CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The faces of the ACC’s new television network will be very familiar to fans of the league. Or at least, their names and voices will be.
Mark Packer and Wes Durham, the sons of legendary ACC broadcasters Billy Packer and Woody Durham, will be the co-hosts of daily morning show that will anchor the ACC Network when it launches this August.
“People that are longtime ACC fans and appreciate the history and tradition of the league, I think they’ll make them very comfortable,” commissioner John Swofford said Friday. “They’ve lived a lot of it and watched their fathers and they know what the league has been all about. They know our history, our tradition. And they know well what we want to be going forward.”
Packer and Durham currently host an ACC morning show on Sirius Radio, the duos first attempt at working together. The new show will air Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and broadcast from a studio the network is outfitting in Packer’s Charlotte basement.
“We’d never done anything together, but we found a quick rhythm and just really enjoy talking about the league,” said Durham, who will also do play-by-play for football and basketball on the network.
The league has lagged behind its Power 5 brethren in launching the potentially lucrative network, which starts Aug. 22 with “Packer and Durham” that morning and the debut of a 30-for-30 style documentary film on Mike Krzyzewski’s early years at Duke titled “The Class That Saved Coach K” at night.
The two most successful league channels are well established. The SEC Network went on the air in 2014 and the Big Ten Network launched in 2007.
“I think we’ve learned something from all of those networks, either from a business standpoint or from a programming standpoint, a distribution standpoint,” Swofford said. “You don’t want to ignore what’s come before you – both what’s been good and what maybe wasn’t as good, and you can learn something from it.”
League officials announced a number of other details about the network, including the first basketball games that will air on the linear channel. On Nov. 5, it will broadcast the Georgia Tech at North Carolina State game and the Louisville at Miami game.
On Nov. 6, it will air the Virginia at Syracuse game and the Notre Dame at North Carolina contest.
The league had previously announced two football games that will be shown on the network – Georgia Tech and Clemson on Aug. 29 and Notre Dame at Duke on Nov. 9
The network also is producing a series of films on the history of the ACC tournament.
Source:: Daily times