Hands-on Experiences Put Broadcaster’s Career on the Fast Track

Hands-on Experiences Put Broadcaster’s Career on the Fast Track

by Dave Cranshaw
UNH Today Editor

Jon Mozes ’12 admits that when he was growing up he would turn down the sound while playing sports video games and announce the action. Still, he didn’t really catch the bug for sports broadcasting until he arrived at UNH.

His first big break came when the resident assistant in his dorm, who happened to be the program director at WNHU, approached him about being a color commentator for a women’s basketball game. He did a few games, and by the end of his first year on campus he had broadcast all the home baseball games. Throughout his four years at UNH, he served as a broadcaster or public address announcer for nearly every sport at UNH.

Jon Mozes '12 (right)

“I was fortunate to be at a university that had ample opportunities to call basketball, baseball and football and get a chance to learn how to call games in a way that a listener could understand the action on the field,” he said.

Today, he is a public relations assistant and a member of the broadcast team for home games of the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. He also does play-by-play for high school football and basketball games of the week aired on WNPV in Lancaster, Pa., and serves as a broadcaster and public address announcer for Rider University and the University of Pennsylvania.

An enduring memory of his career thus far was being the voice of the Gary SouthShore RailCats, an independent league baseball team in Gary, Ind., during their championship season last year. Soon after calling the last out of the title tilt, he was on the field as part of the celebration.

As the party on the field broke up, Mozes headed back to the press box to write his post-game story and post the news on social media and the team’s website. After finishing his work, he hustled down to the team bus, figuring he would be the last one to board for the trip back home. But the championship celebration was still in full swing. “It was such a joyous moment,” he said, “and it was something I’ll never forget.”

Mozes believes it was his hands-on experiences at UNH – he also hosted a weekly coaches show and served as a production assistant for an afternoon drive-time program on ESPN Radio – that put his career on the fast track.

“Had I gone to another university, I may not have been able to call any of the major sports until my senior year,” he said. “I have read about Malcolm Gladwell’s theory of 10,000 hours of practice to achieve mastery in a field, and while I may not have hit that point just yet I got a heck of a start on it at UNH.”

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