Fordham Notes: A Fordham Voice Among the March Madness

Thursday, March 17, 2011

A Fordham Voice Among the March Madness

If you’re watching the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, keep an ear open for a familiar Fordham voice.

Spero Dedes, FCRH ’01, the radio play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers, will call four early-round games in the tournament’s Southwest region.

On Friday afternoon, Dedes, who got his start at WFUV (90.7 FM, ) will announce the Notre Dame- Akron game followed by the Texas A&M game against Florida State. Later that evening, Dedes will return to the air as the No. 14-seed Saint Peter’s Peacocks try to upset the No. 3-seed Purdue Boilermakers.

Dedes is also in line to finish a busy day behind the mic with the matchup between Georgetown and Virginia Commonwealth, who defeated USC in the tournament’s first round of play.

In 2001, Dedes received the inaugural Marty Glickman Award, given annually to the Fordham announcer who best exemplifies the standards set by the late sports broadcasting icon. Along with Bob Aherns, executive producer of WFUV sports, and John Cirillo, FCRH ’78, Spero credits Glickman for helping him perfect his craft.

“[Marty] would be very harsh on most of the kids’ [tapes],” Dedes told FORDHAM magazine in late 2005. “But he called me in my dorm room after I’d worked a weekend basketball game and told me he’d heard something in my tapes and that if I kept working on it, I had a bright future in the business. That gave me confidence.”

Dedes is one of a long line of Fordham-trained sportscasters, including Mike Breen, FCRH ’83; Michael Kay, FCRH ’82; Bob Papa, FCRH ’86; and Ford C. Frick Award winner Vin Scully, FCRH ’49, the longtime voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

—Miles Doyle, FCRH ‘01

(Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Lakers.)

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