The Pittsburgh Steelers preseason game coverage this season provided by KDKA-TV will look and sound a little different as it was reported Tuesday that former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch and nose tackle Chris Hoke have been hired by station.
Batch will serve as the color analyst and co-host the pre- and post-game shows for KDKA and that means he’ll be in the booth alongside veteran play-by-play caller Bob Pompeani. Batch replaces former Steelers defensive lineman Edmund Nelson, who has decided to retire.
Hoke will reportedly co-host the Steelers regular-season post-game show for the station.
Batch should do great as a color analyst for the preseason games being as he is a former quarterback that’s not too far removed from the game. The longtime Steelers backup attended the annual NFL Broadcast Boot Camp at NFL Films in Mt. Laurel, N.J. back in 2010 to get a head start on his post-football career.
KDKA will provide live local coverage of the Steelers preseason games this year against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Green Bay Packers, Buffalo Bills and Carolina Panthers. The Steelers first preseason game against the Minnesota Vikings, however, will be covered nationally by NBC, as the two teams will play in the annual Hall of Fame game this year on Sunday, August 9 in Canton, OH.