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USF announcer now voice of Pirates’ Florida State League affiliate

Posted Jun 3, 2010 by Scott Carter

Updated Jun 3, 2010 at 01:56 PM

If you are a regular visitor to USF’s official website, you’ve probably seen Joel Godett in the past 10 months. He’s the guy who looks younger than many of the athletes he interviews.

A Syracuse grad, the 23-year-old Godett arrived at USF last August following a summer calling games on the radio for the Buffalo Bisons, the New York Mets’ current Triple-A team.

Godett hosted “The Bullhorn” each morning on USF’s website and served as the radio play-by-play voice of the USF baseball and women’s basketball teams this past season. His final game working for USF started last Friday night and ended around 1 a.m. Saturday morning when the Bulls’ season ended with an extra-inning, 11-9 loss to Louisville in the Big East Tournament.

“Probably the best baseball game I’ve ever seen [in my career],’’ Godett said Thursday, chuckling that his “career” is only 2. “It was kind of that mixture of the game I love and college athletics. They left every single ounce of energy and every single ounce of baseball they had out on that field.’’

Godett’s dream job is to become the radio play-by-play voice of a major league team some day. He grew up in New Jersey, rooting for the Mets, and sort of took his chosen career path by accident.

His father saw an advertisement for the Ian Eagle Sports Broadcasting Camp one morning the summer between Godett’s sophomore and junior years of high school. Godett enrolled and spent several days learning the business at the Yogi Berra Museum in Little Falls, N.J.

“I went for a week and got hooked on it from there,’’ Godett said.

Godett discovered his passion, one that is easy to detect if you spend a few minutes listening to him on-air.

My first encounter with his radio persona came late during the women’s basketball season when I tuned in to see how the USF women’s game was going at Georgetown. I initially flipped over just to get a score, but I soon realized I had listened to most of the second half because of Godett’s entertaining and informative style.

While Godett is no longer at USF, you can still tune in and catch him calling a game. He is now the play-by-play announcer for the Florida State League’s Bradenton Marauders. You can check out Godett’s coverage of the Marauders – he also writes the game notes – by visiting the team’s official website.

Godett will call nearly every game this season, home and away, on the club’s new Internet radio station. As he spoke Thursday, Godett was preparing for another day at the ballpark for Bradenton’s game tonight against Lakeland.

“The thing you are always thankful for is just get an opportunity to be on the air,’’ Godett said.

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