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Jun 14, 2024

Welcome to The Main Thing Podcast! Each episode we bring you a concise, high impact wisdom lesson from one of the wisest people I know. Studying their wisdom and learning together, we all get just a little bit better at this thing called life.


Voice of the Mountaineers: Tony Caridi on Sports Broadcasting, Love, and Life Lessons

What does it take to be the enduring voice of a sports team and earn the loyalty of its fans? Join us in a riveting wisdom conversation with Tony Caridi, the iconic voice of the West Virginia University Mountaineers, as he shares the secrets behind his captivating career in sports broadcasting.


We explore Tony's journey from New York to Morgantown, his efforts to win the hearts of West Virginians, and the profound wisdom he's gained from broadcasting legends like Jack Fleming. Tony's reflections on building a genuine connection with his audience and the nuances of live reporting bring invaluable insights to anyone interested in the world of sports journalism.


Tony Caridi also opens up about the technical prowess and emotional resilience required to excel in sports broadcasting. Listen as he recounts the memorable highs and lows of covering significant football games, from the Sugar Bowl to the Fiesta Bowl, and the meticulous preparation that goes into creating unforgettable game-day experiences. Tony emphasizes the importance of honoring the institution and maintaining high standards, sharing the lessons he learned from Jack Fleming that have shaped his career and storytelling craft.


Beyond the world of sports, this episode delves into deeper life lessons, exploring Tony's perspective on love, resilience, and faith. This conversation is a treasure trove of authenticity, audience engagement, and timeless wisdom from one of sports journalism's most respected voices.


More About Our Wise Guest - Tony Caridi


Tony Caridi is the voice of the West Virginia University Mountaineers and a professional sports broadcaster whose career encompasses play-by-play commentary on radio and television.


Tony is a graduate of the prestigious Syracuse University Newhouse School of Public Communications. He is a 2022 inductee of the Syracuse University WAER Broadcasting Hall of Fame and a multiple winner of the West Virginia Sportscaster of the Year honor. Tony is also a published author, and he’s the co-host of the popular podcast “3 Guys Before the Game.”


Tony and wife Joan reside in Morgantown, West Virginia, where he joins us today.


So lace ‘em up and get ready. Over the next several minutes you will discover why Tony Caridi is one of the wisest people I know.



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Episode Chapters

0:03:39 - Thoughts on podcasting and "3 Guys Before the Game"

0:07:09 - Growing up in Lockport, NY; Tony’s early years; family values

0:13:03 - Tony’s love of sports; his calling toward broadcasting

0:15:34 - Broadcasting career and the move to West Virginia

0:19:10 - Following a legend; working beside and learning from Jack Fleming

0:29:48 - Handling the ups and downs of WVU sports teams

0:35:48 - The power of love in life

0:40:50 - Guidance from Jesus for life’s rules