Brandon Gaudin.
Brandon Gaudin

Brandon Gaudin is an American sportscaster who broadcasts play-by-play of college football, basketball and baseball for Fox Sports 1 and Big Ten Network.[1] He is also the voice of Madden NFL for EA Sports.[2] Additionally, he calls the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament and select NFL games on Westwood One.[3] He was previously the voice of Georgia Tech football and men's basketball,[4] as well as Butler men's basketball. He has also called various NCAA championships for Turner Sports and select ACC baseball and basketball games on ESPN3.

Early lifeEdit

Gaudin was born and raised in Evansville, Indiana. He was a huge Atlanta Braves fan and wrote a letter to Skip Caray asking how to get into sports broadcasting. Caray responded and encouraged him to practice, critique, and practice some more. Gaudin kept those words in his heart, and in high school convinced a local radio station to allow him to broadcast some of his school's baseball games.[5]

After graduation from Harrison High School,[6] Gaudin enrolled at Butler University where he would graduate with a communications degree with an emphasis in broadcasting. He also majored in Political Science and received a minor in Business. He was named a "Top 10 Male Student" at Butler and given the distinction of the "Most Outstanding Communications Student" in his class.[7]

CareerEdit

Gaudin's first post-college job was broadcasting Minor League baseball for the Orem Owlz, an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels.[8]

After one season with Orem, Gaudin took an on-air hiatus to assist in the formation of a New York City start-up with two former bosses at ESPN, where he interned during college. Gaudin, along with Erik Sorenson, the former President of MSNBC, and former Larry King Live Producer Robert Grossman founded MediaOne Management in 2007.[7] The boutique firm specializes in the representation of cable news talking heads.[9]

Gaudin left New York in the fall of 2008 for the opportunity to get back on air in his hometown of Evansville, Indiana as the Voice of the Evansville Purple Aces. He also served as a freelance on-air talent for the local ABC affiliate.[7]

From there, Gaudin returned to Butler, serving three years as the Voice of the Butler Bulldogs. He was hired on the heels of Butler's 2010 run to the National Championship game where they fell to Duke; however, he was on the mic the following season when Butler returned to the Final Four in 2011. During his time at Butler, the Indianapolis Star called Gaudin "a rising star in the industry".[10] While in Indianapolis, he also began freelance play-by-play work for Turner Sports via their partnership with the NCAA, broadcasting various collegiate championships.[7]

In 2013. Gaudin was hired to be the voice of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. His predecessor, Wes Durham, had moved on to call SEC and ACC games for FSN. Gaudin won the job from a long list of over 150 nationwide candidates. Gaudin's hiring was featured in the New York Times where a Vice President for rights-holder IMG noted "Gaudin's vocal stylings jumped off the page." Gaudin would call his first game for the Yellow Jackets on August 31, 2013.[11] During his time at Tech, Gaudin was hired by Westwood One as a play-by-play broadcaster for their men's basketball NCAA Tournament and college football coverage.[12]

In June 2016, it was announced that Gaudin would replace Jim Nantz as the Play-by-Play Voice of the Madden NFL video game for EA Sports.[13] In releasing the news, EA Producer Christian McLeod said "What really attracted us to Brandon was he just sounds like sports." Previous announcers for the game besides Nantz have included Pat Summerall, Al Michaels, John Madden, Cris Collinsworth, Tom Hammond, Gus Johnson and Phil Simms.[14]

Also in June 2016, Gaudin was signed by the Big Ten Network to broadcast football, basketball and baseball in addition to expanding his role in college and the NFL as a play-by-play voice for Westwood One.

Several of Gaudin's calls have been featured on ESPN's SportsCenter Play of the Day as well as the Dan Patrick Show. One of the springboards to Gaudin's career came during his junior year in college when he won a nationwide Play-by-Play competition sponsored by CBS during the 2005 NCAA Tournament. For winning the award, Gaudin was flown to the Final Four and interviewed at halftime on CBS by Greg Gumbel.[7][15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "GAUDIN EXPLAINS 'DREAM SCENARIO' THAT LURED HIM FROM TECH".
  2. ^ "Brandon Gaudin and Charles Davis to call Madden NFL 17 games".
  3. ^ "Westwood One NCAA Tournament Announcers".
  4. ^ "Tech voice Brandon Gaudin moving on for new job".
  5. ^ "Tech announcer Brandon Gaudin has Atlanta ties".
  6. ^ http://www.courierpress.com/news/local/evansville-native-brandon-gaudin-will-be-voice-of-madden-nfl-17-video-game-34c589af-7599-0371-e053-0-382235071.html
  7. ^ a b c d e "Brandon Gaudin Biography".
  8. ^ "Not describing baseball this time, Brandon Gaudin returns to Utah County as Tech voice".
  9. ^ "MediaOne Management Website".
  10. ^ ""Voice of the Bulldogs" Brandon Gaudin talks Final Four and Butler Basketball".
  11. ^ "Live, From Atlanta, an Unusual Hire".
  12. ^ "Westwood One Sports".
  13. ^ "Indy Star: Gaudin Voice of Madden 17".
  14. ^ "Courier Press: Evansville Native Voice of Madden".
  15. ^ "Brandon Gaudin Accomplishments".