Jon Doss is the new radio play-by-play voice for Cal State Bakersfield men's basketball, the school announced earlier this week.
Doss is known in the community as the weekend sports anchor for KBAK, Channel 29 in Bakersfield. He will now also provide play-by-play action of every CSUB men's basketball game, home and away, this season.
"I could not be more excited for the opportunity to work with coach (Rod) Barnes, his staff, team, and the CSUB community as a whole," Doss said in a university press release. "The Runners have proven themselves (as) one of the up-and-coming programs in the country, and I consider myself quite lucky for the chance to tell the next chapter of their story."
A native of Modesto, Calif., Doss started his broadcasting career as the flagship voice for California women's basketball in 2007. His tenure there included Cal's run to the school's first-ever appearance in the women's NCAA Sweet 16. He also called games for Golden Bears' football, baseball, and men's basketball, including the Cal men's last Pac-10 championship season in 2010.
Following his time in Berkeley, Doss traveled east, where he earned his master's degree in broadcast and digital journalism from Syracuse. For the four years that followed, he transitioned to television, reporting and anchoring at 13WHAM, the ABC-affiliate in Rochester, N.Y., where he covered – among other things – Syracuse men's basketball, including their run to the 2012 Final Four in Atlanta.
After five years in New York, Doss returned home to the Central Valley, as he joined KBAK, Channel 29 in Bakersfield. Since he joined the team at KBAK almost two years ago, Doss has been with the Runners every step of the way during two of the most successful seasons in school history. He stood on the sidelines at most home games and even traveled with the team to Oklahoma City during CSUB's first-ever NCAA tournament appearance and every stop along the road to the NIT Final Four last year.
"Jon is incredibly talented, has an understanding of Bakersfield and our athletics department, and he has one of the best voices that I have heard during my career in collegiate athletics," said CSUB Athletic Director Ziggy Siegfried. "I believe he is a terrific fit for our organization, and I can't wait for our fanbase to get the opportunity to listen to him."