The WQYK (FM 99.5 and AM 1010) radio booth will be a little more crowded at Bucs games this season.
WQYK officials announced Tuesday that play-by-play voice Gene Deckerhoff will be teamed with former Bucs linebacker Scot Brantley and sportscaster Tom Korun, hosts of the afternoon drive show on AM 1010.
The decision is unusual for a number of reasons. It gives the network a three-man approach for the first time since Deckerhoff, former wrestler Jesse Ventura and WTSP-Ch. 10 sports anchor Al Keck worked the broadcasts in 1988 and '89.
It also pairs Deckerhoff, the radio voice of Florida State sports, with Brantley, who is the analyst for University of Florida football games.
Network coordinator Jeff Ryan said Keck will serve as a studio host during games, updating listeners with other scores and highlights.
Deckerhoff said the chemistry of the three-man team may take time to develop but he's confident the trio will be successful.
"I think initially you're going to have a little stepping on the toes, but that's why we've got the preseason games," Deckerhoff said. "It's tough replacing somebody you've worked with for eight years, but we'll do it. We had to do that last year on the Seminole Network, but we'll get through it."
Both WQYK general manager Tom Rivers and Bucs general manager Rich McKay acknowledged former analyst David Logan would be missed. Logan died last January.
Last year, Deckerhoff had to adapt to having Peter Tom Willis as the Seminole analyst after Tampa's Vic Prinzi died.
"Nobody's ever going to replace Vic Prinzi at Florida State. Nobody's ever going to replace Dave Logan at Tampa Bay," Deckerhoff said. "But we're going to do the best we can to make it an interesting broadcast for our fans."
SAPP ON WEB: DT Warren Sapp will visit the Web site nfl.com at 8 tonight. Sapp will discuss training camp, his wrist injury and the preseason opener Saturday against the Browns.
He also will talk about his annual "Sapp for Shoes" program. Last year, Sapp bought 10,000 pairs of shoes for underprivileged children, and he said he wants to buy 25,000 this year. To reach this goal, Sapp is offering a lithograph signed by him and the artist, Edgar J. Brown. The lithograph is available exclusively on Sapp's Web site, big99.com.
MEMORIES: When the Bucs take the field against the Browns on Saturday, it will probably stir a few memories coach Tony Dungy has of facing Cleveland when he was a player and coach with the Steelers.
At the time, Pittsburgh was in its championship run and because games were sold out at Three Rivers Stadium, Dungy said 15,000-18,000 Steelers fans would drive to Cleveland.
"Games in Cleveland were always something special," Dungy said. "We had trouble winning down there. They were always tough and ready.
"I remember the first time going into Municipal Stadium, and I walked over to the home team bench and I said Jimmy Brown sat on this bench," Dungy added. "I went and sat down just to be a part of it."
SPECIAL TIMES: The Bucs had Family Day on Tuesday with wives and children of coaches and players at Pepin/Rood Stadium.
At the afternoon practice, several players and coaches entertained more than 100 children from Special Olympics. The clinic included such activities as a quarterback challenge, receiver relay, kickoff and return exercise.
KICKING IN: Third-round draft pick Martin Gramatica has many adjustments to make.
"The biggest difference this year is the ball rule (or fourth-down rule)," Gramatica said. "They bring it in just for kicking, punting, kickoffs and field goals. It's right out of the box. That takes away at least 5-10 yards on kicks between a brand new ball and a broken-in ball."
Told that some kickers used to soak balls the night before games, Gramatica said he heard some guys put them in the dryer.
"Not that I needed to," he said. "I didn't know about it. I would have."
IN THE COMMUNITY: Receiver Bert Emanuel will receive an award this morning for his participation in the Family Literacy program, an effort sponsored by Hillsborough County Public Schools' Adult and Community Education department.
Emanuel and his wife, Teri, hosted families from the program at each home game last season.
INJURY UPDATE: FB Mike Alstott and LB Derrick Brooks returned to full-contact practices , but WR Reidel Anthony (left ankle strain) showed up on the injury report after the morning practice. He skipped the afternoon workout in shirts and shorts but was not limping as he left the practice field.
CB Floyd Young, S Eric Vance and WR Dillan Micus missed practice with strained hamstrings. FB Landon Smith (toe), S Charles Emanuel (calf), DE John McLaughlin (foot) and LB Alshermond Singleton (back) also sat out, but none of the injuries are considered serious.
Emanuel (concussion) continues to sit out.
Rookie DT Juaquin Feazell missed practice because of what Dungy called "personal reasons."
_ ERNEST HOOPER