Paul Roper is a veteran journalist having worked on various broadcasts as an anchor, reporter, play-by-play announcer and studio host.
During his tenure at Learfield, Paul has served as studio host and producer for many of its properties, including Virginia Tech, UCLA, Florida, Texas, Georgia, and Washington. He has also filled in on play-by-play for Virginia Tech, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Boston College, West Virginia University, Western Kentucky University, UTEP, and UNCG. In the summer of 2021, Paul assumed play-by-play duties for the Davidson Wildcats football team.
Paul was also selected to broadcast the 2021 CAA Women's Basketball Championship, 2016, 2020 and 2021 ACC Women's Basketball Tournaments, the 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2021 SEC Baseball Tournaments, the 2017 and 2021 SEC Softball Tournaments, the 2018 and 2021 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament, and the 2019 SEC Men's Basketball Tournament for Sirius/XM and the SEC Radio Network.
Paul was the play-by-play announcer for the East Carolina University baseball team during their run to the American Athletic Conference Tournament championship and NCAA Regionals in 2015.
Paul also served as a fill-in news anchor at 88.5 WFDD in Winston-Salem, the market's top-rated news station. He has covered events such as Wake Forest's hiring of Danny Manning as its head coach for men's basketball, the Winston-Salem Open and the death of famed author Maya Angelou.
In addition to his duties at Learfield and WFDD, Paul was also the public address announcer for UNCG men's basketball for two seasons and continues to assist the Spartan athletic department as a play-by-play announcer for their digital platforms.
Before joining Learfield, Paul was the play-by-play announcer for the Ontario Hockey League's Erie Otters for four seasons, which included the first year of 2015 first overall pick Connor McDavid's career with the Otters. Paul was also responsible for media relations and was the chief editor for the website and social media.
Paul's first foray into hockey was in Trenton, NJ as the play-by-play announcer for the ECHL's Trenton Devils, then the "AA" affiliate of the New Jersey Devils. In 2009, Paul was part of a three-man crew selected to broadcast the ECHL All-Star Game from Reading, PA on Sirius/XM Radio.
After graduating from Seton Hall in 2008, Paul served as the No. 2 broadcaster for the Atlantic League's Newark Bears. Paul also worked in collegiate summer baseball with the NECBL's Vermont Mountaineers (calling a league championship and the league's All-Star Game in 2007) and the ACBL's Jersey Pilots.
Paul has also served as a freelance play-by-play and public address announcer for the Winston-Salem Dash, Erie SeaWolves and for various high school and college athletic events. Among the sports Paul has covered include baseball, basketball, football, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, volleyball, and archery.
Paul received a BA from Seton Hall University in broadcasting and visual media. At Seton Hall, Paul covered Big East basketball for 89.5 FM WSOU, regarded as one of the nation's top college radio stations.