Arriving in time for the 2006-07 academic year, Ryan Rose serves as the Assistant Director of Media Relations for Charlotte. He handles media relations responsibilities for baseball, golf and volleyball. As part of those duties, he handles Web site information, feature stories and gameday reporting responsibilities for those sports. In 2009, his feature "Coaching Tennis a Family Affair for the Boykins" was among five finalists in the ITA/USTWA Writing Competition. Rose's other responsibilities include specializing with the athletics Web site, charlotte49ers.com, hosting various team preview shows at the broadcast communications studios and calling road baseball contests on the Niner Network.
In 2013, Rose was named the lead play-by-play announcer for WCCB's coverage of the inaugural season of Charlotte 49ers football, as well as selected 49ers basketball contests, his 21st year in broadcasting.
With a dream of being a game show host since he was four, Rose interned at Vision Cable (later Time Warner Cable) in Kannapolis, N.C. as a senior in high school at nearby Northwest Cabarrus before getting the bug to be a broadcaster. He got his start as an undergrad, calling women's basketball and baseball at WONC-FM in Naperville, Ill. as a college freshman at North Central College in the 1992-93 school year. Rose returned home to become the sports director at WEGO-AM in Concord, N.C. at age 19, the play-by-play voice of Concord High basketball games and other events for two seasons.
He expanded his reach into baseball as the official scorer for Minor League Baseball's Piedmont Phillies in 1994 and 1995. That team became the Piedmont Boll Weevils in 1995 (and is now called the Kannapolis Intimidators).
In 1996, Rose was again paired up with Time Warner Cable, joining the Charlotte office as the lead sports broadcaster on the public access channel from 1996-2000, announcing high school and college football and basketball and events like the Maccabi Games, BMX races, Carolina Cobras arena football, the U.S. Diving Olympic Trials and the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. While working events for TWC, he returned to college in 1997 at Wingate University and became the lead broadcaster on WRML-FM in Pageland, S.C. for Wingate Bulldogs football, basketball and baseball. In three years at Wingate, he served as the play-by-play broadcaster for more than 200 collegiate sporting events.
He also served as a student assistant in the sports information office under SID legend David Sherwood and wrote for the school newspaper, The Weekly Triangle, earning a national award for his work on a feature story by the Association of Christian College Media. As an undergrad, he also caught the acting bug, earning an Irene Ryan nomination in theater, and after playing roles ranging from Superman to Shakespeare, including 10 characters in a single play, "Greater Tuna," he won Best Male Actor award at Wingate in 1999 and 2000. He acted with the Union County Players and the Stanly County Playhouse during his time with the WU Theater.
Rose realized that dream of hosting a game show, and scratched it off the bucket list. It happened, as fate would have it, in Charlotte. As a senior at Wingate, he was selected as host of the opening two rounds of buzzer play for High-Q, the state-wide high school quiz bowl competition, which was hosted by UNC Charlotte and the Honors department under Dr. Al Maisto. Having been a captain of the Northwest Cabarrus team that advanced to the buzzer rounds in 1992, he knew the rules and had extensive television hosting experience, a pairing that meshed well with the competition.
Upon receiving his B.S. in Communications with a Broadcast Journalism emphasis at Wingate in 2000, Rose took a job with StageWorks theater, traveling around the Southeast performing shows for six months while continuing to call high school football games on local cable.
In 2001, Rose returned to Minor League Baseball, taking a broadcast and media relations position with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes of the California League. After a season out West, Rose came back to the Southeast, and took over the Sports Information Director position at Newberry (S.C.) College of the South Atlantic Conference in the Division II ranks in October of 2001. He continued to broadcast high school football on Time Warner Cable in Charlotte and Rockingham, N.C. on Friday nights while serving the 14 sports at Newberry. While at Newberry, he stayed in broadcasting locally, calling Newberry College baseball on WKDK-AM and pulling a weeknight and Sunday shift as a DJ at the radio station.
In 2004, Rose went back to television as a broadcaster and producer for Time Warner One, a regional sports and entertainment startup channel in the greater Charlotte area. The channel existed for two years before closing its doors in May of 2006.
Rose was hired as an announcer by ESPN in August of 2006, and he has served as a football play-by-play broadcaster on ESPN3 since that time, calling ACC football, Big East Basketball and FCS Playoff contests, though he has been sent as far away as Montana and Boston for FCS playoff games.
He joined the Charlotte 49ers a few weeks after signing an ESPN contract.
Having grown up in the broadcasting business, Rose takes freelance camera and production work on various channels, including as a scorebug operator and font coordinator. He started as the main scorebug operator for Fox SportsSouth on Charlotte Bobcats games in 2010, a position he continues to hold for the entity.
Rose is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA).
In his spare time, Rose travels the country, tweeting about the local food and beverage wherever he visits. He tinkers as an amateur home brewer as a hobby. Rose is single and lives in Concord.
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