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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, is the long-time "Voice of the Waves" who has called Pepperdine men's basketball games for decades. He also handles "WaveCasts" for women's soccer and men's and women's volleyball.

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.

During the 2014-15 season, Epstein will call his 900th consecutive men's basketball game for the Waves.

During Epstein's tenure with the Pepperdine basketball program, the Waves have 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.

He has also served as the Waves' public address announcer at various activities in the past.

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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