A brand new broadcast duo with a familiar background will team up to form the Wareham Gatemen Broadcast Team for the 2012 season. Benjamin Fontana and Jarrad Saffren, both sophomores at the SI Newhouse School of Public Communication at Syracuse University, will join the Gatemen organization this summer as play by play broadcasters.
This will be our 6th season bringing live play by play coverage for all 44 regular season games plus the playoffs. Once again, we will partner with Wareham Community Television who will provide our live video for all home games at Spillane Field that will stream free of charge on UStreamTV; accessed here at www.gatemen.org from our Pressbox Page. Ben and Jarrad will also hit the road with the team; delivering live play by play audio.
Ben and Jarrad will be our 4th and 5th play by play broadcasters in the last 4 years from Syracuse; following Alex Perlman (2009), Eric Silverman (2010) and Bill Spaulding (2011). We hope to debut our newest team during a preseason game on June 12th when the Gatemen welcome the Newport (RI) Gulls from the New England Collegiate Baseball League to Spillane Field for a preseason game. Check back to www.gatemen.org for more information.
Ben Fontana is wrapping up his sophomore year at Syracuse University where he studies Broadcast Journalism at the SI Newhouse School of Public Communications. At Syracuse, Ben works for the 3 major media networks on campus. Ben covers SU football, men’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse for WAER radio, hosts and produces content for high school football, SU women’s basketball, and women’s lacrosse for Z89, and works on the sports staff at CitrusTV. Ben analyzes SU football, men’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse on CitrusTV’s “‘Cuse Countdown” which airs Saturday mornings on the local cable sports network.
A lifelong Philadelphian and self-proclaimed cheesesteak savant, Jarrad Saffren grew up an avid fan of all the local professional sports teams, especially the Phillies. Currently a sophomore going-on Junior at Syracuse University, Jarrad is heavily involved with the sports departments at a pair of campus radio stations, Z89 and WAER. He has covered Syracuse football, men’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse for WAER. At Z89, he has called local high school football games, Syracuse women’s basketball, and women’s lacrosse. Jarrad has also worked for 610 WIP Sportsradio in Philadelphia, one of the nation’s original sports talk radio stations, and been a featured correspondent at Bleacher Report, the fourth largest sports media site in the country.
Both will share play by play duties this summer and also contribute to www.gatemen.org with game stories and other features.