With the move of UConn’s radio rights to ESPN, a new voice will be calling Husky football and basketball games for the first time in 26 years. That new voice belongs to Mike Crispino, a longtime Hartford resident who most recently worked as the play-by-play announcer for the New York Knicks and has held a variety of roles across the Madison Square Garden Network realm since 1992.
Crispino replaces the beloved Joe D’Ambrosio, who still has a year remaining on his contract with WTIC 1080, the former rights-holder for UConn athletics. He will have big shoes to fill, certainly, as D’Ambrosio has provided the call for so many historic moments in Husky athletics history. Crispino will join familiar names Bob Joyce, Executive Producer and voice of women’s basketball, Wayne Norman, color commentator for football and men’s basketball, Debbie Fisk, color commentator for women’s basketball, and former Husky athletes Adam Giardino and Randy LaVigne on the broadcasting team.
“We are pleased to have our broadcast teams in place as we move closer to our 2018-19 seasons and begin our exciting new relationship with iHeartRadio and ESPN,” said UConn Director of Athletics David Benedict said via release. “Mike is a consummate broadcasting professional who excels in a variety of sports at both the collegiate and professional levels. The fact that he has a Connecticut background and is very familiar with UConn and our teams make him an ideal fit.”