Wetzel is a 35 year television veteran, with over 33 years in sports production, He has been an accomplished producer, director, operations producer, administrator, consultant, tech manager, programmer, and teacher during this time on numerous sporting events on the national, regional, and local levels for various networks including ESPN and CBS Sports Network. Jerry has also consulted on syndication and television installation around the country. He was also a tech manager for MSNBC for the 2012 Republican and Democratic National Conventions.
Jerry was the Director of Electronic Media for 14 years at the University of Florida Athletic Association. During that time, he oversaw the Gator Radio Network, which includes broadcasts for 8 sports, and Television (he created GatorVision), which includes live or taped events for 10 sports, coaches’ shows, and a weekly half-hour television program, Gatorzone, which airs on Sun Sports, a Fox regional sports network. In addition, he developed in the presentation and coordination of the GatorVision video boards, and also created GatorVision On-Line, Florida’s web streaming service. In his role, he was a key liaison with Sun Sports/ IMG College, Florida’s multi-media rights-holder, as well as with the Southeastern Conference’s network television partners. He was instrumental in assisting the UAA in their contract negotiations with Sun Sports / IMG College. He also was an instructor for the University of Florida’s Graduate School of Journalism.
Prior to coming to Florida, Wetzel was a Senior Vice President of Production Services for Spirit Sports and Event Marketing, a sports syndicator, which included overseeing the production of the Missouri Valley Conference Television Game of the Week. This was the second time he was involved with this property, as back in 1982, he was on the production team that handled the Missouri Valley Conference Television Game of the Week telecasts. He was on that production team until 1986.
Prior to Spirit, Jerry was the Vice President of Production and Programming for SNI Sports Network a sports syndication company located in St. Louis, Missouri. At SNI, he oversaw rights acquisitions, production, programming, and commercial inventory. Some of the properties which he oversaw included the University of Missouri Football and Basketball Television Network, St. Louis University Basketball Radio and Television, Missouri State High School Football and Basketball Championships, and the Texas A&M Radio Network. He was also involved with creating numerous regional and national sports specials and shows such as Billy Packer’s College Basketball, Hale Irwin’s Golf in America, and This Week in College Football with Pat Haden. It was during this time that Jerry directed Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournament games for NCAA Productions and was recognized for great pictures in USA Today.
In 1986, Wetzel was the Production Coordinator for Creative Sports Marketing, a sports syndicator, which is now ESPN Regional Television. During that year he oversaw the production of over 120 college basketball telecasts, 6 football game telecasts, and the Virginia Tech Radio Network.
Wetzel, 55, a native of Highland, Illinois, is a 1983 graduate from Drake University with a BA degree in Journalism emphasis Radio-Television Production with a minor in Marketing / Management / Recreation and a 1985 graduate from Wichita State University with a MA degree in Education, emphasis Sports Administration. During that time, Jerry worked at WHO TV, the NBC affiliate in Des Moines, Iowa and KAKE TV, the ABC affiliate in Wichita, Kansas.