Andrew Goetz (left) and J.B. Mathers (right) call a San Francisco 49ers game for the Hot Mic app. (Contributed)
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For 17 years he was the voice of Humboldt State University football.

Now the North Coast — and nation — can once again listen to JB Mathers call games.

Mathers, along with HSU’s former Sports Information Director, Andrew Goetz, have partnered with the Hot Mic app to announce live San Francisco 49ers games as well as other nationally televised NFL games on Thursdays, Sundays and Mondays.

“I’m excited to be calling football again,” Mathers said. “I love doing play-by-play for what I consider to be the greatest sport, football.”

Hot Mic is a new app offering fans the ability to synchronize an NFL game with their choice of announcers. The app offers a departure from national commentary where users can choose commentators whose broadcast’s more closely align with their own football leanings.

“Those guys doing the national broadcasts do a great job but they are limited by the FCC and have to be sort of vanilla,” Mathers said. “We don’t have to be vanilla. I’m a 49ers fan…I’m not scared to let my personal enjoyment of the game bleed through. We can also be more critical…listeners love that we can take people to task in a way national broadcasters cannot.”

Mathers said he particularly enjoyed calling the 49ers’ Sept. 8 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tampa’s starting right guard, Alex Cappa, played four years of football at Humboldt State before being drafted by the Bucs in 2018.

“It’s so cool to think a guy I covered for four years is now in the NFL,” Mathers said. ” I had an enormous amount of fun announcing the starting lineups and introducing Cappa at right-guard.”

Hot Mic is available through the Apple App Store. Code JB23 will allow users to access the invitation-only content. Hot Mic plans on picking up NBA broadcasts in the winter.

“It’s been fun broadcasting NFL games with Hot Mic this fall. JB and I are passionate about delivering a product catered for the North Coast community. We want fans to experience a game day with me and JB. Our broadcasts feature some Humboldt stories, lots of football knowledge, and laughs,” Goetz said.

Mathers said being involved on the “ground floor” with the newly created Hot Mic app is an “honor.”

“This is the first time I really feel like I’ve been on the ground floor of something,” Mathers said. “With Hot Mic we are starting something new and that gives me a huge appetite and desire to see where we can take it.”

Mathers and Goetz can be heard Sunday when the 49ers take on the Los Angeles Rams at 1:05 p.m.

Check the Times-Standard’s local schedule throughout the football season for future broadcasts from the duo.

 

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