Channel 20 to tune in Bullets radio call PRO BASKETBALL

August 19, 1993|By From Staff Reports

When the Washington Bullets play on Channel 20 in the 1993-94 season, don't bother to turn down the television sound and listen to the radio -- it'll be the same thing.

The Bullets and WDCA yesterday announced a simulcast agreement for the 20-game road schedule carried by Channel 20. Viewers will hear radio play-by-play announcer Charlie Slowes' call during those telecasts. Though Slowes normally works alone on radio, he is expected to get a partner at least for the 20 WDCA telecasts, according to the announcement.

Slowes replaces veteran broadcaster Jim Karvellas, a former Bullets announcer who returned from New York last season to work Channel 20's games.

"It had nothing to do with Jim," WDCA executive producer Marty Corwin said. "We thought Jim did a good job. We just wanted something different."

Karvellas was unavailable yesterday.

"For me, it's good as far as establishing myself as a regular presence on television," Slowes said, though he added that replacing Karvellas gave him "definite mixed feelings. I learned an awful lot about the business from him."

The Home Team Sports announcing team of Mel Proctor and Phil Chenier remains unchanged.

The Bullets' flagship radio station will be WTEM (570 AM). Games also will be carried on Baltimore's WXZL (103.1 FM).

* Come October, the Bullets could be faced with a big decision concerning second-round draft choice Gheorghe Muresan, a 7-foot-7, 300-pound center from Romania.

Yesterday, Muresan auditioned for AEK Athens of the Greek Professional Basketball League and was offered a $500,000 contract, according to co-agent Bill Sweek, of ProServ Inc. "It's an attractive offer," said Sweek, "but emotionally Gheorghe is definitely leaning to trying out for the Bullets this fall."

That would put the ball in the Bullets' court. After signing top draft pick Calbert Cheaney of Indiana, the team has 12 guaranteed contracts. Muresan, offered the rookie minimum of $200,000, would have to persuade the Bullets to eat a contract or trade a veteran to make room.

If the Bullets were to release Muresan, who averaged 17.4 points and 9.0 rebounds in France last year, he would become a free agent and likely would draw attention from Portland, Milwaukee and Atlanta.

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