Penn State Football radio team signs on for three more years

Steve Jones, Jack Ham enter 14th season in the booth

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The radio team of Steve Jones and Jack Ham have signed on for at least three more years of calling Penn State Football on the Penn State Sports Network presented by Sands-Bethlehem.

Jones and Ham will begin their 14th consecutive season of calling Nittany Lion football when coach Bill O’Brien’s squad meets Syracuse on Aug. 31 at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. Loren Crispell returns as the sideline reporter for Penn State football broadcasts and Roger Corey returns as the pre-game show host on the Penn State Sports Network.

Jones has served as the play-by-play voice of Nittany Lion basketball since 1982 and Penn State football since 2000. He also co-hosts the "Penn State Football Show" and "Penn State Basketball Show" at 6:05 p.m. every Thursday from late August through mid-March. Jones co-hosts "Sports Talk" from 1-3 p.m. weekdays on a trio of stations in State College (1450 AM), Altoona (1430) and Huntingdon (1150), and from 3-5 p.m. on Sunbury’s WKOK (1070). He is a Penn State graduate.

Ham was a first-team All-America linebacker for the Nittany Lions and is considered the greatest outside linebacker in the history of National Football League. A second round draft choice by the Pittsburgh Steelers, Ham earned nine consecutive All-Pro selections during his 12-year career in playing an instrumental role in the Steelers’ four Super Bowl championships in the 1970s. Ham was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1988 and inducted into the National Football Foundation College Hall of Fame in 1990. He also serves as an analyst on NFL network radio broadcasts.

Penn State Sports Network football broadcasts begin 90 minutes before kickoff with the “Dietz & Watson Tailgate Show,” followed by the “Chesapeake Energy Kickoff Show” 30 minutes before the game. After all Nittany Lion football games, the “Pennsylvania Propane Gas Association Postgame Show” will conclude the network’s coverage. 

All Penn State football games can be heard on nearly 60 stations in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, New York and Ohio, as well as For a listing of Penn State Sports Network affiliates, visit

The Penn State Sports Network, presented by Sands-Bethlehem is syndicated by Penn State Sports Properties, a property of Learfield Sports.


Penn State Sports Network broadcasters Steve Jones, left, and Jack Ham, had some fun before their broadcast. Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

Last Updated August 20, 2013