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Baseball Notebook: Double-duty for this announcer

By JOHN HABIB
New Hampshire Union Leader

July 21. 2016 11:05PM
Trenton radio announcer Adam Giardino, left, pictured with Fisher Cats announcer Bob Lipman, will return for his second year at the mike for Dartmouth football. 



MANCHESTER -- The voice of the Trenton Thunder also happens to be the voice of Dartmouth football.

“It’s a small world,” said Adam Giardino, seated in his broadcast booth before Thursday’s game between New Hampshire and the Thunder at Northeast Delta Dental Stadium.

The 27-year-old Giardino, now in his fourth year with Trenton, took over last year for Dick Lutsk as the broadcaster for Big Green football. Lutsk held that post for four seasons (2010-14) right after Bob Lipman, currently the voice of the Fisher Cats and the University of New Hampshire football, stepped down in 2010 after calling Dartmouth games for a decade.

“I’m excited for Adam, who does a great job calling games for Trenton and Dartmouth,” said Lipman, a six-time New Hampshire Sportscaster of the Year. “He’s not shy about asking questions, listens to what people have to say and just wants to learn everything. You just want to see someone like Adam succeed in this business and I’d say he’s off a great start in his career.”

Giardino has built an impressive resume since graduating from the University of Connecticut in 2011. He actually called football games for the Huskies for the school’s student radio station. In 2010 he started a two-year run as an intern with the Pawtucket Red Sox in media relations and broadcasting.

After that he became the No. 2 broadcaster for the Lakewood (N.J.) Blueclaws, a Single-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

In 2013 he hooked up with Josh Maurer in the Trenton broadcast booth and when Maurer left his post after that season, Giardino slid into the No. 1 seat.

Maurer actually opened another door for Giardino that eventually landed him the Dartmouth job in Hanover.

“Josh has been the voice for UMass football and basketball and in 2013, I helped out with football stuff at UMass doing sideline reporting,” said Giardino. “I did that for two years until I heard the Dartmouth job was opening up. I sent them my play-by-play tapes I saved from UConn and UMass and in a matter of weeks, I got a call saying the job was mine.”

As it turned out, Giardino’s first year with the Big Green resulted into a share of the Ivy League title with Harvard and Penn. Dartmouth finished 9-1 last year.

“I know Bob and Dick are upset and bitter with me that Dartmouth won the title when I called the games,” said Giardino with a laugh. “In my first six weeks, I called more wins with Dartmouth last year than Bob had over a four-year stretch.. Now that hurts Bob.”

Giardino and Lutsk actually worked together last season, calling 36 Holy Cross basketball games. “Bob and Dick are first-class broadcasters and great individuals,” said Giardino, who said his first year in the Ivy League was a pleasant, eye-opening experience.

“The atmosphere is great and the thing that surprised me was the pageantry Ivy League has, especially the tailgate culture that draws alumni from all parts of the country. Ivy league fans are just as passionate about their school as any major program in the nation.”

Giardino gave a sneak preview of the upcoming season for Dartmouth. “It’s going to be a totalyl new defense since the program graduated 10 of 11 starters. They will miss Dalyn Williams, who was certainly the best quarterback in Dartmouth history and, arguably, one of the best in Ivy League history. To lose him will be a challenge.”

Still, Giardino said the future is bright with Bruce Dixon IV, a 6-foot-4, 230-pound signal caller, entering his sophomore season. “Last year he played in some blowout wins and he’s a tough big body to bring down. He’ll go through some growing pains, but his upside looks pretty good in the years ahead.”

Dartmouth opens its season hosting state rival UNH on Sept. 17 and Giardino already has a dilemma. “If Trenton (right now a playoff team) reaches the finals, the fifth and deciding game for the Eastern League championship will be the day UNH and Dartmouth play,” said Giardino. “I’ll probably have to pass that game up to do UNH-Dartmouth.”

Said Lipman: “In 2011 I had the same scenario that Adam could be facing. That season the Fisher Cats were in Reading playing in the third game of the championship series the same day UNH was playing Lehigh in Bethlehem Pa. I called the football game, which started at 1 o’clock, and ended up going into overtime. After it was over, I drove to Reading and got to the stadium 45 minutes before that game started to call the action.”

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NOTES: Ryan McBroom, a first baseman, was transferred to New Hampshire from Advanced-A Dunedin Thursday. McBroom has produced the best power numbers of his three-year career with 14 home runs and 54 RBIs in 93 games. McBroom was drafted in the 15th round of the 2014 draft out of West Virginia University. He’s ranked No. 27 on MLB.com’s list of Blue Jays’ top prospects ...  Jason Leblebijian entered Thursday’s game looking to extend his consecutive on-base streak to 25 games ... Today at 7:05 p.m. in a battle of left-handers, Shane Dawson (5-4, 3.69) takes the hill against Trenton’s Dan Camerena (7-2, 2.40).

jhabib@unionleader.com


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