Broadcasting: Familiar faces popping up in different places

On Tuesday, CBS6 (WRGB) sports director Doug Sherman announced he was leaving the station after 21 y
Former WNYT sports reporter Andrew Catalon, center, has been with CBS Sports for seven years. He's shown in the broadcast booth at an NFL game with Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker.
Former WNYT sports reporter Andrew Catalon, center, has been with CBS Sports for seven years. He's shown in the broadcast booth at an NFL game with Steve Beuerlein and Steve Tasker.

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On Tuesday, CBS6 (WRGB) sports director Doug Sherman announced he was leaving the station after 21 years to join ESPN full time as a play-by-play announcer for college basketball, football and baseball.

Sherman became another member of the Capital Region media who has moved on to major sportscasting jobs. Here’s a list of recent media members, and one former college basketball assistant coach, who spent time in the Capital Region.

ANDREW CATALON

Catalon spent nearly 10 years as a sports reporter and weekend sports anchor at NBC13 (WNYT). He has been with CBS Sports for seven years, and joined the network full time in July 2013. He calls the NFL and college basketball for the network. He has also done college basketball and football games for CBS Sports’ cable channel, CBS Sports Network.

Catalon has also worked five Olympic Games for NBC. Last month, he called the tennis matches at the Rio Games. He also called tennis in the 2012 London Games, and handball at the 2008 Beijing Games. He was the play-by-play announcer for Olympic curling at the Winter Games in Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014).

MARC KESTECHER

Kestecher, a Guilderland High School graduate, served as sports director at WPTR/WROW from 1992-96 and was play-by-play announcer for the Albany Patroons of the Con­tinental Basketball Association and the Albany Firebirds of the Arena Football League.

He joined ESPN in 1999 as an ESPN Radio “SportsCenter” update anchor. He moved into play-by-play roles on both ESPN Radio and TV. Recently, Kestecher was named the lead play-by-play man for the NBA on ESPN Radio.

JOE TESSITORE

Tessitore, Schenectady native and Christian Brothers Academy graduate, was a sports reporter and weekend anchor for WRGB in the mid-1990s. He moved on to WFSB TV in Hartford before joining ESPN in February 2002. He calls college football and basketball games for ESPN.

FREDDIE COLEMAN

Coleman has been a mainstay at ESPN Radio for 12 years. He hosts “The Freddie Coleman Show” from 11 p.m. to 2 a.m., and it can be heard on ESPN Radio 104.5 The Team (WTMM-FM).

Coleman spent time in the Capital Region co-hosting a sports talkshow with John Tobin on FOX Sports 980 (WOFX-AM). The show was on from 2003 to 2004.

SAL PAOLANTONIO

“Sal Pal,” as he is sometimes called, has been a national correspondent for ESPN since August 1995. He is known for his reporting on the NFL and is host of “NFL Matchup.”

What you may not know about Paolantonio is that he was a news reporter for the Times Union. He won the Associated Press Managing Editor’s Award for enterprise reporting in 1985. Paolantonio moved on to the Philadelphia Inquirer, where he was a political reporter from 1985-93 before becoming the Philadelphia Eagles beat writer in 1993.

DAVE STRADER

Strader was the play-by-play announcer, as well as the media relations director, for the Adirondack Red Wings from 1979-85 before becoming the TV play-by-play voice of the Detroit Red Wings from 1985-96. He has called games nationally for ESPN, Versus/NBC Sports Network and NBC, and called the Stanley Cup Final for NHL International. Strader, now calling the Dallas Stars on radio and TV, announced in June he is battling cancer.

RIC RENNER

Renner was a sports anchor at WRGB for a couple of years in the mid-1990s. The tall redhead moved on to Nashville before landing at FOX Sports Southwest.

MIKE HAYNES

Haynes was the play-by-play voice of the AHL’s Capital District Islanders from 1990-92. He became the radio play-by-play voice of the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche after the franchise moved there from Quebec. In 2005-06, he moved over to the TV side to call the Avalanche games for the Alt­itude Network.

TIM CAPSTRAW

Capstraw was an assistant coach under Mike Deane at Siena from 1985-89 before becoming head coach at Wagner from 1989-99.

Capstraw begins his 11th season as the radio analyst for the Brooklyn Nets.

ARI WOLFE

Wolfe was a play-by-play announcer for The College of Saint Rose basketball and the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs of the independent Northeast League. He calls the Arena Football League for ESPN. He also calls a variety of games for CBS Sports Network and is an anchor on NFL Network.

DAMON BRUCE

Although he never worked in the Capital Region, Bruce is a Schenectady native and 1993 Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School graduate. Bruce was once a paperboy for The Gazette.

He has been hosting a sports talkshow in San Francisco since October 2005. Bruce is the afternoon drive host on 97.5 The Game (KGMZ-FM).

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