Behind the Broadcast Extra: Catalon's hard work pays off
In the nearly 10 years I’ve known Andrew Catalon, I have come to consider him a good friend and a fine broadcaster.
Ego? Catalon doesn’t know the definition of the word. He is a down-to-earth broadcaster and human being. He works hard at his craft, and you knew that, someday, it was going to pay off for him.
That payoff came Thursday when Catalon announced he was leaving WNYT (Ch. 13), where he was the weekend sports anchor as well as sports reporter, to join CBS Sports Network full time as a play-by-play announcer for college football and basketball.
It’s been a steady rise nationally for Catalon. He’s been working games and the U.S. Open tennis on CBSSN, as well as working on DirecTV’s Masters coverage and NBC’s Olympics coverage. In 2011, Catalon got to work an NFL game on CBS Sports.
Obviously, the networks know that Catalon is very talented. He has established himself as a solid play-by-play man. To me, what helped Catalon get some great exposure was his work on the classic tennis semifinal at Wimbledon in last year’s Summer Olympics. Roger Federer and Juan Martin del Potro played a four-hour, 26-minute three-set marathon that ended with Federer winning, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 19-17. The match was carried entirely by Bravo, one of the NBCUniversal’s channels that was carrying the Summer Olympics. NBC Sports picked up the coverage during the third set.
What I remember about that day was Catalon’s understated call. He didn’t scream, didn’t try to pump up the call with a catch phrase. Catalon let the action and the crowd’s reaction tell the story. It was solid.
Catalon did a great job as an anchor and reporter and WNYT. He was the face of the weekly high school sports segment, saluting a Section II athlete of the week.
And back to the ego thing. Catalon could have still been working full time at WNYT while working for CBSSN. But last December, he went from full time to part time at the station, which gave part timer Chris Onorato a chance to move up to full time. It was a classy move on Catalon’s part. I’m not sure any other sportscaster would have done that.
Catalon will be missed on WNYT. Thankfully, we’ll get to see him a lot more on CBSSN and, maybe one day, a regular spot on CBS Sports.