The MAB has learned that Central Michigan University football and men’s basketball broadcaster Don Chiodo died Wednesday, December 4, from injuries he suffered in a traffic accident that same day. The 1990 graduate of CMU joined the football broadcasts in 1996 and eventually became the play-by-play voice in 2010. Chiodo had been calling men’s basketball games since 2011.
“I am truly devastated,” said Michael Alford, Zyzelewski Family associate vice president/director of athletics, in a press release. “Don was an important part of our athletics family and his passing is a great loss. Don was one of the fiercest advocates for all our programs and had a passion for telling the great stories of our student-athletes.”
“Words can’t describe the hurt I feel for his family and they are in our thoughts and prayers. Don will always be remembered as the voice of the Chippewas, a legacy that will go on forever,” Alford said.
Chiodo’s broadcasting career included stops at WMMI/WCZY (Mt.Pleasant); Michigan Talk Radio Network; WNEM-TV (Saginaw); WTCM (Traverse City); WPBN-TV (Traverse City) and WCEN (Mt. Pleasant).