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College football quickly approaching! ESPN, Fox, NBC, CBS and ABC getting set for a plethora of games


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Yesterday marked the 105th birthday of Marty Glickman, the first well known broadcaster produced by Syracuse University. For that matter, when Marty was born, radio wasn’t  an embryo yet. Truth be told, I’m not sure there was much of a sports broadcast school when Marty attended SU. He was a wonderful athlete, known especially for his prowess on the gridiron.  Several decades into sports announcing, he tutored and mentored many from Marv Albert to Sean McDonough and Dick Stockton. He never turned anyone down. Glickman helped so many!

Morbid thoughts

I keep the names of broadcasters who died during the year and list them sadly, close to New Year’s Day. In our eighth month this is what we have. May they rest in peace:

Ron Franklin, ESPN, (Jan)

Dan Reeves, Westwood One, (Jan)

Joe B. Hall, local talk radio, Kentucky (Jan)

John Clayton  ESPN, (March)

Gino Cappelletti, (May) Patriots radio

Bob Lanier, NBA Radio (May)

Tony Siragusa, Fox, (June)

Mike Pratt, Kentucky, (June)

Hank Goldberg, ESPN, (Born and died on a July 4th)

Bill Russell, CBS/ABC (July)

Vin Scully, LA Dodgers/NBC (August)

Voices calling play-by-play college Saturday and NFL Sunday  – There are four: Here you go:

Dave Pasch: Arizona Cardinals and ESPN

Wes Durham: Atlanta Falcons and ESPN

Anish Shroff: Carolina Panthers and ESPN

Bob Wischusen: New York Jets and and ESPN

Many of the same voices you’ve seen in past seasons will be back when the 2022 schedule starts at the end of August. As college football creeps up on us, ESPN will dominate, per below Fox, CBS and NBC.

Game/Network, Commentators

ESPN will carry more games than any of the networks. Last week it released its list of voices:

ABC Saturday Night Football, Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe

ESPN Saturday Night Primetime,  Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Mollie McGrath

ESPN and ABC Saturday, Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Katie George                             

ESPN and ABC Saturday,  Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III, Quint Kessenich                             

ESPN and ABC Saturday, Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill                               

ESPN and ABC Saturday, Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Kris Budden                               

ESPN and ABC Saturday, Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore, Tiffany Blackmon                              

ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday, Anish Shroff, Brock Osweiler, Taylor McGregor                           

ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday, Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Stormy Buonantony                          

ESPN Thursday, Matt Barrie, Louis Riddick, Harry Lyles Jr.                                           

ESPN and ESPN2 Friday, Roy Philpott, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra                               

ESPN and ESPN2 Saturday, Brian Custer, Dustin Fox, Lauren Sisler                           

SEC Saturday Night, Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic                                  

ACC Network Primetime, Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Kelsey Riggs                            

SEC Network, Dave Neal, Deuce McAllister, Andraya Carter                                              

SEC Network, Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang                                              

ACC Network, Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Taylor Davis                                               

ACC Network, Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Lericia Harris                                               

ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday, Clay Matvick, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport                     

ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday, Kevin Brown, Hutson Mason                     

ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday, John Schriffen, Rene Ingoglia                     

ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday, Drew Carter, TBD                  

ESPN2 and ESPNU Saturday, Connor Onion, Craig Haubert                  

Longhorn Network,  Lowell Galindo, Sam Acho, Alex Chappell                                      

ESPNU Thursday – HBCU, Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker                             

ESPN Radio,  Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian Fitzsimmons and/or Mike Couzens, Max Starks                                (Commentator teams are subject to change. Additional broadcasters will be used throughout the season.)

More details on on-air assignments covering the other networks once its releases

First game played weekend of August 27th:

The collegiate headliners are:

ESPN top college teams 

#1 Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit

#2 Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge

#3 Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy

#4 Mark Jones, Robert Griffin III

#5 Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek

#6 Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky

#7 Dave Flemming, Rod Gilmore


#1 Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt

#2 Jason Benetti, Brock Huard

#3 Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman


#1 Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson

#2 TBA (mostly CBS Sports Network)


Jac Collinsworth, Jason Garrett

David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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