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UCLA hires Mets, Chargers announcer to call its games

LOS ANGELES (AP) UCLA has hired Josh Lewin as the school’s play-by-play announcer for football and men’s basketball to replace Bill Roth, who has departed after a year behind the mic.

Lewin is in his fifth season handling radio play-by-play duties for the New York Mets and will be starting his 12th season as the voice of the San Diego Chargers this fall. He takes over for Roth, who quit last month to return to the East Coast, where he spent 27 years in a similar role for Virginia Tech’s football and men’s basketball teams.

Athletic director Dan Guerrero announced Lewin’s hiring on Thursday.

Lewin has also called NHL games and college football and basketball during his career.

Last November, Lewin called the Chargers’ 29-26 loss to the Ravens in Baltimore, then chartered a private plane at his expense to get to New York in time for Game 5 of the World Series between the Mets and Kansas City Royals.

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