Joe Castellano currently serves as a play-by-play announcer for Comcast after spending five years (2005-2010) hosting a Major League Baseball show on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio. Recently, he started his own website: www.thesportsvirus.com and San Francisco Giants podcast: Inside China Basin. He works with Michael Duca on episodes of that show for Spreecast.
Castellano is a veteran of 12 seasons and over 1,500 games broadcasting professional baseball in the minor leagues including seven years in the AAA International League. He spent six seasons as the Voice of the Rochester Red Wings, then AAA affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles. In 2004, he filled in as a play-by-play announcer for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Castellano’s play-by play credits also include: softball play-by-play for NBC Sports on the 2008 Summer Olympics, baseball play-by-play and reporting at the College World Series on the Westwood One Radio Network (2003-2006, 2009 and 2011), college baseball and water polo for NCAA.com (2011), college baseball, softball and field hockey for College Sports Television (2003, 2005-2007), the World Baseball Classic and Futures Game for XM Satellite Radio (2006-2008), the Junior League World Series on ESPN (2001 & 2002) and Arena Football for the San Jose Sabercats (2005-2007). His sideline reporting assignments include the NFL for CBS Sports (2004) and the AAA All-Star Game for ESPN (1998, 2000 & 2001). During the past 14 years he has covered the NFL as a statistician for CBS Sports.
Castellano’s first baseball play-by-play assignment for Westwood One came in 2000 Summer Olympic Games 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 Summer Olympic Games in Athens Greece. Previously, he served as the speed skating announcer at the 1998 Winter Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan for Westwood One. In addition, the network has hired him to call NCAA basketball and work the sidelines as a NFL reporter. He is scheduled to broadcast Swimming and Track and Field for Westwood One at the 2012 London Games.
Castellano was the Voice of the Siena Saints men’s basketball team from 1998-2002. 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 having his play-by-play call of the game-winning home run from the first game in Rockies franchise history (Bend, OR, 1992) placed in the archives at the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Additional NCAA credits include television play-by play for Fox Sports on the Swimming and Diving, Gymnastics, Wrestling and Track and Field Big 12 Championships in 2003.
Castellano, 49, lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.