Longhorn Network Hooks Core On-Air Team

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Lowell Galindo, Samantha Steele and Kevin Dunn will serve as the core on-air team for next month's launch of the Longhorn Network.
The trio will make their debuts when the service, which is seeking a 40-cent monthly subscriber fee in Texas and three adjoining states, goes live on Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. (CT) from the South Mall on the University of Texas campus. They will be joined on the set by the crew of the Emmy Award-winning ESPN College GameDay -- Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, Desmond Howard and Erin Andrews -- for previews of the Longhorns' upcoming football season and its home opener vs. Rice slated for Saturday, Sept. 3 at 6 p.m. Texas coaches, players and former student-athletes will also be on hand for the two-hour special.
"We are thrilled to have Lowell, Samantha and Kevin join us. They will bring a fresh perspective and are passionate about college sports," said Longhorn Network vice president of production Stephanie Druley in a statement. "Who better to introduce them than Chris Fowler and the GameDay cast, the most respected group in college football?"

The 24-hour, which has yet to announce any affiliate deals, is the result of a 20-year, $300 million agreement with the university, the programmer and multimedia rights-holder IMG College, which negotiated the deal for the school.

Galindo has served as ESPNU's lead anchor since 2007 working primarily from its Charlotte, N.C. headquarters. He has hosted such network staples as SportsCenterU, ESPNU Inside the Polls, ESPNU Coaches Spotlight, ESPNU Campus Connection and others in addition to many studio pre-game, halftime and postgame shows while reporting duties will go to Steele who joins ESPN from Fox Sports. The Phoenix native hosted and reported coverage of college football and basketball primarily for the Pac-10 and Big 12 conferences. And Austin, Texas, native and UT grad, Dunn, signs on from CBS College Sports. He will both report and host for the channel.
Following the network's debut, at 8 p.m., fans will see Texas' first women's volleyball match of the season. At 10 p.m., Texas All-Access will debut providing unprecedented access to Coach Mack Brown and the Texas football team throughout the season.
The network's two main studio sets will be housed at University Park (3300 N. Interstate 35). The network will occupy three floors of the eight-story building and is located six blocks from Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium. Building for the production facilities has begun and staff are expected to move in late July. Approximately 50 staff members have been hired for the network. Thirty-one employees from ESPN's headquarters in Bristol, Conn., will make the move to Austin, Texas, 10 of whom are Texas graduates, and five more, natives of the state.

A Texas native, Galindo has served as ESPNU's lead anchor since 2007 working primarily from its Charlotte, N.C. headquarters. He has hosted SportsCenterU, ESPNU Inside the Polls, ESPNU Coaches Spotlight, ESPNU Campus Connection and others in addition to many studio pre-game, halftime and postgame shows.

Reporting duties will fall to Steele who joins ESPN from Fox Sports. The Phoenix native hosted and reported coverage of college football and basketball primarily for the Pac-10 and Big 12 conferences.

Austin, Texas native and UT grad, Dunn, joins Longhorn Network from CBS College Sports. He will both report and serve as a host for the channel.

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