Andy Freed '94. "voice" of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Major: physical education/sports communications
"For me, Towson had a perfect training ground in WTMD radio." Andy Freed

 

Hear Andy's play by play

When did you first realize you wanted to be a sports broadcaster?

“As an 8-year-old kid, I remember going to an Orioles game with my uncle and being more fascinated by the broadcast than the players. Later, I would go to Baltimore’s Memorial Stadium, sit high in the upper deck behind home plate and broadcast entire O’s games into my tape recorder.”

How did Towson help you land your dream job?

“I joined the student staff at the campus radio station WCVT (now WTMD). I learned the ropes while broadcasting the Tigers’ football, basketball and lacrosse games.”

You had an interesting internship. Can you talk about that?

“Towson’s internship program took me to the Orioles’ flagship station, WBAL, and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, which put me in touch with Major League broadcasters there, including the Orioles’ Jon Miller, then the voice of the Orioles. He would find empty booths so I could broadcast the game into my tape recorder. Then he’d critique my tapes. There were times when all the lights were out at the stadium and we were the only ones there.”

How did you get to the big leagues?

“I traveled a long road calling games for the Single-A St. Lucie (Fla.) Mets, the Double-A Trenton (N.J.) Thunder and the Triple-A Pawtucket (R.I.) Red Sox before the Devil Rays came calling for me.”

Why should students consider Towson?

 “Towson offers a broad range of academics. I got as much out of my elective classes as the classes in my major. That helped give me a wide range of interests and an understanding of lots of things, not solely my major.”

What's the best thing about Towson?

“Towson has strong academics, a great location and a fabulous internship program."

 

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