CMU Remembers Veteran Broadcaster Don Chiodo at MAC Title Game
DETROIT – As Central Michigan took to the field for Saturday’s Mid-American Conference football championship game at Ford Field in Detroit, it did so in memory of one of their own.
Longtime CMU football and men’s basketball radio play-by-play announcer Don Chiodo tragically passed away in a car crash Wednesday. Chiodo, 54, was a 10-year veteran of the Chippewa Sports Network and 1990 CMU graduate. Prior to taking over the football and men’s basketball announcing duties, Chiodo served as the pregame and halftime show host from 1996-99 and in 2009.
“He’s someone that I’ve cared for the last decade and someone that I’ve always turned to for advice, someone that could always lighten the mood, like in a big heightened moment like this game will be,” Chippewa Sports Network sideline reporter and host Adam Jaksa said.
“It was a devastating loss, not only for the program, but for the university, our community,” CMU athletic director Michael Alford said. “Don was a special guy who told the stories of our student-athletes and got to know them first hand and it’s going to be a tough day, but we’ll get through it.”
“To not have him here physically it’s going to be tough,” added Jaksa. “We’ve got him here in the booth, we’ve got some pictures up and we’re going to tell some stories. We know he’s going to be right there with us. He wanted to badly call this game and to see Central Michigan, his alma mater, play for a championship and they’re doing that today.”
Although CMU fell to Miami (Ohio), 26-21, the Chippewas gave it their all for Chiodo.
“Even though we didn’t get the dub, we were out there playing for him,” CMU wide receiver Kalil Pimpleton said. “Regardless of the win or the loss, we know he was proud of us.”