Scott Casber, a familiar voice at major amateur wrestling events as well as on his Takedown Wrestling radio and TV programs, is the 2014 winner of the Ed Aliverti Golden Microphone Award, USA Wrestling’s website, TheMat.com, reported Saturday.
The annual award is presented to honor a public address announcer who has excelled in the craft and made a major positive impact on the wrestling community. It is named in honor of the late Ed Aliverti, the legendary public address announcer whose voice was a staple at major mat events, including the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships, for decades. Aliverti was welcomed as a Distinguished Member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in 1994.
Casber has been active as a public address announcer for USA Wrestling events and other wrestling competitions for almost two decades. In addition, Casber is also one of the leading broadcast journalists within the wrestling community.
Among the USA Wrestling events that have featured Casber as a member of the public address announcing team are the U.S. Olympic Team Trials, the U.S. World Team Trials, the World Cup, the U.S. Open, Beat the Streets Gala, United 4 Wrestling dual and other USA Wrestling international dual meets. Casber has demonstrated his versatility by serving in a number of roles, including lead announcer, co-announcer, introduction announcer and matside interviewer.
In addition to announcing freestyle and Greco-Roman events, Casber has also played a prominent role in announcing for the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships. In 2014, he conducted athlete interviews matside at the NCAAs. He has served as the voice of the NCAA Fan Festival, announcing a variety of public activities during the weekend. For many years, he has moderated the NCAA Fan Festival Semifinal Preview Show, joined by legendary wrestlers Wade Schalles, Nate Carr and others.
Casber has voiced events at some of the most storied venues. He has been an announcer at the Grapple at the Garden in Madison Square Garden the last two years. In addition, he has announced high school events on the state and regional levels.
Beyond public address announcing, Casber is also a noted broadcaster. He is the founder and moderator of the iconic Takedown Wrestling radio show, that, for 17 years, has featured top wrestlers, coaches and others involved in the oldest and greatest sport. The program, broadcast on KNXO radio in Des Moines, is also available online to reach listeners around the world.
Casber also created the Takedown Wrestling weekly television show about wrestling which has appeared on numerous television networks, cable outlets and on the internet for almost six years. In addition to serving as Takedown Wrestling’s studio host, his company produces USA Wrestling Weekly, USA Wrestling’s weekly official TV show which has been telecast for nearly four years.
“The one thing I truly love is wrestling. There is nothing I wouldn’t do for wrestling, to help in its growth and promotion. Wrestling in the sport for me,” said Casber. “I do this because I want to make a difference. We can sell wrestling, raise it to a higher profile and help the kids who come through wrestling to a brighter future.”
While wrestling is a passion of Casber, he has also announced a number of other sports, including mixed martial arts, auto racing, Arena Football, and professional baseball and basketball associations.
“Announcing is like being on a roller coaster. You grab them. As long as you have them, you can take them on that emotional rollercoaster,” Casber told USA Wrestling’s Gary Abbott. “It is a wonderful feeling when you have that open microphone. It is all about how you do it. If you can excite one more fan, or impact one more wrestler, it is worth it. It is the dream. I am living it every day. I am grateful we have a community of fans that support wrestling and I want to see more of that.”