Barrington man is voice of Brown football

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John Anderson’s fall weekends are a dream come true for football fans.

On Friday nights, the longtime Barrington resident works as one of the announcers for the Barrington High School football team’s cable broadcasts. Then, on Saturday afternoons he travels with the Brown University football team to provide color analysis for the radio broadcast on 790 AM. And on Sunday, if the Patriots are playing in Foxboro, he and his family have season tickets at Gillette Stadium.

“I’m really excited about it,” Mr. Anderson said about his work as a Brown football announcer, a position for which he was recently hired. “This is a dream come true.”

Mr. Anderson has always loved football. He grew up playing the game, but had his career cut short when he was injured while at Colby College in Maine. Unable to play, Mr. Anderson began working as a student announcer at Colby and quickly realized his passion for broadcasting games.

He graduated from Colby in 1985 and went to work at his family’s business, Anderson Motors in East Providence, and eventually had the opportunity to return to the broadcast booth.

“I got involved about five years ago doing the high school games,” he said. “I did some hockey and basketball, some boys and girls hockey, and girls basketball too.”

Mr. Anderson announces the football games with Anthony DeSisto and Anthony Arico, and said he loves the Friday night games. But a few months back he learned that the then-color analyst for Brown football, Mike Wall, was leaving the booth.

“It just happened. I follow Brown football,” Mr. Anderson said, adding that his son, John Anderson, Jr., played for the Bears for four years. “I was talking to Mike Wall at a dinner last May and he said he wasn’t going to return. So I contacted Chris Humm (Brown’s sports information director).”

Mr. Anderson sent some tapes of the high school broadcasts to Mr. Humm and before long, Brown had announced their next “color man” to work with play-by-play caller Scott Cordischi.

The announcement was warmly received by John’s brother, longtime Barrington High School assistant football coach and former Brown football player Jim Anderson.

“He’s got a real passion for it,” Jim said, of his brother’s announcing. “He does a really nice job and I know he really loves it.”

Mr. Anderson, who works as vice president of Anderson Motors, said he plans to continue announcing the high school games for as long as the team will have him do so.

“To love the sport of football, and to be around it … yeah, it’s great,” he said.

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