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Al Epstein
Al Epstein

Men's Basketball Broadcaster


This Week at Pepperdine: November 4-10

The men's basketball team opens the season at home on Saturday, while the women's volleyball and men's water polo teams also have home events.


This Week at Pepperdine: Sept. 30-Oct. 6

The women's volleyball team wants fans to wear orange on Thursday for its ESPNU game vs. BYU.

Al Epstein, a veteran play-by-play sportscaster, returns for his 28th season as the "Voice of the Waves" in 2012-13.

Epstein began his affiliation with the Pepperdine basketball program during the 1985-86 campaign when he provided color commentary. Epstein assumed the play-by-play chores the following season and is beginning his 25th campaign in that capacity.

Entering the 2012-13 season, Epstein has called 816 consecutive games for the Waves.

During Epstein's tenure with the Pepperdine basketball program, the Waves have won 412 games and advanced to postseason play 11 times, including NCAA Tournament berths in 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2000 and 2002, and National Invitation Tournament bids in 1988, 1989, 1993, 1999 and 2001.

Epstein expanded his association with the university during the 1999-2000 campaign when he began broadcasting selected baseball, women's basketball and men's and women's volleyball events. He also serves as the public address announcer at various activities.

A sports enthusiast, Epstein has broadcast numerous collegiate sporting events, including UNLV football and UCLA baseball. Additionally, Epstein is currently broadcasting high school and community college football games, and is calling the play-by-play for polo during the summer months at Will Rogers State Park in Pacific Palisades. Epstein has announced high school baseball, basketball and football on numerous media outlets throughout Southern California.

A former Associated Press West Coast Award winner for his work, Epstein co-authored Play-By-Play Sportscast Training, the first and only play-by-play text.

The book is a complete fundamental text that includes instruction in areas such as play-by-play, color commentary, interviewing techniques and game preparation. The book has been distributed and marketed nationally by Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Epstein was named the 2003 recipient of the West Coast Conference's Sam Goldman Media Award. The award is given annually to a member of the media whose coverage of collegiate athletics in general, and the WCC in particular, shows excellence.

In 2004, Epstein started A/M Sports, a production and broadcast company that produces high school and college sporting events live on the Internet.

A graduate of Beverly Hills (Calif.) High School, Epstein earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from Cal State Los Angeles. Epstein has been an instructor in announcing and sportscasting for nearly 20 years at the Columbia School of Broadcasting and has also been involved with the Sportscaster Camps of America.

In January 2001, Epstein was inducted into the Southern California Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, recognizing his longtime commitment to broadcasting local collegiate and high school sports. During the summer of 2002, he was elected to the organization's Board of Directors.

A former Sports Information Director at nearby Santa Monica Community College, Epstein was a member of the famed "Temple City Kazoo Orchestra" which performed in the early 1980s and once opened for David Letterman at a local nightclub.

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