NBA TV Talent: Spero Dedes
Posted Jun 10 2005 11:45PM
Host, NBA TV Insiders
Dedes continues a long line of sports broadcasting excellence produced by Fordham University's WFUV Radio that began with the legendary voice of the Dodgers' Vin Scully in the late 1940s. At the age of 26, he has already called games for 3 of the 4 major television networks, as well as the nation's premier radio network.
Dedes, who is currently the voice of the YES Network's collegiate sports coverage (football and basketball), also serves as YES' fill-in play-by-play announcer on Nets' telecasts behind Ian Eagle and as a studio host for the Yankees' and Nets' pre and postgame shows . In doing so, he became the fifth active Fordham alumnus presently calling the action for a New York area sports team. Mike Breen (Knicks), Bob Papa (Giants), Michael Kay (Yankees) and Chris Carrino (Nets) are the others.
Furthermore, Dedes has been a play-by-play voice on CBS' coverage of NCAA men's college basketball and Westwood One's coverage of NCAA football and basketball. Spero has also called NFL action on FOX, and this past August was in Athens as a reporter/play-by-play announcer on NBC's coverage of the 2004 Summer Olympics.
Dedes began his broadcasting career at WFAN Radio in New York, where he handled 20/20 updates and served as the Jets' beat reporter. Also in 2001, Dedes was the radio voice of the Arena Football League's New Jersey Gladiators, working alongside the FAN's NFL expert, Steve Cohen.
The Paramus, N.J., native and 2001 Fordham graduate was the inaugural recipient of the Marty Glickman Award, given to the Fordham announcer who best exemplifies the standards set by the late sports broadcasting icon.