Boxing blow by blow man Bob Papa to be roasted, honored to benefit Fordham U

New York, June 27--Talented boxing blow by blow man and WFAN Radio's (660 AM) Giants play by play voice Bob Papa will “swim with the fishes,” at least for one night, when Sopranos star Joe Gannascoli (Vito Spatafore) is the mob boss of roasters at Ram Roast II to benefit Fordham University athletics on Thursday night, June 29, at Tavern on the Green.

Papa will receive the Ram Tough Award from his alma mater for sitting in the hot seat, while Gannascoli will be joined on the dias firing way at Papa by football coaching legend Dan Reeves, former Giants stars Carl Banks (WFAN/Sirius Radio) and Howard Cross (YES Network), YES Network’s Yankees voice Michael Kay, WB/11’s Sal Marchiano, Sirius Radio's Steve Cohen, boxing promoter Dino Duva, and Jack Curry of the New York Times. Kay, Curry and Marchiano are also Fordham alum. WFAN midday host Joe Benigno will serve as Roast Master General, the Master of Ceremonies.

Papa, a product of Fordham's WFUV Radio and a 1986 graduate, is also a broadcaster for NBC Sports on Olympics and AFL, as well as Sirius Radio host and Westwood One play by play broadcaster. Papa was the long time blow by blow man for ESPN2's Friday Night Fights, as well as NBC's Olympic boxing.

Celebrity guests also include former Giant Super Bowl champ Karl Nelson, actor Joe Lisi, boxing Hall of Famer Lou Duva, WABC televison sportscaster Marvel Scott, WABC radio sportscaster Warner Wolf, and Papa's fellow Fordham grads Nets play by play voice Chris Carrino, Lakers radio voice Spero Dedes, and WFAN Knicks analyst John Andariese

In addition, the WB/11’s longtime newsman Marvin Scott will receive the Best of the Bronx Award as one of the borough’s favorite sons for his contributions to the industry and his hometown. For tickets and information call 212-972-5337.

Article posted on 28.06.2006

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