Week #4 College Football; Notre Dame-Ohio State steals the stage



The more I listen to Bob Wischusen, the better he grades with me. He’s versatile and bold. Does or has done college football, is the Jets radio play-by-player prominently, and does the NBA, college football, basketball and the NHL for ESPN. Depth of knowledge is required. He’s there with the  apt word for the right occasion. Strong and enthusiastic.

Bob reminds me of Dick Vitale with whom he works basketball. Dickie A announced this summer that he had been diagnosed with cancer for a third time, vocal cord and melanoma, The man is an indefatigable battler. In my humble opinion, Dickie V is #2 all-time behind Chris Berman in popularity who was in many ways the studio voice of the NFL and baseball. Vitale is 84 and Berman, 68. Both are workhorses.

Dan Hellie does occasional play-by-play work for Fox. He’s also had NFL assignments from the Foxies from time-to-time. On Friday over FS1, he’ll cover Air Force at San Jose State. His partner is Petros Papadakis. Dan was born in the Philippines in 1975 where his parents were stationed in the Peace Corps.

Charlie Neal, 78, is a Black college football broadcaster based in the South and still working. Several years ago, the nimble columnist for the  Ringer Bryan Curtis  told his readers “For decades, Charlie Neal has been the voice of football for historically Black colleges and universities, an NBA studio host and one of the architects of modern sports media. He deserves to be better known and celebrated.” Saturday, Charlie is on Texas Southern vs. Grambling State. It’s carried by HBCU-Go. Neal is a common name in sportscasting. Bob on the NBA over Turner and a Bob, same name, with the Indians (then) from the 50s through the early 70s. Now Dave Neal, Bob’s son, is on the SEC Network. Vin Scully stole the show, “A bouncer on the infield to Charlie Neal and that’s that…”

Relationships at work: Noah Eagle arguably his biggest assignment yet, Ohio State at Notre Dame. Primetime on NBC, Saturday night. Todd Blackledge and Kathryn Tappen join him. Dad Ian on CBS’ late game, Carolina at Seattle…..Cris Collinsworth, 64, on NFL and his son Jac, 29, with NBC’s college both assigned to game coverage. This Charlie Neal also played for the Mets in the 60s.


Broadcast schedule Week # 4


Thursday, September 21

7:30 PM- Georgia State at Coastal Carolina 

ESPN: Matt Barrie, Dan Mullen, Harry Lyles Jr. 


7:30 PM- UAPB at Alabama A&M 

ESPNU: Tiffany Greene, Jay Walker 


Friday, September 22

7 PM- Wisconsin at Purdue

FS1: Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman 


7 PM- Brown at Harvard

ESPN+: Alex Vispoli, Tyler Davey, Mike Basile


7:30 PM- NC State at Virginia

ESPN: Anish Shroff, Andre Ware, Paul Carcaterra


10:30 PM- Air Force at San Jose State 

FS1: Dan Hellie, Petros Papadakis 


10:30 PM- Boise State at San Diego State 

CBSSN: Rich Waltz, Aaron Taylor, Justin Walters


Saturday, September 23


Noon- Florida State at Clemson  

ABC: Sean McDonough, Greg McElroy, Molly McGrath

Gridiron Radio: Noah Britt, Jon Reynolds, Patrick Johnson


Noon- Oklahoma at Cincinnati 

FOX: Gus Johnson, Joel Klatt, Jenny Taft


Noon- Auburn at Texas A&M 

ESPN: Bob Wischusen, Robert Griffin III, Kris Budden

Compass Media: Gregg Daniels, Chad Brown


Noon- Virginia Tech at Marshall 

ESPN2: Roy Philpott, Roddy Jones, Taylor McGregor


Noon- Western Kentucky at Troy 

ESPNU: John Schriffen, Rocky Boiman, Dawn Davenport


Noon- SMU at TCU

FS1: Eric Collins, Devin Gardner


Noon- Rutgers at Michigan

BTN: Cory Provous, Jake Butt, Brooke Fletcher


Noon- Kentucky at Vanderbilt

SEC: Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Alyssa Lang


Noon- Tulsa at Northern Illinois 

CBSSN: Jordan Kent, Malik Zaire


Noon- Army West Point at Syracuse 

ACCN: Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Sherree Burruss


Noon- Sacred Heart at St. Francis-PA 

NEC Front Row: Pat Farabaugh, Jay Roberts


Noon- Cornell at Yale

ESPN+: Justin Gallanty, Jack Siedlecki


Noon- Butler at Stetson 

ESPN+: Tom James, Victor Anderson


12:30 PM- Georgetown at Columbia 

SNY, ESPN+: Lance Medow, Shawn Fitzgerald 


1 PM- Mercer at Furman 

Nexstar, ESPN+: Pete Yanity, Jared Singleton


1 PM- Lindenwood at Illinois State 

ESPN+: Kurt Pegler, Clay Harbor


1 PM- Wofford at VMI

ESPN+:  Wade Branner, Chip Tarkenton


1 PM- Marist at Valparaiso 

ESPN+: Todd Ickow, Tom Byrne


1:30 PM- Western Michigan at Toledo

ESPN+: Michael Reghi, Je’Rod Cherry


1:30 PM- Lehigh at Dartmouth

ESPN+: Matt Corsetti, Steve Goldberg


2 PM- Colgate at Holy Cross

SPEC 1, ESPN+: Kevin Gehl, Kevin Shea, Laura Stickells


2 PM- Morehead State at St. Thomas 

Fox 9+, Midco+: Corbu Stathes, Chris Ohm


2 PM- Georgia Southern at Ball State

ESPN+: Jim Barbar, Tyoka Jackson


2 PM- Rhode Island at Villanova

FloFootball: Nick Mantegna, Steve Pinone, Tessa Peloso


2:30 PM- Charleston Southern at Western Carolina

ESPN+: Kyle Rush, Daniel Hooker


3 PM- Utah Tech at Missouri State

MC-22, ESPN+: Don West, Tom Mast


3 PM- Texas Southern at Grambling State

HBCU Go: Charlie Neal, Jon Kelley, Ashley Holder


3 PM- McNeese at Eastern Illinois

ESPN+: Mike Bradd, Dave Kidwell, Kacy Standohar


3 PM- Virginia U of Lynchburg at Robert Morris

ESPN+: Adam Gusky, Ray Thomas


3 PM- Chattanooga at Samford

ESPN+: Blake Gardner, Damian Mitchell, Lynden Blake


3:30 PM- Colorado at Oregon

ABC: Joe Tessitore, Jesse Palmer, Katie George

Learfield: Chris Hassel, Mike Golic Jr.


3:30 PM- UCLA at Utah

FOX: Jason Benetti, Brock Huard, Allison Williams

ESPN Radio: Marc Kestecher, Kelly Stouffer, Ian Fitzsimmons


3:30 PM- Ole Miss at Alabama

CBS: Tom McCarthy, Ross Tucker, Jason McCourty, Tiffany Blackmon

Westwood One: J.P. Shadrick, Derek Rackley


3:30 PM- Maryland at Michigan State

NBC: Jac Collinsworth, Jason Garrett, Zora Stephenson 


3:30 PM- BYU at Kansas

ESPN: Mark Jones, Louis Riddick, Quint Kessenich

BYU Radio: Greg Wrubell, Hans Olsen, Mitchell Juergens


3:30 PM- Miami (FL) at Temple

ESPN2: Lowell Galindo, Kirk Morrison, Stormy Buonantony


3:30 PM- Florida Atlantic at Illinois

BTN: Jason Ross Jr., Howard Griffith, Justine Ward


3:30 PM- Louisiana Tech at Nebraska

BTN: Mark Followill, Matt Millen, Meghan McKeown


3:30 PM- Boston College at Louisville

ACCN: Jorge Sedano, Orlando Franklin, Marilyn Payne


3:30 PM- Duke at UConn

CBSSN: Chris Lewis, Robert Turbin, Keiana Martin


3:30 PM- Monmouth at Lafayette

Lafayette SN, ESPN+: Gary Laubach, Mike Joseph, Sam Kuperman 


3:30 PM- Maine at William & Mary

YurView VA, FloFootball: Jay Colley, Shawn Knight


3:30 PM- New Mexico at UMass

ESPN+: Jay Burnham, Andy Gresh, Matt Goldstein


3:30 PM- Texas Tech at West Virginia

ESPN+: Drew Carter, Dustin Fox, Tori Petry


3:30 PM- Ohio at Bowling Green

ESPN+: Doug Sherman, Marcus Ray


3:30 PM- Delaware State at Miami (OH)

ESPN+: Anthony Lima, Ryan Cavanaugh


3:30 PM- Texas A&M-Commerce at Old Dominion

ESPN+: Chip Tarkenton, Andy Mashaw


3:30 PM- Penn at Bucknell

 ESPN+: Doug Birdsong, Kevin Herr


3:30 PM- Richmond at Stony Brook

FloFootball: Jonny Wincott, Sam Kornhauser, Brandon London


4 PM- Oklahoma State at Iowa State

FS1: Dan Hellie, Petros Papadakis


4 PM- Rice at South Florida

ESPNU: Jay Alter, Rene Ingoglia


4 PM- UTSA at Tennessee

SEC: Dave Neal, Derek Mason, Taylor Davis


4 PM- Norfolk State at Towson

Monumental SN, FloFootball: Spiro Morekas, Gordy Combs


4 PM- Sacramento State at Idaho

SWX, CW 31, ESPN+: Dennis Patchin, Ryan Phillips


4 PM- Montana at Northern Arizona

MTN, ESPN+: Jay Kohn, Marty Mornhinweg, Kyle Hansen


4 PM- Merrimack at Wagner

NEC Front Row: Keith Raad, Marc Enray


4 PM- Cal Poly at Portland State

ESPN+: Matt Richert, Scott Hermo


5 PM- Central Michigan at South Alabama

ESPN+: Pat Greenwood, TBA


5 PM- Eastern Michigan at Jacksonville State

ESPN+: Mickey Shadrix, Chase Robinson


5 PM- Dayton at San Diego

ESPN+: Jack Cronin


6 PM- New Hampshire at Delaware

Delmarva SN, FloFootball: Matt Janus, Pat Devlin


6 PM- Fayetteville State at Union

TheGrio: James Hadnot, Antoine Bethea, Lawrencia Moten


6 PM- Gardner-Webb at East Carolina

ESPN+: James Westling, Reggie Walker


6 PM- Albany at Morgan State

ESPN+: Phil Schoener, Emory Hunt


6 PM- The Citadel at South Carolina State

ESPN+: Ernest Robinson, William “Bill” Hamilton


6 PM- Northern Colorado at Idaho State

ESPN+: Dylan Carder, Kody Graves


6 PM- Alabama A&M at Florida A&M

ESPN+: Santoria Black, Tolly Carr


6 PM- Southeast Missouri at Eastern Kentucky

ESPN+: Greg Stotelmyer, Jim Tirey, Wes Chandler


6 PM- Elon at Campbell

FloFootball: Chris Hemeyer, Jay Sonnhalter


6:30 PM- Georgia Tech at Wake Forest

CW: Tom Werme, James Bates, Treavor Scales


6:30 PM- Liberty at FIU

ESPN+: AJ Ricketts, Jonathan Cyprien


7 PM- Oregon State at Washington State

FOX: Jeff Levering, Mark Helfrich


7 PM- Arkansas at LSU

ESPN: Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Holly Rowe

ESPN Radio: Mike Couzens, Max Starks, Mike Peasley


7 PM- Appalachian State at Wyoming

CBSSN: Carter Blackburn, Randy Cross, Emily Proud


7 PM- Arizona at Stanford

P12, P12 AZ, P12 BAY: Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth


7 PM- Charlotte at Florida

SEC+, ESPN+: Clay Matvick, Aaron Murray


7 PM- Southern Miss at Arkansas State

ESPN+: Roger Twibell, Pete Cordelli, Darrell Greene


7 PM- Nevada at Texas State

ESPN+: Brant Freeman, Keith Moreland, Koral Riggs


7 PM- Nicholls at Tulane

ESPN+: Richard Cross, Taylor McHargue


7 PM- Colorado State at Middle Tennessee

ESPN+: Jake Rose, Jeremy Kellem, Justin Beasley


7 PM- Sam Houston at Houston

ESPN+: Mark Neely, Ryan Leaf, Shane Sparks


7 PM- Abilene Christian at Central Arkansas

ESPN+: Dylan McLemore, Wess Moore


7 PM- UT Martin at North Alabama

ESPN+: Benjamin Ray, Bryan Neece


7 PM- Austin Peay at Stephen F. Austin

ESPN+: Rob Myers, Hunter Taylor


7 PM- Southwest Baptist at Tarleton

ESPN+: John Liddle, 


7 PM- Kennesaw State at Tennessee Tech

ESPN+: Dylan Vazzano, Jacob Metz


7 PM- Bethune-Cookman at Jackson State

ESPN+: Butch Alsandor, Jorge Vargas


7 PM- Lincoln (CA) at Lamar

ESPN+: Dan Gresham, Bob Slovak, Lemont Williams


7 PM- North American at UIW

ESPN+: Karl Schoening, Sam Kaman


7 PM- Prairie View A&M at Alcorn State

Braves All-Access: Charles Edmond, Cedric Bush


7:30 PM- Iowa at Penn State

CBS: Brad Nessler, Gary Danielson, Jenny Dell

Touchdown Radio: Brett Dolan, Gino Torretta


7:30 PM- Texas at Baylor

ABC: Dave Pasch, Dusty Dvoracek, Tom Luginbill


7:30 PM- Ohio State at Notre Dame

NBC: Noah Eagle, Todd Blackledge, Kathryn Tappen


7:30 PM- UAB at Georgia

ESPN2: Brian Custer, Rod Gilmore, Lauren Sisler


7:30 PM- Minnesota at Northwestern

BTN: Lisa Byington, Anthony Herron, Elise Menaker


7:30 PM- Akron at Indiana

BTN: Connor Onion, Adam Breneman, Dannie Rogers


7:30 PM- Memphis vs. Missouri

ESPNU: Courtney Lyle, Hutson Mason


7:30 PM- Mississippi State at South Carolina

SEC: Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic


7:30 PM- Buffalo at Louisiana

ESPN+: Dan McDonald, Eric Mouton


8 PM- North Carolina at Pitt

ACCN: Wes Durham, Tim Hasselbeck, Taylor Tannebaum


8 PM- UCF at Kansas State

FS1: Eric Collins, Devin Gardner


8 PM- James Madison at Utah State

KJZZ, MW Net: Dave Fox, Alema Harrington, Frank Dolce


8 PM- Montana State at Weber State

MTN, ESPN+: Ben Creighton, Ty Gregorak, Ashley Washburn


8 PM- Western Illinois at Southern Utah

ESPN+: Spencer McLaughlin, Ryan Steineckert



ESPN+: Duke Keith, Jacob Boggs


10 PM- Eastern Washington at UC Davis

KQCA, ESPN+: Scott Marsh, Scott Gordon


10:30 PM- USC at Arizona State

FOX: Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Josh Sims


10:30 PM- Cal at Washington

ESPN: Dave Flemming, Brock Osweiler, Kayla Burton


10:30 PM- Kent State at Fresno State

CBSSN: Dave Ryan, Donte Whitner


11:59 PM- New Mexico State at Hawai’i

SPEC PPV, Team1Sports: Kanoa Leahey, Rich Miano, Jordan Helle

Courtesy of Eye on Sky and Air Sports

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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