Zachary Wilson is a play-by-play sports broadcaster on Long Island, currently broadcasting for schools such as the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Adelphi University, and Queens College. He is a 2018 graduate of Stony Brook University and was born and raised in Commack, NY. Zach began his sportscasting career with WUSB Stony Brook in 2018, where he started off as an audio engineer and color commentator and eventually moved his way up to play-by-play.
Zach started broadcasting Stony Brook Men’s and Women’s Basketball games as a color commentator in November 2018. In February 2019, Zach broadcasted his first solo game as a play-by-play sports broadcaster when the Stony Brook Women’s Basketball team defeated the UAlbany Great Danes at the University of Albany 68-52, giving the Seawolves their first win over UAlbany in 4 years. During the season, Zach color commentated the Men’s Basketball games while assisting Josh Carey, grandson of legendary Chicago Cubs broadcaster Harry Carey, and the Women’s Basketball games with Stony Brook alumni Jim Ferchland.
Zach started helping Jim Ferchland and Ken Fermin broadcast their first-ever collegiate football games during the 2019 College Football season for the Stony Brook Seawolves, with 3 of their 10 total football broadcasts coming on the road in Rhode Island, Villanova, and Delaware, where two of the three games resulted in victories for the Seawolves with a 31-27 win at Rhode Island, where he broadcasted his only play-by-play football game of the season, and a 36-35 upset victory at Villanova.
While broadcasting for Stony Brook, Zach helped Jim Ferchland and Ken Fermin broadcast a segment on the radio called “The Sports Section,” Long Island’s longest-running radio sports show, airing from 10pm till midnight every Sunday. Zach and his co-hosts often interviewed student-athletes and coaches from Stony Brook during the first hour while talking about Stony Brook Sports, then discussed pro sports during the second hour.
Zach often traveled with Jim and Ken to broadcast road games for certain Stony Brook Sports teams, such as for the Women’s Lacrosse team in College Park, MD for the 2019 NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament, where they defeated 2018 National Champion James Madison Dukes in overtime 10-9, in Hartford, CT for the 2019 America East Women’s Basketball Tournament Semifinal, and in upstate New York at the Carrier Dome for the 2020 season opener for the then-No. 10 Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse team where they upset then-No. 4 Syracuse Orange 17-16 for the first time in program history.
In September 2019, Zach interned for SportsNet New York in New York City. He was responsible for screening and logging interviews, press conferences, and games from teams such as the New York Giants, Jets, Islanders, Rangers, New Jersey Devils, Brooklyn Nets, and certain collegiate basketball games for the UConn Huskies, both men and women’s. He worked there for three months.
After the 2020-21 Stony Brook Athletics season and his graduation from Stony Brook grad school, Zach left WUSB Stony Brook and accepted a new broadcasting job in Newark with the Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders in September 2021 and broadcasted for them until the season ended in April 2022.
During the Summer of 2022, Zach took a big step forward in his broadcasting career, by being a broadcast intern for the Winnipesaukee Muskrats of the NECBL in their final season. As an intern, he broadcasted all 44 games for the Muskrats, both at home and on the road throughout the New England region and connected with the players and coaches on the team. He also used the opportunity to connect with other broadcasters like him who were the seeking the same goal in life he was.
Afterward, Zach stayed closer to home by broadcasting for the Adelphi Panthers, Queens College Knights, and USMMA Mariners on Long Island, broadcasting for a variety of their sports, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, baseball, lacrosse, and softball.
He currently hosts a podcast called “The Reel Zach Wilson,” where he talks about news in sports such as football, baseball, basketball, and hockey, whether they are in college or in pro. The link to his podcast can be found on the Home page.
Zach graduated from Stony Brook University as an undergrad in Fall 2019 with a bachelor’s in Multidisciplinary Studies and graduated in Spring 2021 with a master’s in Liberal Arts.
Over the past decade, Zach has developed a huge passion for Sports. As he continued to watch sports on TV, he started to develop a huge interest in broadcasting games and calling what happens in them. He has continued to work towards building it into a career and hopes to achieve that dream someday.