The Sports Virus

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The SportsVirus is Joe Castellano, who spent the past five years hosting a Major League Baseball show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. He has 12 seasons and over 1,500 games of experience broadcasting professional baseball in the minor leagues including seven years in the AAA International League (Rochester Red Wings, then AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles and Syracuse Chiefs (then AAA affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays). Castellano’s credits also include calling softball play-by-play for NBC Sports on the 2008 Summer Olympics, baseball play-by-play at the College World Series on the Westwood One Radio Network from 2003-2006 and 2009, as well as college baseball, softball and field hockey for College Sports Television, the World Baseball Classic and Futures Game for XM Satellite Radio (2006-2008), sideline reporting for CBS Sports on the NFL (2004), ESPN on the AAA All Star Game (1998, 2000 & 2001) and play-by-play of the Junior League World Series on ESPN (2001 & 2002). In 2004 he filled in as a play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays. He also called Arena Football for the San Jose Sabercats from 2005-2007. And, during the past 12 years he has covered the NFL as a statistician for CBS Sports, most recently working with Greg Gumbel.

Castellano’s first baseball play-by-play assignment for Westwood One came in 2000 at the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia. He had the call of the first ever Gold Medal victory for Team USA over Cuba. He also broadcast baseball and softball at the 2004 Athens Games. Previously, he served as the speedskating announcer at the 1998 Nagano Winter Games for Westwood One. In addition, the network has hired him to broadcast NCAA basketball.

Castellano was the Voice of the Siena Saints men’s basketball team from 1998-2002, and during his stint in Albany, N.Y. he broadcast two NCAA tournament games and was recognized by the Albany Times Union as the top radio personality.

Other notable honors include being named the Rochester (NY) Sportscaster of the Year in 2000 and ha
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