D'Ambrosio at the 2011 NCAA Men's Final Four in Houston, Texas
July 19, 1953 |
Hartford, Connecticut, United States
|Occupation||Play-by-play announcer, sports anchor, sports talk-show host|
Joe D'Ambrosio (born July 19, 1953, in Hartford, Connecticut) is an American sports broadcaster and play-by-play announcer.
Known as “the Voice of the Huskies,” D'Ambrosio has been the play-by-play announcer for the University of Connecticut’s football and men's basketball games on WTIC (AM) NewsTalk 1080 (www.wtic.com) since 1992. He also broadcasts select UConn baseball, soccer, and women's basketball games. In April 2014, D'Ambrosio called his fourth NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship with the University of Connecticut. He has been the play-by-play voice for a total of eight NCAA basketball national championships, including his years as the voice of the UConn women's basketball team.
He and colleague Kevin Nathan alternate hosting duties for the long-running weeknight sports call-in show “Sports Talk,” also on WTIC. Additionally, he is seen on WVIT-TV where he provides weekly “Husky Insider” updates during football and basketball seasons, and where he also fills in as sports anchor.
D’Ambrosio is heard nationally on ESPN Radio as a SportsCenter update anchor. He has been affiliated with ESPN radio since 1996, and during his tenure there has hosted shows including MLB on ESPN Radio and Countdown to Kickoff, and he has covered major sporting events including several Super Bowls, World Series, and Major League Baseball All-Star games. For more than ten years, he has held the unusual distinction of being employed by the corporations owning ABC (ESPN), NBC (WVIT-TV), and CBS (WTIC AM) simultaneously. "Joe D" began his career on WLIS radio in Old Saybrook, Connecticut, where he worked as a DJ and hosted the popular oldies show "Twilight Time." He was also their sports announcer and started broadcasting for the Huskies while with WLIS.
For three seasons (2009 - 2011), D'Ambrosio was a member of the broadcast team of the New Britain Rock Cats, doing both color commentary and play-by-play alongside long-time Rock Cats Director of Broadcasting, Jeff Dooley.
He has been named Connecticut Sportscaster of the Year seven times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In 2003, Dick Vitale named D’Ambrosio to his "All-Cawood Ledford Team," Vitale's own "Sweet Sixteen" list of the best college play-by-play announcers.
He currently resides in Bloomfield, Connecticut.