Joel Godett has a massive microphone to fill, so to speak, in becoming the new Voice of Ball State athletics, but he and the Cardinal leadership believe that the Syracuse graduate is up to the challenge.
Godett was named to replace retired announcing veteran Morry Mannies on Thursday. Mannies has served as the Ball State athletic announcer since he was a student in 1956.
The 2009 graduate of the Syracuse S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications has been named the assistant director of broadcast and multimedia services at Ball State.
“We are extremely excited to add Joel to our staff,” Ball State athletics director Bill Scholl said in a release. “He is a perfect fit for our situation."
Godett replaces Mannies, who retired after the 2011-12 academic year and after serving as the Voice of the Cardinals for 56 years.
In his role, Godett will serve as the play-by-play announcer for Ball State football and men's basketball, while also serving as the television host for Cardinal Endzone and the Billy Taylor Show.
In addition, Godett will help coordinate all other radio broadcasts for Ball State athletics. Godett will also serve as a part of the media relations staff and will increase the audio and video presence of Ball State athletics on ballstatesports.com.
"It is an amazing feeling to be joining the Ball State community,” Godett said. “It is never easy following in the footsteps of somebody who has been doing this for 56 years, but I look forward to the opportunity. Over the next several weeks and months I am excited to meet the Cardinals fan base and dive right into football season.”
Since February, Godett has served as the director of media relations and radio broadcaster for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans Baseball Club, an Advanced Class A affiliate of the Major League Baseball Texas Rangers. He served as the play-by-play announcer for all 140 games of the Carolina League season plus handled media relations duties for the team and produced monthly web television programing.
"He will embrace the role of Voice of the Cardinals, while at the same time assist our media relations staff in increasing audio and video features to ballstatesports.com," Scholl said. "While there will never be a replacement for Morry Mannies, we are transitioning to a new announcer and Joel will be excellent in that role. He will work closely with Jeff Weller on the radio broadcasts, and Jeff will have a key and significant role in our broadcast services as we move forward.”
During the 2011-12 collegiate basketball season, Godett served as the play-by-play announcer for Fairleigh Dickinson's NCAA Division I men's basketball, women's basketball and women's volleyball teams. He also generated original video content for the school's website.
Godett spent the 2010 baseball season as the coordinator of communications and radio broadcaster for the Bradenton Marauders Baseball Club, an Advanced Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
In 2009-10, he was the creative and multimedia coordinator for the University of South Florida's BullsVision. He has also served as a radio broadcast assistant for the Buffalo Bisons Baseball Club, a triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, the Salem Avalanche Baseball Club and the Orleans Cardinals Baseball Club.
As a student at Syracuse, Godett served as the play-by-play announcer for football, men's basketball and men's lacrosse on the student station plus provided webcasts for suathletics.com.