The five-time Atlantic League champion Somerset Patriots have announced the hiring of new radio broadcaster Justin Antweil.
An STAA client, Antweil is a recent graduate of the University of Miami, where he was the play-by-play broadcaster for Miami Hurricane baseball, football, basketball, and volleyball. He was a 2010 STAA Honorable Mention All-American as one of the nation’s top collegiate sports broadcasters.
At his time at Miami, Antweil was also the sports director at WVUM Radio, a reporter for News Vision and Sports Desk on UMTV, and Sports Editor for The Miami Hurricane.
“I am very excited to join the Somerset Patriots organization. The Patriots have a successful track record both on the field and in the community, so it is a genuine privilege and honor for me to become part of the Patriots family. As the radio voice of Patriots baseball, I pledge to deliver an informative, clear, and always energetic broadcast, and I look forward to sharing the drama of every pitch with the tremendous Patriots fan base. Cannot wait for Opening Day,” said Antweil.
“STAA definitely helped,” Antweil says. “I used [STAA CEO] Jon Chelesnik’s advice having my advisor from the University of Miami and baseball coach Jim Morris makes calls on my behalf]. Those two references helped. All of [STAA’s] advice helped out a lot.”
Antweil was a camper in the Bruce Beck & Ian Eagle Broadcasting Camp in 2007 and was selected as a standout to call a half inning of play-by-play with then Somerset Patriots Radio Broadcaster Brian Bender during the camp’s trip to TD Bank Ballpark.
Antweil will call 140 games on WCTC 1450 AM, the Flagship Station for Somerset Patriots Baseball.
“Justin first impressed us with the way he calls a game, but really stood out during the interview process. You can see the excitement and passion he has for broadcasting the game and how much he wanted to be the voice of our team. We are looking forward to Justin being part of our team,” said Patrick McVerry, President/General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.
He is taking over the Patriots Radio Broadcaster position held by Adam Amin the past two seasons. Amin was hired by ESPN at the end of the 2011 season and has been broadcasting college events for the network, including football, basketball, and volleyball. Amin was a 2009 STAA All-American.
(Visit Justin’s STAA Talent Page.)