May 18, 2005
ATLANTA–Former National Football League great Jeff Van Note and former Georgia Tech standout Rick Strom will join the Yellow Jackets’ football broadcast team this fall, accompanying play-by-play voice Wes Durham on the Georgia Tech-ISP Radio Network.
Durham, a three-time selection as the Sportscaster of the Year in the state of Georgia, is entering his 11th season at the microphone for the Yellow Jackets. He will be joined in the booth by Van Note as the long-time All-Pro center provides color analysis.
Van Note’s NFL career covered 18 seasons, nearly 250 games over three decades, all with the Atlanta Falcons. After serving in a substitute role last season on the Tech broadcasts, Van Note has agreed to help out again this fall. He will continue to have a presence on the pre-game and post-game shows of the Atlanta Falcons this season as well, marking his 15th year of association with the Falcons’ radio coverage. Additionally, he has provided analysis for the University of Kentucky and the Tennessee Titans in his broadcast career, along with coverage of the SEC Championship game.
Strom, the former Rambling Wreck quarterback, will join the broadcast with reports from the Tech sideline.
Strom played for the Jackets from 1983-87, starting 16 games at quarterback over the 1986-87 seasons. Following graduation from Tech, the Pittsburgh, Pa., native enjoyed a seven-year career in the NFL, playing for his hometown Steelers as well as the Buffalo Bills and Detroit Lions. Strom currently works for Manulife Financial in Atlanta.
“We’re delighted to welcome Jeff Van Note and Rick Strom to the Yellow Jacket broadcast team,” said Durham, who also serves as Tech’s Director of Broadcasting. “To be able to have analysis and insight from two individuals who combined, have more than 30 years of experience in college and professional football will give Tech fans a very informative and enjoyable broadcast.
“We’re also very happy to be able to add a sideline reporter for the first time, and I know Tech fans will enjoy the unique perspective that Rick will provide from the sideline.”