Gain of seven yards and good for another Huskies …” says the voice on the loudspeaker. Several thousand fans complete the line “first down!” to nearly drown out the announcer. If you’ve attended a Huskies home football game in the last eight years you’ve heard the voice of public address (PA) announcer Josh Klingerman.
“It was always about creating a true home field advantage for the Huskies, which is why I wanted to do it,” said Klingerman. “Once I got settled in and the school allowed music to be part of the atmosphere, I turned up my enthusiasm a few notches.”
But all good things must come to an end. Klingerman called his last game on Oct. 22, 2016 and stepped away to spend more time with his family. He and his wife Jackie (Zinn) ’03, a former EEE sorority sister, have three children. “Our three kids (JD, 6; Gavin, 4; and Sadie, 11 months) need their dad around on weekends,” said Klingerman. “The reality is that my oldest will soon start playing football on the same day as Huskies games. I didn’t want to miss out on seeing him play.”
A football player for the Huskies from 2000-03, Klingerman would often hear former Redman Stadium announcer Mike Dubbs tell fans who made the tackle or scored a touchdown and think that would be a great job to have someday. “The irony is my interest in being a PA announcer started with Mike Dubbs at Bloomsburg High School basketball games,” says Klingerman. “The fans loved his calls, the players loved it, and it definitely created a home court advantage.”
In 2008 the Huskies PA announcer job became vacant and Klingerman’s dream of getting behind the mic became a reality. His booming delivery of tackles and touchdowns charged the atmosphere at Redman.
“Bloomsburg’s offense has been so prolific over the years that we would sometimes have 20 some first downs a game. It had to be both annoying and demoralizing for the opposing team to hear me say, ‘Good for another Huskies first down!’,” says Klingerman of his trademark phrase.
“My favorite part of doing the games, besides being there for all the wins, was the view from the press box. What a beautiful sight in the fall on a Saturday in Bloomsburg.”
Hosting NCAA playoff games were tough for Klingerman. NCAA policy states PA announcers should be neutral at games. That was something the former back-up quarterback struggled with at home playoff games. “I always had to bite my tongue during playoffs,” says Klingerman. “Being neutral on something, especially Huskies football, is not in my nature. I never understood why the NCAA takes away the home field advantage by muting the PA announcer’s energy level. I enjoyed pushing the envelope. Fortunately, we won a lot.”
Next year fans will hear a new, yet-to-be-determined voice behind the mic, but the memory of Klingerman’s calls will not be forgotten. “I cherish the memories and friends I have made from both playing and announcing. I bleed maroon and gold – Huskies for life.” •