Jorge Andres: Former Radford Student Discusses His Career as a Sportscaster

3 min read Jorge Andres, a former student at Radford University, talks about his early childhood, passion for sports, and career in broadcast journalism.

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Photo Credit: (Jorge Andres) Award-winning entertainment anchor and sports commentator.

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By: Wesley Wallace | wwallace5@radford.edu

Jorge Andres, an award-winning entertainment anchor and sports commentator, spoke with The Tartan about his broadcast journalism career.

Andres attended Radford University from 2002-2004. While a student, Andres was a member of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity on campus.

After leaving Radford, Andres acquired his B.A. in Communication and Mass Media Journalism in 2007 at George Mason University – which allowed him to work at various radio stations like Triple X ESPN Radio, WHAG-TV, NBC 25, Red Zebra Broadcasting, and other stations across Virginia. 

Andres said, “My family didn’t always make it a big deal that we were immigrants. My brothers and I never saw each other as different people; we were lucky enough to be treated well in Springfield, VA, and in Northern Virginia.”

By gaining experience in radio commentary, Andres became an on-air personality for major television networks such as ESPN, CBS, NBC Telemundo, and the American Sports Network.

The Tartan interviewed Andres about his passion for sports, the lessons he has learned while being an anchor, and his future hopes.

The Interview

[The Tartan spoke with Jorge Andres on Wednesday, Aug. 26 from 2-3 pm via Zoom video Conferencing]

When Andres was five years old, his family immigrated to the United States from Peru. Despite his country of birth, he considers Virginia to be his home.

Andres said, “My family didn’t always make it a big deal that we were immigrants. My brothers and I never saw each other as different people; we were lucky enough to be treated well in Springfield, VA, and in Northern Virginia.”

“It was important to my family and myself to keep our Peruvian heritage alive, despite the fact that we were assimilating to American life and culture.” Andres said, “In terms of Northern Virginia and the DMV (D.C., Maryland, and Virginia), I love it; I grew up there and had many fond memories of Springfield, VA.”

After his career of playing collegiate football, he decided to stay close to sports without being in them.

Andres said, “My father has always been a great writer; he’s had different jobs in several industries. One of the jobs that he did very well at was radio production. He’s also a great speaker, so I took after him in that sense.”

“Throughout high school, I also played football. After being at Radford for two years, I had an opportunity to transfer to George Mason University and play football,” Andres said.

“After a season and a half, my body started telling me that football wasn’t for me. I decided to pick a career that allowed me to still be around sports without putting my body through a rigorous regime,” Andres said. “Sports journalism combined my passion for football and my passion for writing and speaking.”

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Photo Credit: (Andrew McElroy) Jorge Andres recounts on his time as a football player.

In 2013, while working for ESPN, Andres faced some controversy surrounding a joke that he made about former NBA player Jeremy Lin. While scoring a winning basket, Andres claimed that Jeremy was “Cooking with hot peanut oil.”

Many people viewed the joke as racially insensitive. He has worked since that day to correct his mistake. 

Andres said, “If everyone had a time machine, could you go back in time and do some things differently? Of course. If you make a mistake like I did, it was never intended to be that way and it was completely taken out of context.”

“There are going to be people that you’re gonna please; then there’s people who are just going to nit-pick your every move.”

“Although I was trying to make a pop culture reference to a tv-show [Duck Dynasty], next time I’ll think twice before trying to be extra witty or something like that.”

“There are going to be people that you’re gonna please; then there’s people who are just going to nit-pick your every move.”

Andres has big ideas for his next moves in 2021. He stated, “I’m currently working on a couple projects with the NFL, not just in South Florida but across the nation with a couple of different networks.”

“I’m also in the process of writing a book about immigration reform in the United States,” Andres said. “Immigration reform is something that my wife and I are very passionate about, and we hope it will open up a lot of people’s eyes about what’s going on in our country.”

Make sure to watch the full video of our interview with Andres above. You can also follow Andres on Twitter @IBThatRaspOnTV and Instagram @ib_that_rasp_on_tv.