‘With a Kiss,’ the story of legendary basketball announcer Bill Raftery, to debut Final Four Saturday
“With A Kiss” Chronicles Raftery’s Life and Road to the 2015 Final Four Through the Lens of His Son Billy Raftery, Jr.
Documentary Debuts April 2 on CBS at NOON
CBS Sports and Turner Sports tell the story of iconic broadcaster and college basketball personality Bill Raftery in a one-hour documentary, WITH A KISS. The show debuts Final Four weekend on Saturday, April 2 (12:00-1:00 PM, ET) on CBS. The documentary is produced and narrated by Raftery’s son, Billy.
Through a son’s eyes, WITH A KISS tells the story of a father who had been on the Road to the Final Four his whole life, and last year, at age 73, got the call to announce his first Final Four on television. The documentary chronicles Raftery’s experience at the 2015 Final Four in Indianapolis, his 35-year broadcasting career and ascent to one of the pinnacles in sports broadcasting as CBS Sports’ lead college basketball analyst. The show presents an intimate look at Raftery’s family life and highlights his early years in which the Kearny, N.J. native was a basketball star earning player of the year honors as a high school senior in 1959.
WITH A KISS also features interviews with numerous college coaches, broadcasting colleagues and current and former players including: Jim Boeheim, Lou Carnesecca, Tom Izzo, Mike Krzyzewski, John Thompson, Sr., Roy Williams, Jay Wright, Grant Hill, Verne Lundquist, Jim Nantz, Charles Barkley, Jay Bilas, Sean McDonough, Jerome Lane, Denzel Valentine and many more.
Raftery joined CBS Sports in 1983 and will call his 34th NCAA Tournament this year, teaming again with Jim Nantz and Grant Hill to call the Final Four. Last year he was inducted into the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association’s Hall of Fame.