Leagues.

She earned a gold medal with the women's basketball team at the 1988 Olympics, and was a four-year starter and three-time first-team All-American at the University of Texas. During her four years as a Longhorn ('83-'87), Texas amassed a record of 125-8, held the No. 1 ranking in the final women's basketball poll each year, and won the National Championship in 1986, the first team with an undefeated season (34-0). She will be honored as a member of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in June of 2007.

Andrea began her broadcasting career with FSN North in 2002, where she worked as a color analyst covering University of Minnesota women's basketball and the WNBA Minnesota Lynx. Since that time she has worked for FSN North, FSN Midwest, FSN Southwest, CSTV, and others.

Men's and Women's Basketball Play-by-Play

Bill is a veteran sportscaster who has called games for ABC Sports, Fox Sports Net, the NCAA, CSTV, and ESPN networks. He has been a regular on ESPN's regional coverage of Big 12 Conference men's basketball since 1994, and has done extensive broadcast work with the Mountain West, Missouri Valley and other conferences. He has covered football, basketball and baseball, as well as Olympic sports including volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling.

An alumnus of the University of Nebraska, Bill began his career shortly before his college graduation by calling games for NETV and serving as their main sports announcer for more than ten years. He also served as the sports director at KTBU-TV in Houston, Texas, where his television duties included play-by-play of football, basketball and baseball and host of University of Houston Athletics.

Women's Basketball Play-by-Play; Studio Analyst

Since 1998, Mike has hosted a sports talk show on KKFN 950, The Fan, in Denver. He is also the television play-by-play announcer for University of Denver Sports and Fox Sports, and has called for Denver Outlaws lacrosse games for FSN Rocky Mountain.

Mike previously served as a talk show host and reporter for Prime Sports Radio Network in Dallas, WBPS Radio in Boston, and Global Radio in Randolph, MA, and has covered numerous football, basketball, hockey, golf and tennis events.

Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in broadcast journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Journalism at Syracuse University in 1991.

Men's Basketball Analyst

Rob played for New Mexico State from 1966 to 1968 and led the team to two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. He then joined the school's athletic staff as an assistant coach and helped the Aggies to four more NCAA appearances, including a trip to the 1970 Final Four. For the next 15 years, he served as an assistant coach at Texas Tech, followed by two years as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State.

In 1992 Rob was named head coach at the University of Mississippi. His 1996-97 team won the SEC West Division and advanced to the NCAA tournament for just the second time in school history. The next year, the Rebs repeated as SEC West Division champs and returned to the NCAA tournament. Rob has won numerous awards for his success as a coach and player.

In 1998, Rob was named head coach at Arizona State, where he stayed until the conclusion of the 2005-06 season. He led the Sun Devils to three NIT appearances and a berth in the 2003 NCAA tournament.

Football Sideline Reporter; Men's Basketball Analyst

As a BYU quarterback from 1981-1985, Blaine helped lead the Cougars to a national championship in 1984. After college, Blaine played in the CFL before joining KLS-TV, the CBS affiliate in Salt Lake City, as a color commentator.

In his subsequent 20 years of covering college sports, he has broadcast more than 400 live college games for networks such as Video West Sports, Blue and White Sports and Sports West. Blaine's experience as a player in the MWC drew him to The Mtn.

Blaine is an avid golfer, softball player and basketball player.

Men's Basketball Analyst

John has covered basketball for the Atlantic 10 Television Network and CN8, The Comcast Network. He was a four-year letterman at Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia and was captain of the basketball team his senior year.

At the age of 25, he was recruited to lead the Siena College basketball team in Albany, NY, and became the youngest Division I head coach in the country. The college had only been Division I for a few years, with little success, but under John's leadership achieved several 20-win seasons during his tenure.

He left coaching in 1986 to work as an investment banker, but was lured back in 1990 with the opportunity to become head coach at St. Joe's. In the next five years he took a team that had only won a combined 15 games over the previous two years, to three Big 5 (Villanova, St. Joe's, Temple, La Salle and Pennsylvania) Championships.

In addition to his broadcasting work, John is a partner in an investment management company.

Host of "Around the Mountain"
Football Play-by-Play and Sideline Reporter; Men's and Women's Basketball Play-by-Play; Volleyball Analyst; Studio Analyst

Tim, a 22-year veteran sportscaster, covers the Colorado Rockies, Colorado Crush and University of Denver hockey and lacrosse for FSN Rocky Mountain, covers various sporting events for CSTV and Versus, and anchors Press Box on KLZ-560 AM, Denver's ESPN affiliate.

Tim has covered three Olympics, reporting on hockey, skiing, baseball, soccer and softball for ESPN2 and ESPN International and other international sports outlets. He also worked in Las Vegas, covering UNLV football and baseball, and hosting The Tim Neverett Show on SportsRadio 1460 and ESPN Radio 920, and in his native New England as host of the nationally distributed The Sports Final radio program. He has also covered the NFL and college football for Sports USA Radio Network.

Honors and awards for his work include being named the 1999 IHL Broadcaster of the Year, 2000 Nevada Sportscaster of the Year, and 2005 Best Sports Talk Show Host in Denver.

Football Sideline Reporter

Joe started his broadcasting career at PRISM in Philadelphia covering the Eagles, Flyers, Phillies and 76ers as a live event producer and reporter, earning two Emmy nominations for his work. For the past 16 years, Joe has worked at CBS Sports, Fox Sports, Comcast SportsNet and network affiliates in Philadelphia and Lancaster, PA as an anchor and reporter. He has covered the NFC Championships, World Series, NBA and Stanley Cup Finals as well as NHL and MLB All-Star games.

In addition to his broadcasting career, Joe runs a Pennsylvania real estate company and is a professional fitness instructor. He also enjoys playing ice hockey, beach volleyball and football.

Men's Basketball Analyst

Steve began his broadcasting career as a radio analyst for Xavier University men's basketball before becoming a color analyst for FSN Ohio and then moved onto the Atlantic 10 Television Network.

As a college freshman in 1978, Steve played basketball at North Carolina State under Norm Sloan. He transferred to Xavier and led the Musketeers to their first conference regular-season title, winning the Midwest Cities Conference (now known as the Horizon League) championship. As a senior, he served as team captain and helped Xavier to the MCC tournament title and the school's first NCAA appearance. In addition to his basketball exploits, he earned four letters on the tennis court.

Steve is also the executive vice president of PCS Technical.