ORLANDO, Fla. (CureBowl.com) – As the 150th year of college football begins its postseason, a historic moment will occur on Dec. 21 at the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl presented by the Orlando Sports Foundation when the first NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) national radio broadcast featuring an all-female crew takes over the airwaves from Exploria Stadium.
Play-by-play voice Jamie Seh (Orlando, Fla.), color analyst Dani Welniak (Kansas City, Mo.) and sideline reporter Melanie Newman (Atlanta, Ga.) make up the all-female crew on a national radio network. Kickoff between the Georgia Southern Eagles from the Sun Belt Conference and the Liberty Flames is set for 2:30 p.m. and broadcast nationally on Sirius XM Radio and the TuneIn Radio app.
“The FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl has been working to take this concept to completion and team up with BowlDayRadio to bring together Jamie, Dani and Melanie for this historic broadcast,” said Cure Bowl Executive Director Alan Gooch. “Jamie has been an ambassador for our game since its inception and was recognized as a Cure Bowl Community Service Soldier in 2017. Melanie provides a great perspective and has first-hand experience covering the Liberty Flames this year, while Dani’s experience speaks for itself as a sideline analyst for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network and a former captain of a professional football team.”
“We are honored to partner with the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl for this historic moment,” says Brian Estridge, principle in the BowlDayRadio joint venture with RedVoice Productions and Pikewood Sports. “The team of Jamie, Dani and Melanie are three terrific broadcasters, who will bring an entertaining and insightful broadcast to fans. Their passion for college football is unmatched!”
Radio stations throughout the country will also air the national network game. The local Orlando market can hear the game on Real Radio 104.1.
The FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl is the first postseason college football game to incorporate its cause of raising awareness for cancer research into its name. The platform of the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl has been used to raise over $3.7 million for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). The mission of the bowl’s founding organization, the Orlando Sports Foundation, is bringing teams together to find a cure for cancer.
Two members of the all-female radio crew have direct ties to the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl. Seh is the sports director for the local CBS affiliate, WKMG, and served as the radio play-by-play voice of the Orlando Apollos from the former Alliance of American Football. Newman spent the fall as a sideline reporter for the Liberty Flames six home games on ESPN+ and was part of the first all-female radio broadcast for a professional baseball game.
The third member of the broadcast crew is Dani Welniak, who is the sports director for CBS affiliate KCTV in Kansas City, Mo. Welniak’s experience includes four seasons as the sideline analyst/reporter for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network.
Jamie Seh, Play-by-Play Announcer
- Broadcast Experience: 23 years
- Alma Mater: Syracuse University
- Current Position: Sports Director at WKMG (CBS) in Orlando, Fla.
- Notes: former play-by-play radio voice for the Orlando Apollos of Alliance of American Football, former radio voice for Syracuse Women’s Basketball and Men’s Lacrosse, play-by-play announcer for a variety of collegiate sports on television.
“Just want to congratulate Georgia Southern and Liberty on their terrific, historical seasons. I’m thankful for this opportunity to join this outstanding and accomplished radio crew with Dani and Melanie and set a path for future female broadcasters. The Cure Bowl is about bringing people together to raise awareness for cancer research, which means so much more than the final score. Let’s kick this off!”
Dani Welniak, Color Analyst
- Broadcast Experience: 10 years
- Alma Mater: Oklahoma State University
- Current Position: Sports Director at KCTV (CBS) in Kansas City, Mo.
- Notes: four seasons as the sideline analyst and reporter for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, played women’s professional football as a wide receiver and running back for five seasons with the Dallas Diamonds where she was a captain, three-time Pro Bowler, 2008 Super Bowl champion and hosted the weekly coaches show.
“It’s an exciting matchup and I’m thrilled to be calling it with such a unique and talented team. It’s an honor to be a part of something so much bigger than myself. This bowl is a blessing to so many people with the proceeds going to breast cancer research. It impacts a cause close to many of our hearts.”
Melanie Newman, Sideline Reporter
- Broadcast Experience: Seven years
- Alma Mater: Troy University
- Current Position: Broadcaster for Liberty Flames Sports Network on ESPN+
- Notes: member of the first all-female radio team for a professional baseball game (Salem Red Sox vs. Potomac Nationals, 4/23/19) and served as the play-by-play voice for the Salem Red Sox, ESPN+ sideline reporter for all six home games for the Liberty Flames in 2019, reporter for the ACC Network, World Axe Throwing and American Cornhole Championships on ESPN
“Being a part of this team just feels like the way to end 2019. After establishing the first all-female booth in baseball, it’s such an unreal feeling to see it happen in football. Honestly, it’s hard to believe it hasn’t happened before, but I’m thrilled to be a part of it. Hopefully next year, serendipitous moments like this will be commonplace.”
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About the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl
The FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl presented by the Orlando Sports Foundation is more than a game. It is a platform to raise awareness for cancer research and recognize those that are fighting cancer or have survived cancer.
Funds raised from the FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl directly benefit the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF). Since 2015, the bowl has raised a collective $3.7 million dollars to benefit breast cancer research.
The FBC Mortgage Cure Bowl, pitting Georgia Southern University from the Sun Belt Conference and Liberty University, is set for Saturday, Dec. 21 at Exploria Stadium in Orlando, Fla. Kickoff for the first American football game at Exploria Stadium is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.
About the Orlando Sports Foundation
The Orlando Sports Foundation (OSF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization dedicated to raising funds and awareness for breast cancer research. The OSF holds several events throughout the year, including the Cure Bowl, which is an NCAA college football bowl game played each December.
With the combined support of central Floridians, loyal sports fans and strategic partners, the OSF is further dedicated and committed to serving the challenges of cancer awareness and elimination, invigorating the Central Florida athletic community and supporting youth organizations with standards of benevolence, integrity and moral excellence.