27 Years On-Air: Don Marchand

“Calling games are like snowflakes,” said Don Marchand, “No two games are the same.”

Don Marchand (cq), left, sits next to Nevada women’s basketball second assistant coach Kami Malna as they wait for a flight at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport, on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The Nevada women’s basketball team traveled to Boise, Idaho to face the Boise Broncos on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

Marchand has been in the radio industry for 27 years. Working for Learfield Sports he is the play-by-play caller for all Nevada women’s basketball and baseball games and fills in on occassion to cover Nevada football and Men’s basketball.

Don Marchand (cq), right, sits on an aircraft en route to Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. The Nevada women’s basketball team traveled to Boise, Idaho to face the Boise Broncos on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

Marchand appreciates the time he has spent traveling with teams as a play-by-play caller.

“Oddly enough the travel,” said Marchand, discussing his favorite part about his job.

“Getting to see a lot of this country. I wouldn’t have seen this much of the country without this job,” said Marchand.

Don Marchand (cq) finishes his breakfast in Boise, Idaho the morning of the game, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. During meals some teams discuss strategy, intelligence, and more, and Marchand is there for it all. The Nevada women’s basketball team traveled to Boise, Idaho to face the Boise Broncos on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.
Don Marchand waits in a hotel lobby before the game in Boise, Idaho, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. The Nevada women’s basketball team traveled to Boise, Idaho to face the Boise Broncos on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.
Don Marchand (cq), right, interviews Nevada women’s basketball associate head coach Camille Williams before the game at the Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. The Nevada women’s basketball team traveled to Boise, Idaho to face the Boise Broncos on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.
Don Marchand (cq) waits for a bus to take him with Nevada women’s basketball staff to the airport in Boise, Idaho, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. After mechanical issues with the team’s charter jet, the team was forced to stay in Boise, Idaho for an additional night, flying commercial back to Reno. The Nevada women’s basketball team traveled to Boise, Idaho to face the Boise Broncos on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.
A commercial Southwest flight flies over rural Nevada on its way to Las Vegas, Nevada, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. The Nevada women’s basketball team traveled to Boise, Idaho to face the Boise Broncos on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.