Charlotte FC today announced Will Palaszczuk and Jessica Charman as the English-language radio announcers for all CLTFC matches on the Club’s flagship station WFNZ.
Palaszczuk will handle play-by-play duties while Charman will provide color commentary. Charman is believed to be the first full-time female radio color commentator in MLS history.
“We’re thrilled to have Will and Jessica become the inaugural broadcast talent for Charlotte FC radio on our flagship station,” said Nick Kelly, CEO of Tepper Sports and Entertainment. “Will has proven to be an excellent addition to the soccer community here in Charlotte while Jessica brings a wealth of knowledge and exciting energy to her broadcasts. We couldn’t be happier with our first groundbreaking radio team and are excited for fans tune into WFNZ all season long.”
“We are very excited to partner with the next premiere MLS club, Charlotte FC. With Will and Jessica broadcasting the games, we will bring the best coverage to our Charlotte community, said Terry Foxx, Brand Manager for WFNZ.
Palaszczuk joins the Charlotte FC radio booth after contributing to coverage of Atlanta United for 92.9 The Game. He is in his second year with Charlotte FC’s flagship station, Sports Radio WFNZ, where he works as a field reporter and host in addition to his soccer duties. Palaszczuk’s on-air credits include stints at South Carolina Radio Network, Yahoo! Sports/SB Nation Radio, and ESPN Radio in Columbia, MO.
He has served on the play-by-play broadcasts of Missouri Tigers Women’s Basketball & Softball along with seasons spent with the Kinston Indians and Savannah Sand Gnats in Minor League Baseball.
“I’ve been impressed with Charlotte FC’s build from afar and now up close. Everyone throughout the organization has exhibited the epitome of class. I’m honored they found me worthy to carry the responsibility of telling their amazing story to the fans of the Carolinas,” said Palaszczuk. “I’m also thrilled to work with an analyst of Jessica’s caliber. Her background as a player and broadcaster will provide a distinct perspective which I’m sure all listeners will enjoy. I thank the management of WFNZ for recognizing, developing and bringing this partnership into reality.”
Jessica Charman began as the Voice of Clayton State’s soccer team in 2014 and continued until her graduation from the university.
Charman, from Harefield, England, was the goalkeeper for Clayton State and was the university’s first-ever recipient of the Peach Belt Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
She was also a 2018 nominee for NCAA Woman of the Year. Since then, Charman has broadcast collegiate soccer across all 3 NCAA divisions, the NAIA, and professional soccer for Atlanta United 2 and the UPSL Championships.
Most recently in 2021, she was the voice of Mercer Soccer during their run in the So-Con Championship, voiced the CAC Women’s Championship and the Peach Belt Conference Finals.
“It’s truly an honor to have been selected as one of the inaugural voices of Charlotte FC’s radio broadcast. I am excited for the opportunity to help bring CLTFC’s incredible product on the pitch to fans at home,” said Charman. “I am hopeful listeners will love my passion for the sport from both a player and fan perspective. For as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of an opportunity like this and couldn’t have wished for a better Club to have earned it with.”
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