Wisconsin Herd renews broadcast partners and announces addition of Badger alum Brian Butch to broadcast team

Official Release | November 1, 2019

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Nov. 1, 2019) – Fans of the Milwaukee Bucks’ NBA G League affiliate, the Wisconsin Herd, can listen to all 50 of the team’s regular-season games during the 2019-20 season on 99.1 FM The Score in Oshkosh and 95.3 FM in the Fox Cities. Additionally, all 24 of the Herd’s home games will be televised on NBC26’s affiliate station MYNEW32. This marks the third consecutive season Herd games will air on Woodward Radio Group’s The Score and MYNEW32.

Ted Stefaniak and Tyra Eiland return to the broadcast team for the Herd, with Brian Butch and B.J. DeGroot making their broadcast debuts.

“We are thrilled to team up for another great season with The Score and MYNEW32 to ensure fans can listen and watch Wisconsin Herd games throughout the Fox Valley and Northeast Wisconsin,” said Herd President Steve Brandes. “The combination of Ted Stefaniak at play-by-play, Brian Butch at color, B.J. DeGroot as an alternate announcer and Tyra Eiland as our sideline reporter will create a broadcast that our fans will enjoy throughout our third season.”

Ted Stefaniak returns to the MYNEW32 broadcast for year three, and his first season as the team’s play-by-play announcer. Stefaniak brings 31 years of broadcast experience to the Herd, including 15 seasons with the WIAA State Basketball Network. Stefaniak called play-by-play for Northeast Wisconsin’s “Sports Showdown” on MYNEW32 WACY-TV from 2011-2017. He moved to Green Bay in 2002 and has provided the call for hundreds of local sporting events including high school basketball, football, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and college basketball games. Stefaniak previously served as the sports director at WGBA-TV and WAOW-TV. He is a graduate of Creighton University and started his broadcast career at KKAR radio and KPTM-TV in Omaha.

Joining Stefaniak as color commentator for the 2019-20 season is Appleton, WI native Brian Butch. Butch currently co-hosts the “B.J. and The Bear” morning show on 99.1 and 95.3 FM The Score. Butch occasionally fills in with The Rich Eisen Show, The Mike Heller Show and various radio shows on 97.3 FM The Game out of Milwaukee. Butch also has spent the previous two seasons as a coaching associate for the Wisconsin Herd. A two-time Wisconsin State Player of the Year and 2003 McDonald’s All-American, Butch is Appleton West High School’s all-time leading scorer. After playing four seasons at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Butch went on to play 10 seasons professionally. Butch brings experience from the NBA’s minor league system, including the Bakersfield Jam (2009-10, 2011-14) and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (2014).  Butch was named an All-Star and the NBA Development League’s Impact Player of the Year in 2010. He has played professionally for teams in China, Germany, Greece, Philippines, UAE and Japan. Butch also runs Brian Butch Basketball Camps and The Brian Butch Academy.

B.J. DeGroot, the Assistant Brand Manager for WSCO/WHBY at Woodward Radio Group, will serve as an alternate announcer. He is the host of the “B.J. & The Bear” morning show on 99.1 and 95.3 FM The Score. DeGroot is a well-known, local play-by-play broadcaster due to his coverage of over 20 different high school, baseball, basketball and football programs in radio and video broadcasts.

Tyra Eiland returns to the Herd broadcast team in a full-time role, as sideline reporter and multimedia content creator. In addition to her role with the Herd, Eiland has responsibilities with the NBA 2K League’s Bucks Gaming. Prior to this role, Eiland served as senior coordinator within the Corporate Social Responsibility department of the Milwaukee Bucks. Eiland worked in conjunction with local nonprofit organizations, key team partners and the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation to positively impact the community. Prior to working for the Bucks, Eiland competed in pageants for the Miss America and Miss USA organizations.

All NBA G League games, except those that are televised nationally, will be streamed on WisconsinHerd.com or the NBA G League App. Opening Night for the Herd is on Friday, November 8th with a 7:00 pm tip against Windy City in downtown Oshkosh at Menominee Nation Arena.