The University of Massachusetts and Boston College both announced new play-by-play announcers for their men’s basketball radio broadcasts. Jay Burnham is now the radio voice for UMass, taking over for Josh Maurer who moved on to Boston College.
Maurer joined UMass in 2008, calling Minutemen basketball for 10 years before recently leaving to join BC’s broadcast. Maurer also called UMass football games during his tenure, a role he will continue through the end of the season.
Maurer’s UMass basketball successor, Jay Burnham is a Massachusetts native previously serving as a radio and TV announcer for VCU, Virginia Tech and the Richmond Flying Squirrels, a minor league baseball affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
“I’m in a daze that this opportunity will wrap what has been an extensive broadcasting journey back home. I grew up watching the Minutemen and I can’t wait to dig into a full season of A-10 basketball, especially with this squad full of talented players & coaches. It’s a blessing,” wrote Burnham on Twitter.
In addition to calling Minutemen basketball games, Burnham will also host the UMass insider Show, a weekly one-hour radio program that airs Mondays at 7pm.
“We are excited about having Jay join us as our lead broadcaster for men’s basketball,” said John Sinnett, Assistant Athletics Director for Communications.
“Jay is a terrific person who knows UMass, knows the Atlantic 10, and knows the New England sport landscape. We think our fans will truly enjoy his insight during broadcasts and what he brings to our overall production of radio, television and digital services. We all sincerely appreciate the dedication Josh Maurer gave the University in his time here, recognize the sizeable contributions he made in elevating our media assets, and are excited for him as he starts a new professional chapter in his life.”
Boston College basketball is heard on WEEI 850, with WEEI 105.5 in Springfield serving as the flagship for UMass basketball.