Eli Gold, Alabama football's former broadcaster, named Nashville Kats play-by-play voice

Hall of Fame Alabama football play-by-play broadcaster Eli Gold will be the radio voice of the new Nashville Kats when the Arena Football League season kicks off in April.

The Kats also secured a flagship radio broadcast agreement with Cromwell Media in Nashville for all games to be carried on either 102.5 FM The Game or 93.3 FM Classic Hits.

Gold, 70, spent 35 years calling games for Alabama, including seven national championships and 11 SEC championships, before being replaced Wednesday by Chris Stewart, who filled in for Gold during the 2022 season when Gold was diagnosed with cancer.

Eli Gold prepares for the broadcast before the Alabama football game with Western Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.]

Eli Gold
Eli Gold prepares for the broadcast before the Alabama football game with Western Carolina, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. [Staff Photo/Gary Cosby Jr.] Eli Gold

The Nashville Kats will play 10 games beginning April 27. Five home games will be played at Municipal Auditorium and one at F&M Bank Arena in Clarksville.

Gold spent time calling Arena Football League games before the league folded in 2019. The league announced its revival last summer.

“I am so very excited about returning to the Arena Football League as the voice of the Nashville Kats,” Gold said. “I say returning, because I was the TV voice of the league back when the games were on NBC and TNN, and I came to love the product.”

It won't be Gold's first time to work in Nashville. He was the radio play-by-play announcer for the Nashville Predators during the 2006-07 season.

Gold also has called NASCAR races and NFL games during his career.

“Eli is the gold standard of sports announcing,” said Jeff Fisher, Kats president of football operations and former Tennessee Titans and Los Angeles Rams coach. “We are very excited to have him be a key component in helping us return the Nashville Kats and the Arena Football League to the Music City."

Gold was named Alabama Sportscaster of the Year four times by the National Sports Media Association. He was also named Alabama Sportscaster of the Year by the Associated Press twice and once by United Press International. Gold, inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, received the Chris Schenkel Award from the National Football Foundation in 2019.

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Gold said he is thankful for the opportunity to continue his career in Nashville.

“The Nashville Kats are a franchise with a great history of success,” he said. “And now with Jeff Fisher and (Kats coach) Dean Cokinos heading the football operations, the new Kats should pick right up where the old Kats left off. I look forward to bringing you all the action of the 50-yard indoor war.”

The Kats are the fifth local sports program to partner with Cromwell Media, joining the Predators, Nashville Sounds, Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State. ESPN serves as the station's radio affiliate.

“Like many folks in Nashville, I enjoyed attending Kats games when they were here before” said Chase McCabe, Cromwell Media Nashville director of operations and sports programming. “It was a can’t-miss opportunity to be associated with the return of a great franchise and to also be able to work with two iconic names like Jeff Fisher and Eli Gold. I can’t wait to get started with a great partnership.”

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