With the Tribe preparing to kick off the 2013 season this weekend at Big 12 opponent West Virginia University, the Tribe Athletics/William & Mary Bookstore Radio Network is excited to announce its new broadcast team.
Leading the play-by-play call will be veteran broadcaster Jay Colley, who will be entering his 32nd season behind the microphone. He will lead a pair of “fresh” voices in the booth. Matt Ridjaneck ’05 moves into the lead color commentator role after spending the previous three seasons bringing his perspective from the sidelines. Additionally, Wes Kempton will enter his first season on the network, with primary responsibilities that include pregame, halftime and postgame packages.
Ridjaneck assumes the role held by Bob Sheeran '67, who spent 28 years in the football broadcast booth before retiring following the 2012 season. Sheeran passed away in February.
Colley, who is also the radio voice for the Tribe hoops squad, is a mass communications graduate of Middle Tennessee State University. In 2002, Colley was granted honorary alumnus status by William & Mary. He has been the “Voice of Tribe” through three decades with the William & Mary athletics program.
Ridjaneck was an offensive lineman for the Tribe from the 2001 through 2005 seasons. He was a member of two conference championship squads (2001 and 2004) and started his work on the radio broadcast during the 2010 season. Ridjaneck graduated with an economics degree in 2006 and currently is the global sales manager for the Smithfield Foods International group.
Kempton is a 2011 graduate of the University of Wyoming, where he earned a communication degree. He has been working in radio since 2009, holding positions at various stations around Laramie, Wyoming. More recently, he has been the voice of various Tribe Olympic Sports programs, including the Tribe baseball team.
William & Mary is in its seventh year of a partnership with local flagship stations 92.3 FM “The Tide” and 107.9 FM “WBACH.” The partnership provides the university with coverage on the Peninsula, as the stations’ combined footprint reaches from the eastern areas of Richmond to the western parts of Norfolk.
W&M fans outside of the network’s coverage area don’t have to miss a single play this fall. All games will once again be simulcast online, free of charge, through W&M’s website.