Dottie Pepper is moving up on CBS Sports' PGA Tour coverage.
A Saratoga Springs native, Pepper will be CBS Sports' lead on-course analyst when the network begins its PGA coverage in 2020, the network announced Tuesday. Pepper, who had been the No. 2 on-course reporter, replaces Peter Kostis, whose contract wasn't renewed.
CBS's coverage begins Jan. 25-26 at th PGA Farmers Insurance Open.
"It's an exciting time for our team," Pepper said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "There are a lot of changes. I'm pretty fired up about this happening."
Pepper has been with CBS since 2015, serving as an analyst and on-course reporter. She enjoys being on the course because it gives her a better perspective of what is happening.
"I think it's [a job] where you expect hits coming from all directions," Pepper said. "I feel like a video game, I suppose, where you really don't know where the next action is coming from, whether that's the timing, whether it's another group you're going to cover, whether getting into a rules situation [or] doing an interview. There's a lot of layers to it. I'm very excited about this opportunity.
"You're kind of responsible for sharing everything they can't be able to share from the other perspectives. What they don't know what happens when we're in commercial, when the weather has changed, when there's a conversation between player and caddie that's not audible. It's really filling in the blanks of information that the viewers otherwise wouldn't be able to know without having you on the ground."
Pepper broke into broadcasting in 2005 after her retirement from the LPGA when she joined the Golf Channel to be its lead LPGA analyst. She was an on-course commentator/analyst for NBC Sports for the LPGA, Champions, PGA and USGA events from 2004-12.
She returned to television with ESPN in 2013 before joining CBS.
Besides the departure of Kostis, analyst Gary McCord's contract wasn't renewed. Davis Love III was hired as a new analyst.
Pepper believes the changes will breathe new life into the broadcasts.
"I think it's just time for a change," Pepper said. "There's only one thing that's constant, and that's change. You're going to hear that energy when we start up again in San Diego and carry it right through."
EXPANDED ROLE FOR CATALON
Former NewsChannel 13 (WNYT) sportscaster Andrew Catalon will be getting more chances to host CBS' PGA coverage.
Catalon, who has contributed to CBS Sports’ multimedia coverage of the Masters and PGA Championship since 2011 and 2012, respectively, will serve as host for select PGA Tour events. Catalon, who serves as play-by-play announcer for CBS Sports’ coverage of the NFL and college basketball, including the NCAA Tournament, hosted the 3M Championship last summer in place of regular host Jim Nantz.
"I'm thrilled for Andrew," Pepper said. "We've become good friends, and I'm really happy his talents are being recognized in the way he's able to bring a lot of fresh energy because he's also doing basketball, he's also doing football. He's so current on what's going on. It's an opportunity that's going to be tremendous for him."
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