RJ Hawk from 103.7 The Buzz will return to his alma mater this fall as the new sideline reporter for University of Central Arkansas football.
Hawk replaces Monty Rowell, who retired after the 2017 season. He will join play-by-play announcer Justin Acri and color commentator Chris Kane on the UCA broadcasts, beginning with the 2018 season opener at Tulsa on Sept. 1.
“I’m really excited about joining the UCA broadcast team," said Hawk. “I never thought my name would join the likes of Bill Johnson, Monty Rowell and Steve Sullivan as one that got to tell the story of UCA football. It’s not very often in a broadcaster’s career that they get to come back to the place where it all started. Being an alumni, UCA holds a special place in my heart.
“Working with both Justin Acri and Chris Kane will be a lot of fun. Both are the definition of true professionalism, and I really believe fans will like the chemistry that the three of us will have this season."
Hawk has worked with Acri at The Buzz for the past 10 years and is currently the on-air producer for "The Show With No Name" in the morning 6 a.m.-10 a.m. slot. For the past eight years, Hawk has served as the color analyst for the Henderson State Reddies football broadcasts with Phil Elson.
Hawk has also covered the Arkansas high school football and basketball state championships for The Buzz over
Hawk, originally from Athens, Texas, graduated from UCA in 2008 with journalism and marketing degrees. He has a wif, Brianna, and a daughter, Addison.
UCA changes weekend schedule
Because of weather related issues, the University of Central Arkansas has revised its weekend schedule.
The new schedule:
Track & Field: UCA Open, 8:30 a.m. (all day), Bill Stephens Track & Soccer Complex
Tennis vs. Northwestern State:11:00 a.m., UCA Tennis Complex
Softball vs. Lamar: Doubleheader beginning at noon, Farris Field
Baseball vs. UT-Martin: Doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m., Bear Stadium
Beach volleyball: Beach Bear Classic , UCA plays 11 a.m and 1 p.m., Beach Bear Courts
Softball vs. Lamar: noon, Farris Field
Tennis vs. Stephen F. Austin: noon , UCA Tennis Complex
Indoor Volleyball vs. Ole Miss: noon, Prince Center
Baseball vs. UT-Martin: 1 p.m., Bear Stadium