A cable dispute in Wisconsin is bringing more Packer fans to the Spanish-language alternative to catch the play-by-play of the pre-season games.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that the first two Packer exhibition games broadcast by WTMJ-TV Milwaukee and WGBA-TV Green Bay were blacked out on Time Warner Cable systems. Journal Broadcast Group, which owns the stations, and Time Warner are in a dispute over fees. OnMilwaukee.com reported that Time Warner issued a press release advising viewers to get the game footage on Telemundo Wisconsin.
That made the Spanish-language station an alternative for some Packers fans. This is the second year that the network has carried the action in Spanish, featuring Andy Olivares, 36, who was born in the Dominican Republic. Although Olivares is the Spanish-language broadcaster of selected games of the Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and Marquette University basketball, he hasn't quit his day job. Olivares works full time as a regional manager for Walgreens.
Spanish-speaking Packer fans get a chance to hear his signature call.
"Ta, ta, ta, ta, ta, ta, ta, TOUCHDOWN Empacadores," Oliveras thunders in a voice that builds in volume and enthusiasm. "Touchdown Packers!"
He will call the Packers' final exhibition game Thursday at Kansas City.
OnMilwaukee.com had a story on his work calling games in Spanish for the Milwaukee Brewers.