Barrett Wins Battle to Be Next Razorback Football Announcer

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - Two newspapers are reporting that Chuck Barrett has been picked as the next Arkansas football radio announcer.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and the Morning News of Springdale each cite unnamed sources in saying the university and Little Rock television station KATV have agreed on Barrett.  Both newspapers say the details of the contract are still being worked out.

Arkansas Athletic Director Frank Broyles says there could be an announcement next week.

Broyles has advocated the choice of Barrett for the position, while KATV General Manager Dale Nicholson has worked to place KATV news anchor Scott Inman in the job.  Inman is a Stuttgart native, a graduate of Arkansas State University's radio-television program, and a former radio voice of ASU's Lady Indian basketball program.

Before last season, Razorback play-by-play man Paul Eells was killed in a traffic crash.  Mike Nail, who broadcasts Razorback basketball, had the job on an interim basis for the 2006 season and the university is now trying to hire a permanent replacement.  Eells, who was KATV sports director, was the voice of the Razorbacks for three decades.

Barrett is radio announcer for Arkansas baseball games and has a Razorback radio talk show.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)