UConn football home opener will have Joe D’Ambrosio calling the game on TV

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Joe D'Ambrosio

Joe D'Ambrosio


The former voice of UConn will be back calling a Huskies game.

CW20 and Fox 61 announded Thursday that they will televise and stream UConn’s home football opener against Central Connecticut on Sept. 3. And calling the game will be Joe D’Ambrosio, the UConn radio play-by-play voice for 26 years. The game will be broadcast on CW20 and streamed on FOX61+, the new streaming service from FOX61 News available on Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

D’Ambrosio’s run ended when UConn radio rights shifted from WTIC-AM to 97.9 ESPN in 2018. But D’Ambrosio remains a popular figure among UConn fans, as evidenced by the reaction on Twitter when the news of the UConn-CCSU broadcast broke Thursday.

Joining D’Ambrosio: Big East Network’s John Fanta, also a popular figure among UConn basketball fans. Randy Brochu will work as sideline reporter.

“We are extremely pleased to partner with our friends at CW20 and FOX61 to bring our football home opener to a wide TV and streaming audience, especially with two in-state teams playing,” UConn athletic director David Benedict said in a statement. “The opportunity to watch the Huskies in person or any other form, be it live or replay, is critically important to our student-athletes, their friends and families and UConn Nation!”

The game from Rentschler Field kicks off at noon. It will be Jim Mora’s first home game as UConn head coach, following the Aug. 27 season opender at Utah State.

“We would obviously like to have as many fans as possible pack Rentschler Field for our home opener,” Mora said. “But for those who can’t make it, I’m so glad that they will be able to watch it on CW20 and Fox61+. Knowing that so many people are watching will only add to the excitement for our players.”

D’Ambrosio is a nine-time Connecticut Sportscaster of the Year winner. The Hartford native worked at WLIS-AM in Old Saybrook and WPOP-AM before begining a 28-year run at WTIC-AM. He has also worked for NBC Connecticut and Fox 61.