Nevada’s new play-by-play man comes to Reno after calling games for UCLA, UC Riverside
Nevada fans learned in late May they would be listening to a new voice during Wolf Pack radio broadcasts when it was announced Ryan Radtke was taking a national job with Westwood One. Radtke was at Nevada since the start of the 2008 football season.
Nevada fans were introduced to the new man who will call Wolf Pack football and men’s basketball games on Thursday. Along with multimedia rightsholder Learfield, the school announced that John Ramey will be the new man behind the mic.
Ramey, 39, was a member of the UCLA Bruins broadcast team since 2010, calling baseball, men’s and women’s soccer and select men’s and women’s basketball games. He’s also served as the play-by-play voice for the UC Riverside Highlanders men’s basketball team for 11 seasons.
“We’re excited to have John Ramey join the Wolf Pack team,” Rory Hickok, Nevada’s deputy athletics director, said in a release. “We were fortunate to have a great field of play-by-play candidates but John’s unique style really stood out. That style, along with his passion and preparation, will resonate very well with Wolf Pack fans. He’ll be a great fit.”
At UCLA, he was the voice of the Bruins’ 2013 run to a national title at the College Baseball World Series in Omaha, Neb. Nevada to-be third-year baseball coach T.J. Bruce was an assistant on that team.
His resume also includes hosting the Bruin Insider Show for the last four years and serving as producer for various Westwood One shows over the years and as a sports anchor, news writer and producer for KNX 1070 Newsradio at CBS News in Los Angeles.
“I’m thrilled to join Wolf Pack family and the Northern Nevada community,” Ramey said in a release. “The University of Nevada is a tremendous institution with a proud athletic tradition, and I can’t wait to kick-off the season on September 2nd (at Northwestern).”
Additionally, Ramey will host the seasonal Wolf Pack Coaches’ Show and Wolf Pack Daily Show which gives fans a brief overview of all Wolf Pack sports across campus. He also will host a brand-new Wolf Pack podcast featuring exclusive content for fans and oversee various digital responsibilities.
“John is incredibly talented, and we felt strongly that he’ll be a great fit for the Wolf Pack,” said Andy McDowell, general manager for Learfield’s local Wolf Pack Sports Properties team. “After Learfield’s comprehensive, national search, we all believed John was the most poised for this position and has great experience, character and professionalism.”
Ramey didn’t take long getting on Twitter. He can be followed at @Wolf_Pack_Radio.