Football Play-by-play Announcer Ron Vaccaro '04 to Call Olympics for NBC

Aug. 8, 2008

BEIJING - Ron Vaccaro '04, the voice of Yale football on News/Talk 960 WELI-AM, will be part of NBC's broadcast coverage of the upcoming Olympics. Vaccaro, who has worked for the network since graduation and won an Emmy as an Associate Producer of NBC's Athens 2004 coverage, will call the modern pentathlon and race walking.

A native of Ansonia, Conn., Vaccaro made his television broadcasting debut with Yale's football game against Dartmouth on NESN last fall. In addition to his radio work calling Yale games on WELI every Saturday, he also works on NBC's "Football Night in America" as a research supervisor for the network's Sunday night NFL coverage.

Vaccaro broadcast Yale football and hockey games on Yale's student radio station, WYBC 1340-AM, while earning his B.A. with distinction in political science. He also served as a spotter for the WELI broadcast team of Dick Galiette and Hall of Fame Coach Carm Cozza. Vaccaro began the 2005 season as the sideline reporter on the WELI broadcast, then took on play-by-play duties after Galiette passed away midway through the season.

In addition to his play-by-play work for the Bulldogs, Vaccaro hosts a weekly Yale football show from Mory's and writes a weekly column for yalebulldogs.com. He also handles the athletics department's Netcasts, featuring video and audio interviews with Yale student-athletes and coaches from a variety of different sports.

Vaccaro is part of a Yale contingent in China that also includes six athletes -- junior sailor Thomas Barrows, rower Ashley Brzozowicz '04, fencer Sada Jacobson '06, rower Rachel Jeffers '07, sailor Stu McNay'05 and rower Josh West '98.

Vaccaro will cover race walking on three days (schedule subject to change; visit nbcolympics.com for updated information):

  • Saturday, Aug. 16, 2:00 a.m. Eastern time (11:00 p.m. Aug. 15 Pacific time): men's 20K on USA Network
  • Thursday, Aug. 21, 12:00 a.m. Eastern time (9:00 p.m. Aug. 20 Pacific time): women's 20K on CNBC
  • Friday, Aug. 22, 2:00 a.m. Eastern time (11:00 p.m. Aug. 21 Pacific time): men's 50K on USA Network

A pair of former Olympians -- Ed Eyestone, the BYU men's cross country coach, and Carol Lewis, younger sister of Carl Lewis -- will serve as race walking analysts with Vaccaro.

The modern pentathlon competition takes place on Aug. 21 and 22, with Vaccaro handling coverage on MSNBC on the 22nd (schedule subject to change; visit nbcolympics.com for updated information). The coverage will air during MSNBC's daily 12-hour show that runs from 5:00 a.m. Eastern time to 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Pacific time). Former Olympic pentathlete Rob Stull will serve as analyst with Vaccaro.

The Yale football season kicks off Sept. 20 against Georgetown at the Yale Bowl, Class of 1954 Field. WELI's broadcasts of all 10 games will be available live on-line at www.weli.com.

report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity

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