In between games of today’s NYU Violets doubleheader against the Centenary Cyclones, Mark Fratto, who was serving as the PA Announcer, confirmed that he will be back behind the microphone this summer for his 6th full season as MCU Park’s Public Address Announcer.
Mark Fratto took over midway through the 2010 season when “Announcer Guy” Dave Freeman stepped down to take a job as an Official Scorer for Major League Baseball. Fratto had previously served as backup announcer to Freeman. Fratto now ranks as the Cyclones longest serving Public Address Announcer.
Fratto is known for his golden voice and professional approach to his job.
Fratto is a very familiar voice in the NYC sports world. In addition to calling Cyclones games, he was the PA Announcer for the Brooklyn Bolts of the FXFL & calls some college games at MCU Park as well. In 2014, the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League, New York City Football Club of Major League Soccer & Sky Blue FC of the Women’s Professional Soccer League all hired Fratto to serve as PA Announcer.
He is also a backup announcer at Madison Square Garden for the New York Knicks, the New York Liberty of the WNBA as well as the St. John’s Red Storm, where he served for 10 years as Senior Associate Director of Athletic Communications.
Fratto also served as an announcer for the New Haven Ravens, (AA – Colorado Rockies) in 1998.
Fratto is also moving his way up in the boxing world, as he made his Ring Announcing debut at Brooklyn Brawl, which took place at MCU Park last summer on August 25th. He has been the Ring Announcer for a number of fights at MSG.
Mark also runs Linacre Media, which is a 360-Degree Production Services and Public Relations/Social/Digital Media consulting company. Some of the productions have included the CUNY Athletic Conference Basketball Championship, which aired on ESPN3.