STAA member Josh Appel, the 2016 winner of STAA’s Jim Nantz Award as the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sports broadcaster, has joined Sports USA as a full-time NFL & college football play-by-play announcer.
Appel graduated from the University of South Florida in 2016 and earned his degree in Mass Communications. As a student, he called football, basketball and baseball, and upon graduation became the voice of the FIU Panthers. Appel is also in his fourth season as one of the play-by-play voices for the Clearwater Threshers, a minor-league affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
Appel worked two college football games for Sports USA last year, calling the play-by-play of the Independence and Outback Bowls nationally.
“Josh is a rising star in our industry,” said Larry Kahn, CEO, Founder and lead NFL broadcaster of Sports USA. “We are thrilled to have him with us on a full-time basis.”
“I couldn’t be more thankful and excited to join the Sports USA family,” Appel said. “It’s been a dream of mine to call games at this level and I can’t thank Larry and Sports USA enough for the opportunity.”
Appel joins a stable of play-by-play announcers that includes Kahn, Anaheim Ducks broadcaster John Ahlers, longtime Alabama Crimson Tide voice Eli Gold, Bob Fitzgerald of the Golden State Warriors, and Wayne Randazzo from the NY Mets.