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One-on-One with Chargers Radio Voice Josh Lewin
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Radio play-by-play announcer Josh Lewin let Chargers.com pick his brain to hear his thoughts on the current state of the team as well as some of his favorite moments of his nine-year tenure.
Chargers.com: What have you seen so far from the first two preseason games?
Lewin: Well it’s exciting because there’s so many new faces I guess is the way to put it. Everything’s still coming together. If we’re quick to judge I don’t know if we love it, but that’s why you play a preseason. You kind of keep going and flush out the skeletons.
Chargers.com: There are new players and rookies. Is there anyone who has kind of caught your eye so far?
Lewin: You know, a bunch of guys actually. Obviously you can’t miss D.J. Fluker because he’s huge and he’s talented. He’s a heck of a guy. (I’m) still waiting on Keenan Allen to really break through in a game so we can talk about him kind of glowingly and lovingly. Frank Beltre I thought was very good in that last game against Chicago at linebacker. I like Fozzy Whittaker a lot. I saw him at the University of Texas for a while. And everybody’s talking about Jahleel Addae too, the safety. I like him.
Chargers.com: Being here at practice, are you able to see some different things from a game?
Lewin: For sure. I wish I was in San Diego more for many reasons, but the ability to see guys up close and not just on tape but actually live and in person is helpful for me.
Chargers.com: What about Mike McCoy? With him and Tom Telesco, there’s a new era.
Lewin: They’ve both got a vision and I like that. They’re very, very detail oriented and they don’t leave anything really untouched. And I like that a lot. If they’re going to have a season of any success, it’s going to be in large measure because of those two guys.
Chargers.com: This is your ninth season. You’ve been here since 2005. Do you have a certain play call or memory that sticks out in your mind?
Lewin: (Antonio) Cromartie 109 yards was fun! I mean, that one in Minnesota is tough to forget. But LaDainian Tomlinson blessed me, and blessed Chargers fans, for years because I got to call a lot of history and see a lot of history with him. Philip Rivers obviously with some of those deep balls that we know he can throw. When he’s hit them just right to (Malcom) Floyd or a Vincent Jackson back in the day, those were fun.
Chargers.com: As a play-by-play guy, there’s a ton of intricacies to the job. Take us through what that’s like, giving updates on the radio for fans that aren’t able to be there.
Lewin: I love that. That’s the whole challenge of what I do for a living. I’m blessed enough to be there. There are people that would like to be there but aren’t. I kind of liken it to being the town crier or Paul Revere. You get on your horse and tell them not only if the British are coming, but if they’re moving left or moving right or exactly what they’re looking like as their coming down the road. So it’s a really fun job.