Stewart reflects on experiences with Nick Saban, Crimson Tide
Published 2:17 pm Friday, September 18, 2015
By MOLLY DAVIDSON / Staff Writer
HOOVER—From standing at midfield in front of a packed Bryant-Denny Stadium to small talk with coach Nick Saban, sports broadcaster Chris Stewart reflected on his time with the Crimson Tide Sports Network during a Sept. 17 Hoover Chamber of Commerce Luncheon.
If you’re an Alabama fan, you probably know Stewart as the host of the Nick Saban Show. He also hosts a daily radio show on Tide 99.1 FM, does play-by-play for Crimson Tide men’s basketball and baseball and is a football sideline correspondent.
Stewart shared some of his favorite memories from his time broadcasting Crimson Tide sports, including making Saban laugh after last year’s 34-20 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers.
“His schedule on Saturday is unbelievable,” Stewart said of Saban’s game day routine.
The action begins well before each game, Stewart said, explaining Saban meets with both football recruits and his coaching staff, and it doesn’t stop when the game ends.
After his post-game comments on the field, Saban returns to the locker room to meet with his team.
“He walks to every player’s locker and shakes every kid’s hand,” Stewart said.
Finally, Saban attends the post-game press conference, meets with recruits again then closes the night filming his show with Stewart.
“That will be around 12:30 a.m. or 1 a.m.,” Stewart said.
While Stewart travels to Tuscaloosa for game days, he lives and broadcasts his radio show from Hoover.
“I get the chance to sit in my basement at home and talk to my friends for three hours, and I get paid for it!” Stewart said with a laugh.
In his closing remarks, Stewart thanked the Hoover business community for its hard work and contributions to the city.
“I am proud to call Hoover my home for the greater part of the last 20 years,” Stewart said. “I appreciate what you business owners do to allow folks like myself to raise my kids here, go to church here… Keep doing what you do to make the city of Hoover great.”