Gottschalk gone from UVA booth
Two months after former "Voice of the Cavaliers" Mac McDonald resigned from the Virginia Sports Network, another resignation has been tendered. Adam Gottschalk, 24, joins the ranks of those no longer calling University of Virginia sports events.
"I resigned June 26," after he learned his role doing play-by-play for UVA games would be greatly reduced, says Gottschalk. He was the Virginia Sports Network coordinator at Charlottesville Radio Group, home of WINA and 3WV, where he had worked since 2001, when he started as a 16-year-old intern.
Gottschalk, Charlottesville homegrown and a former UVA student, created and co-hosts the hit public-access talk show the Midnight Barbecue, episodes of which are available on demand on YouTube, and which feature everyone who's anyone in local music. Gottschalk doesn't think his occasionally bawdy 'Cue activities were a factor in his getting the word that he was out of UVA sportscasting.
Viacom, parent company of CBS, which owns broadcast rights to all UVA athletics, spawned an organization called Virginia Sports Properties, explains its general manager, Jim Kuznar. Virginia Sports Network is the name of the radio network that broadcasts UVA games and is controlled by Virginia Sports Properties, which just hired the new "Voice of the Cavs," Dave Koehn. The Charlottesville Radio Group partners with that group to broadcast UVA sports.
Any coincidence that Gottschalk's departure so closely follows McDonald's?
"I can't answer that," says Kuznar. "He wasn't an employee of ours. He worked for Charlottesville Radio Group."
The Hook was unable to reach Charlottesville Radio Group general manager Renee Quesenberry and operations manager Rick Daniels at the time of this post.
Nor does Kuznar acknowledge any sort of cleaning house of broadcasters of UVA sports. "I wouldn't say there's a lot of turnover in play-by-play," he says. "The first in 13 years was when Mac McDonald decided to announce his resignation."
When he gets the Hook's call, Gottschalk is reading a book on the balcony of his rent-free apartment, thanks to a Midnight Barbecue sponsorship. "I've been working full time in radio since I was 16," he says. "I'm going to take the next six months to a year off."
He reels off a list of upcoming plans: start a new season of the Midnight Barbecue, write a book, do some political campaign consulting, and call high school games on a freelance basis for WINA. Playing music is also on his to-do list.
Despite his "diminished" role as a sports broadcaster for his alma mater, Gottschalk vows to continue to wear the orange and blue.
"Unless something completely blows me way, I don't think my next job will be in sports," he says. But should the right something appear, "I'm still young, and I have a great resumÃ©."
Update: The original version of this post erroneously said Gottschalk was a UVA graduate, but he still needs a few more credits.