The local television announcing team for the Cleveland Browns' 2015 preseason is set: Mike Patrick and Solomon Wilcots will call the action later this year on WEWS (Channel 5). Their first game will be on August 13th, when the Browns host the Redskins. ESPN will handle the national coverage for the Browns' home game against the Bills on August 20th. Then, Patrick and Solomon will return for the team's two road preseason games on August 29th and September 3rd against Tampa Bay and Chicago, respectively.
According to Bob Finnan of the News Herald, the Browns were hoping to get Cleveland native Chris Rose to do the play-by-play, but he was not available due to contractual obligations to Major League Baseball. It's been believed that since preseason games were moving from WKYC to WEWS this year that Jim Donovan would not be able to do the games. Donovan and Doug Dieken will continue to do the radio broadcasts.
Patrick actually announced the Browns' first regular season game in 1999, a blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, with Wilcots being the sideline reporter. Joining them on the preseason team this year is Andy Baskin, who will be the sideline reporter, according to Anthony Lima of 92.3 the Fan.
In other broadcasting news, according to Tony Zarrella of WOIO, Chuck Booms will remain a member of Tailgate 19, assuming he doesn't get a gig in another city: