John Tuite started making play-by-play calls to University of Connecticut basketball games as a kid in Storrs. He recorded the UConn band performing the national anthem on his new tape recorder — “to make it more realistic” — and then started calling mock games while tossing a basketball into a stroller.
Today, Tuite has spent decades recreating that childhood fantasy as the play-by-play announcer for the UConn men’s soccer team on the university’s radio station, WHUS, since 1982. He is also the public address announcer for all UConn men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, ice hockey and softball games. Tuite has covered thousands of UConn games in both PA and play-by-play capacity and was the PA announcer for the WNBA’s Connecticut Sun for a decade.