Crispino hired to be new radio voice of UConn football, men's basketball

Published on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:21
Written by Matt Buckler

Journal Inquirer

He’s broadcast games for such storied franchises as the Boston Celtics, New York Yankees, New York Mets and New York Knicks.

Now he’s about to add the UConn Huskies to his resume.

Mike Crispino will become the new football and men’s basketball voice for UConn when the UConn sports package moves to iHeart Radio and WUCS-FM97.9 in the fall.

Color commentator Wayne Norman, who has been involved in UConn broadcasts since 1981, has been retained by iHeart and will team up with Crispino.

Crispino replaces Joe D’Ambrosio, who had called UConn games for 26 years on WTIC-AM1080.

D’Ambrosio is under contract with WTIC, and Entercom Radio, however, which prevented him from pursuing the UConn position with iHeart.

That opened up a seat in the UConn booth and Crispino, an Avon resident, has been selected to fill it. The official announcement is expected to take place later this week.

Crispino has a long sports resume, starting in 1982 when he was the color announcer for University of Hartford men’s basketball on WINF-AM1230, working alongside legendary basketball announcer George Ehrlich.

In 1983, he became lead sports anchor at WVIT-TV30, replacing Scott Wahle.

After five years at Channel 30, Crispino moved to WLVI-TV56 in Boston as sports anchor.

During his Boston days, he called Boston Celtic basketball telecasts alongside Hall of Fame analyst Bob Cousy.

Then Crispino was hired by the Madison Square Garden Network in New York in 1992 as a sports anchor. He also did some play by play of New York Yankee telecasts. Later he also called several New York Mets games.

During his 25 years at Madison Square Garden Network, he called St. John’s basketball games on radio and also filled in for Mike Breen on New York Knicks telecasts.

He had two stints broadcasting Knicks games on ESPN Radio in New York, until his contract expired and was not renewed following the 2016-17 season.

Last season he worked for the Pac-12 Network, where he handled college basketball, football and baseball.

As far as his football experience is concerned, he called games for the American Sports Network and also covered the New York Giants and New York Jets during his MSG days. He also served as sideline reporter for several Fox Network telecasts, primarily Jets and Giant games.

One of his best assignments took place in 2008 when he worked on Olympic men’s basketball telecasts on the NBC Networks from the 2008 Beijing Games. He called the games from a New York studio.

Crispino also will be the host of coaches shows on WUCS involving head football coach Randy Edsall and head basketball coach Dan Hurley.

He should be familiar with the UConn tradition - even when he worked in New York, he lived in Connecticut. So even though his broadcasting career takes him back to his home state, he never really left it.

Posted in New Britain Herald, UConn on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:21. Updated: Wednesday, 18 July 2018 21:24.