PAWTUCKET â€“ The two-person radio booth for the Pawtucket Red Sox is officially set as newcomer Josh Maurer joins forces with Jeff Levering for the 2014 season.
The 33-year-old Maurer replaces Bob Socci, who left the PawSox last July to become the radio play-by-play broadcaster of the New England Patriots.
â€śIt is an immense honor and extremely humbling to be chosen as the newest broadcaster for the Pawtucket Red Sox and to work with such a talented play-by-play man as Jeff Levering,â€ť said Maurer in a statement provided by the PawSox. â€śThis is one of the finest minor league broadcasting jobs in the country and with that comes great responsibility and expectations. I look forward to contributing to the PawSox both on and off the air.â€ť
Maurer has spent the past two seasons as the radio broadcaster for the Trenton Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees in Trenton, NJ. He is also currently the radio voice for the football and menâ€™s basketball teams at the University of Massachusetts â€“ a position he has held since 2008.
Maurer is in the midst of his sixth season with the Minutemen basketball team after completing his sixth season with the football team last fall. He worked full time for UMass as their Assistant Athletic Director for Broadcasting from August 2008 until March of 2012 before he joined Trenton for the 2012 baseball season.
He has maintained his role as radio play-by-play man and sometimes television voice of UMass football and basketball during the baseball off-season and will continue to do so once the 2014 PawSox season ends in September.
Maurer broke into Minor League Baseball in 2005 as the radio play-by-play broadcaster of the Charleston RiverDogs, the Single-A affiliate of the Yankees in the South Atlantic League. He was with the RiverDogs for four seasons (2005-2008) and during the baseball off-season he also did radio work for the Charleston Southern University football and menâ€™s basketball teams (2006-2008).
Josh received his degree in Broadcast Journalism with a Minor in Sports Marketing from the University of Maryland in 2003. A native of Lower Merion, Pa. (just outside of Philadelphia), he has spent the past six falls and winters living in Amherst while calling UMass games.
He has production experience working for ESPN (Washington, D.C. branch) as a Production Assistant for â€śPardon the Interruptionâ€ť from 2001-2003 and as a Production Assistant on the Philadelphia Phillies Television Network in 2004. Maurer has been honored by the AP each of the past four years for â€śBest College Sports Play-by-Playâ€ť in the Massachusetts/Rhode Island region.
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