Our thanks to University of Montana Women's Sports Information Director Joel Carlson for letting us share the news.

Joel tells us that the University of Montana women's basketball program welcomes a new play-by-play broadcaster this season. Shawn Tiemann has been named "Voice of the Lady Griz" by Learfield IMG College, the university's athletics multimedia rightsholder.

Following a nationwide search, Tiemann takes over the mic for Tom Stage, who announced last spring he was retiring after calling Lady Griz action for 25 seasons.

"I'm so grateful to have been chosen for this opportunity with the Lady Griz. It's been a long-held dream of mine to serve as the regular voice of a Division I program, and to be able to do that for a tradition-rich women's basketball program at such a prestigious university is highly rewarding," said Tiemann.

"The UM athletic department staff that I visited with made me feel like this was a place I needed to be. I have a big mic to fill with the departure of Tom Stage, but I'm so honored to follow up on what he built. I'm excited to work with coach Mike Petrino and his staff and bring Griz Nation the sights and sounds from Dahlberg Arena and all the Big Sky Conference locales."

Tiemann has a robust play-by-play portfolio. He has called games for television and served as a talk-show host for various radio sports programs and college coaching shows. He has been the play-by-play announcer for the Great Falls Voyagers of the Pioneer League  the last four seasons. Additionally, he has been the voice of Rogers State University men's and women's basketball in Oklahoma and called college basketball for Oral Roberts, South Dakota State and John Brown.

Lady Griz basketball broadcasts air live on KMPT Radio, FM 99.7 and AM 930, as well as the station's "Listen Live" player at 930kmpt.com.