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USF’s homecoming game will be narrated by a historic voice Saturday night.
Jessica Duemig, a breast-cancer survivor and veteran of Bulls football game-day stadium production, will serve as public-address announcer when the Bulls host No. 20 Houston at Raymond James Stadium. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.
“The University of South Florida is proud to support and provide great opportunities for women to excel in athletics and across our campus,” athletic director Michael Kelly said in a university news release.
“We are very excited to have Jessica behind the public-address microphone at Saturday’s game, and I think USF fans and alumni will not only enjoy the game-day experience but be proud to be part of a groundbreaking event.”
Duemig (no relation to former bay area sports-talk radio icon Steve Duemig) will become only the second female known to serve as a stadium P.A. announcer at a Division I-A football game, according to USF. Kate Scott of the Pac-12 Network has performed the duties at that league’s championship game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.
On Saturday, Duemig fills in for John Magrino, who will be in China preparing for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games set for Feb. 4-20.
“I’m so thankful that USF is taking a progressive standpoint on women in athletics, which allowed this honor to take place,” said Duemig, a 2007 graduate of the USF Zimmerman Advertising Program. “As an alum, I bleed green and gold, so to have this opportunity is one of the coolest experiences of my life.”
Duemig, 37, is the head of client success for Campus Legends (a marketplace for collegiate digital collectibles) and is the author of the book,,“Warrior,” detailing her battle with breast cancer after being diagnosed at age 32.
A former member of USF’s marching band, she called USF softball games at the turn of the millennium and has worked the in-venue stadium show on USF football game days for the last three seasons.
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