Joe is in his fourth year of play-by-play and studio work for ESPN Radio Williamsport, and is serving as one of the play-by-play voices for high school football coverage in 2009. A native of Bellefonte, PA, Putnam graduated from Syracuse University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism from the Newhouse School of Public Communications. While at Syracuse, Joe worked at WAER-FM, hosting pre-game and post-game shows for the station’s coverage of Orange football, men’s basketball, and men’s lacrosse games. Joe also hosted the weekly magazine show “Sportsnight” on WAER, which won the Syracuse Press Club award for Best Sports Radio Show in the market in 2005.
After graduation, Joe worked for the Auburn Doubledays as assistant director of broadcasting and media relations, and was on the mic when the Doubledays won the 2007 New York-Penn League title. Joe then served as a broadcaster for the State College Spikes alongside Steve Jones in 2008 and 2009. He also served as Media Relations Assistant in 2008 before becoming the Spikes’ Media Relations Manager in 2009. Joe has twice appeared on the ESPN sports trivia game show “Stump the Schwab.”