TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Seminoles.com) – The Florida State Women’s Basketball program in partnership with Seminole IMG Sports has announced Ariya Massoudi as the newest radio play-by-play announcer for the upcoming 2017-18 season.
Massoudi enters his first year as the primary person calling game-by-game action for the Seminoles, which have reached the NCAA Elite Eight in two of the past three seasons. He will join Director of Operations Melissa Bruner, who begins her 12th year with the program and her 11th assisting in color analysis duties.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Ariya to our Seminole family,” FSU head coach Sue Semrau said. “He will be an important part of connecting our fan base to our team. We greatly value his role as our play-by-play guy on the radio and know how vital it is for our fans who want pre-game, in-game and post-game coverage.”
For Massoudi, who has received both his Bachelors of Arts in Digital Media Production and Sports Management, he gets a chance to work with a program that he is quite familiar with.
“It’s an honor to work with Sue Semrau and the power-house program she has built,” Massoudi added. “I remember going to many games as a young child with my Dad and to see how far FSU has come since then is exciting. I’m looking forward to the opportunity of showcasing my abilities as a broadcaster.”
Massoudi handled fill-in duties last season, calling FSU’s 93-47 win at UAB on Dec. 10, 2016 as well as a 102-60 win over Wake Forest on Feb. 9, 2017. He is no stranger to the game day setup that is involved from many angles, having worked for Seminole Productions as a play-by-play announcer, color analyst, side-line reporter, game day host and on the production team.
Like many aspiring students who look to gain experience in sports and media production, Massoudi has taken advantage of what Florida State Athletics has to offer. His play-by-play experience on the ACC Network Extra includes calling Florida State football, men’s and women’s basketball, tennis, baseball and other sports. He has called over 100 games on the ACC Network Extra, which is produced by Seminole Productions, over the last three years.
Massoudi, who is from Tallahassee and attended Lincoln High School, has also worked as a studio host and halftime analyst for the ACC Network Extra. He gained valuable experience as a student working on video features about Florida State Athletics that were aired as part of the weekly Seminole Sports Magazine show on Saturday mornings on Sun Sports.
He has also worked as an ESPNU Campus Connection Correspondent and has written for FSU-dedicated publications FSView, Seminoles.com and Tomahawk Nation.
Florida State Women’s Basketball continues to air every game locally on its flagship station WQTL – 106.1 FM. Every radio broadcast can also be heard for free on the Seminole Gameday App.
Massoudi’s debut will come in FSU’s season opener on Friday, Nov. 10, vs. UNF at the Donald L. Tucker Center.