‘Voice of Miami sports’ hanging up his mic – Washington Times
MIAMI, Okla. (AP) – The man behind the microphone that Miami sports fans love to hear, Jeremy Radebaugh, is retiring from public address announcing after 20 years.
Radebaugh is known around the community for his voice which echoes across the stands at football and basketball games, The Miami News-Record (http://bit.ly/1LJ1jZ1 ) reported.
He modeled himself after the man he said is the industry standard, former Miamian Larry Reece — the voice of the OSU Cowboys.
After 20 years of telling who is coming into a game or who scored a touchdown at sporting events, Radebaugh said it is time to retire. He has informed Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; College and Miami High School that this is his last year of announcing football and basketball.
As long as he is in Miami, Radebaugh said he will continue to volunteer around the community as an announcer for certain events.
“I will do a game here and there, if they need it, but it’s something I can’t commit to anymore,” he said.
His son, Tyler, is a senior at MHS, and his daughter, Maci, lives in Broken Arrow. Radebaugh said he would like to spend more time with his family and wants to dedicate his time to them.
“I’ve done it for so long, and my daughter is married and near Tulsa,” Radebaugh said. “My son is a senior. I just feel like I can’t commit the time anymore on a regular basis.”
This fall, Radebaugh said he will coach his son’s soccer team.
“There are a lot of things coming up in my life that I need to spend time doing that I haven’t been able to,” he said.
Radebaugh has always loved sports and grew up playing soccer and baseball. He attended NEO for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State, where he graduated in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.
Then, he attended Pittsburg State University, where he received a master’s degree in mathematics and secondary education.
With his degree in math, he now teaches at Northeast Technology Center at the Afton and Kansas campuses.
“I started teaching math there as of Aug. 1,” Radebaugh said. “Before that, I taught AP Calculus at Oklahoma School of Science and Math (OSSM) for 14 years. Now, I teach whatever math they need taught at NTC. I spent five years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; College prior to all of that.
“That’s where I got my start, at NEO. My first year, they didn’t have anybody doing the master of ceremonies. Randy Gibson, who was the head women’s basketball coach at the time, came up to me and asked if this is something I’d like to try.