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Penn State Hires Pair to be New Football PA Announcers

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Penn State football will have two new voices as its PA announcers at Beaver Stadium this fall.

Those voices belong to Joe Putnam and Rodney Martin, as first reported by Ben Jones of

Putnam is well known in State College, primarily for his role with the State College Spikes.

The Syracuse University graduate is the team’s Director of Communications and has also done PA and radio play-by-play for the club. Putnam is also no stranger to Penn State. He’s assisted with game day operations for the football program, is a radio commentator for Penn State’s women’s basketball team and has done PA for various athletic programs.

Martin is known mainly for his work with Penn State’s hockey team. He’s the voice of Pegula Ice Arena and has been the PA announcer for the  Spikes for the past two seasons.

Martin will be responsible for game announcements such as down and distance and scoring, reported. Putnam will take care of the media timeouts and halftime and pregame announcements, commercial reads and other duties not related to on-field action.

StateCollege.Com also wrote that the pair will work with Penn State marketing legend Guido D’Elia. D’Elia, best-known for being the man behind the White Out, is back at Penn State following time at Rutgers. He’ll be a game-day consultant.

Martin and Putnam will be replacing Dean DeVore, who’s time as Beaver Stadium’s voice ended in late April.

DeVore had been Penn State’s PA guy since 2000, meaning that he’s been the No. 1 Beaver Stadium voice at Penn State for this entire millennium. He succeeded another famous Penn State voice, Steve Jones, who became the team’s radio play-by-play announcer in 2000 and has held that job since.

Martin and Putnam’s first game will be Sept. 2 against West Virginia.

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