Cal Bowdler (ODU'99) Joins ESPN Radio 94.1 Team

February 23, 2011
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 23, 2011

Tony Mercurio, sports director of ESPN Radio 94.1, announced today that ODU broadcaster Cal Bowdler (ODU'99) will be part of the ESPN Radio 94.1 team with his own weekly radio show during the remainder of the basketball season.

"Courtside with Cal" will air for one-hour each week thru the second week of April....Bowdler a former star player at ODU and number one draft pick of the NBA Atlanta Hawks has enjoyed great success as the color analyst for ODU basketball on radio and television this season.....

"I can't wait to do this show", noted Bowdler,who is a 2007 inductee into the ODU Sports Hall of Fame. "This is the best time of year in sports...Doing radio and TV all season long has put me at courtside and now I get to expand my talents by being part of this radio show on ESPN Radio 94.1."

"This will be a perfect fit for Cal," stated Mercurio. "He will do 7 shows starting next week...He brings a lot to the table and he knows today's teams and players....This is a great addition to ESPN Radio 94.1. We are the exclusive radio home for ODU and the CAA Championship game and also the NCAA basketball tournament in Hampton Roads."

"Courtside with Cal" will air Thur, Mar 3 and then 6 straight Wednesdays starting March 9 thru April 13...All will air from 5-6 pm on ESPN Radio 94.1....

Bowdler is only the second Monarch to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft, Cal Bowdler was the 17th overall pick by the Atlanta Hawks in the 1999 draft. He earned first team All-CAA honors as a senior leading ODU to a 25-8 record and second place in the CAA and to the second round of the NIT. Bowdler hauled in a career high 20 rebounds in the first round NIT win over Seton Hall in 1999.

A two-time CAA All- Defensive selection, Bowdler led the CAA in both rebounding and blocked shots in 1998 and 1999. He had 18 double-doubles in 1999 and ranked 13th nationally in blocked shots that year at 2.8. Bowdler completed is career with 1,017 career points and ranks 13th all-time at ODU with 783 career rebounds and fourth in blocked shots with 219.

He graduated in 1999 with a degree in sports medicine. Represented ODU as its" Legend" at the 2006 CAA men's basketball tournament.