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Joseph J. Castiglione (born 2 March 1947)[1] is an American radio announcer for the Boston Red Sox baseball team,[2] an author[3] and lecturer.[2]

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Early life and career

Castiglione was born in Hamden, Connecticut and graduated from Colgate University with a BA in Liberal Arts.[2] He was the radio voice of Colgate football and baseball while a student.[3] He then received a MFA from Syracuse University.[4] While at Syracuse, he worked a variety of on-air jobs for WSYR-TV (now WSTM-TV). He began his career in Youngstown, Ohio broadcasting football games for $15 a game, and as sports reporter for WFMJ-TV in 1972.[5] His first major job as a sportscaster was in Cleveland in 1979, where he called Cleveland Indians games and did sports reporting for WKYC-TV.[6]

Career with the Red Sox

Castiglione joined the Red Sox broadcast team in 1983,[3] teamed with Ken Coleman.[6] He admitted not being in the booth when the ball rolled through Bill Buckner's legs in the 1986 World Series, as he was in the clubhouse covering Red Sox' seemingly-impending victory celebration.[6] After Coleman's retirement in 1989, Bob Starr became the lead announcer for the Red Sox.[7] After Starr's departure at the end of the 1991 season, Castiglione became the team's lead radio announcer along with Jerry Trupiano.[8] Castiglione became nationally known when the team won the 2004 World Series, with his broadcast of the end of the game.[3] During the 2007 season he shared announcing duties with a rotating duo of Dave O'Brien[9] and Glenn Geffner.[10] With Glenn Geffner leaving for the Florida Marlins broadcast booth,[11] Castiglione shared the booth with Dave O'Brien, Dale Arnold or Jon Rish in 2008.[12] Dave O'Brien and Jon Rish are his partners for 2009.[13]

Castiglione claims to have been a New York Yankees fan as a kid.[6] He said in his autobiography that he then closely followed the Pittsburgh Pirates because they were the closest to Youngstown, and likewise became an Indians fan after moving to Cleveland.[14]

Castiglione is currently a Lecturer in the department of Communication Studies at Northeastern University, where he teaches a course on Sports Broadcasting.[9] Current Red Sox play-by-play announcers Don Orsillo and Uri Berenguer were among his students and broadcast booth interns.[6] He has also taught at Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.[4]

Non-Red Sox work

He occasionally has called college football and basketball, most notably including games of Lafayette College and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, where he worked alongside his oldest son, Duke, now with WNYW in New York.[14]

Book

In 2004, Castiglione published a book called Broadcast Rites and Sites: I Saw It on the Radio with the Boston Red Sox (ISBN 1-58-979324-2).[3] The book is a collection of stories from his days covering the Cleveland Indians and Boston Red Sox.[3] It was updated in 2006 to include material on the 2004 World Series.

References

  1. ^ Joe Castiglione at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  2. ^ a b c Joe Castiglione at quinnipiac.edu, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  3. ^ a b c d e f Alumnus makes call Sox fans waited decades to hear at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  4. ^ a b Lecturers at franklinpierce.edu, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  5. ^ Joe Castiglione at weei.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  6. ^ a b c d e Joe Castiglione: Red Sox Radio Broadcaster for 21 years at italiausa.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  7. ^ Bob Starr at baseball-reference.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  8. ^ Trupiano gets Sox radio job by Jack Craig at highbeam.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  9. ^ a b Broadcasters at mlb.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  10. ^ Red Sox Extends Radio Deal with WTIC at bizofbaseball.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  11. ^ Broadcasters at mlb.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  12. ^ 2008 Red Sox Radio Broadcasters Announced at soxanddawgs.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  13. ^ 2009 Boston Red Sox Radio Network at soxanddawgs.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
  14. ^ a b Broadcast rites and sites: I saw it on the radio with the Boston Red Sox at books.google.com, URL accessed August 20, 2009
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