Beth Mowins will become the first woman to call the play-by-play on a regular NFL TV crew.
Mowins and her broadcast partner, former NFL kicker Jay Feely, debut Sept. 24 when the Browns are at the Colts.
WXHC Owner John Eves remembers hiring Beth as the first news director at WXHC. “Beth did her first game, she was our first news director here, in 1991,” said Eves. “She was an intern with Mike Tirico and me up at channel 5 in Syracuse. She was the first employee that Bruce and I hired, and I remember the first game, Cortland State, “Chugger” Davis Field.”
In an interview with Newschannel 9 in Syracuse, Beth recalled her start in broadcasting.
“A great shout out to John and Bruce Eves and Jeff Kulikowski, my first partner, calling football games – high school on the radio,” said Mowins. “From those humble beginnings, who woulda thunk it?”
Mowins calls her first regular season game tonight on Monday Night Football’s matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and Denver Broncos for ESPN. Tonight, her partner will be former Bills and Jets coach Rex Ryan.
“I think people are really going to enjoy his commentary,” said Mowins. “He obviously has some great stories to tell and he usually doesn’t hold back, so I think it’s going to be a very entertaining broadcast.”
She doesn’t dwell a lot on symbolism. “I’ve always thought of myself as a play-by-play announcer, first and foremost, so, I’m much more focused on the role of the job at hand as opposed to any conversations about history or trailblazing.”
“Well, I knew she was good,” said Eves. “I didn’t know she’s get this far. Congratulations to Beth Mowins. I’ll tell you one thing about Beth Mowins, she hasn’t changed one bit since she’s gained all this fame as an NFL announcer, an ESPN announcer.”
“She’s still the same person. She visits and stays in touch with us at WXHC.” John Eves, WXHC