List of Nashville Sounds broadcasters

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The press box at First Tennessee Park, home of the Nashville Sounds since 2015
The press box at Herschel Greer Stadium, home of the Sounds from 1978 to 2014

The Nashville Sounds Minor League Baseball team has played in Nashville, Tennessee, since its establishment in the 1978 season. The Sounds were created as an expansion team of the Double-A Southern League in 1978.[1] They moved to the Triple-A American Association in 1985 and to the Triple-A Pacific Coast League in 1998.[1]

During the opening season of 1978, Nashville Sounds games were broadcast on WMTS 96.3 FM by announcer and station owner, Monte Hale. He died following the inaugural season, after which Bob Jamison was hired for the 1979 season. Nashville-native and future sports talk show host George Plaster served as a color commentator from 1980 to 1981 and 1985 to 1986. Jamison remained the voice of the Sounds through 1990 when he was hired as the radio broadcaster for the California Angels of Major League Baseball. For the 1991 season, the Sounds hired former Huntsville Stars and Iowa Cubs broadcaster Steve Carroll. After 1995, Carroll left to become the radio voice of the National Hockey League's Philadelphia Flyers and, later, the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

Steve Selby served as the lead broadcaster for the Sounds from 1996 to 1999, after which he left to become the radio voice of the Memphis Redbirds. Chuck Valenches, a former assistant broadcaster, was promoted to the role of lead broadcaster at the beginning of 2000. Stu Paul was the Sounds' play-by-play broadcaster for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. Since 2012, Jeff Hem has been the team's lead broadcaster.[2] All Sounds home and road games are broadcast on WNRQ-HD2 ALT 97.5 FM. Live audio broadcasts are also available online through the team's website and iHeartRadio.[3]

Broadcasters[edit]

Year Radio station Play-by-play Commentary Ref
1978 WMTS 96.3 FM Monte Hale Jay Colley [4]
1979 WKDA 1240 AM Bob Jamison[a] Jay Colley, Ty Coppinger [5]
1980 George Plaster [6]
1981 [7]
1982 Bob Gary [8]
1983 WLAC 1510 AM Rick Baumgartner [9]
1984 WSIX 980 AM [10]
1985 George Plaster [11]
1986 [12]
1987 Duncan Stewart [13]
1988 WKDA 1240 AM Chip Walters [14]
1989 WRLT 101.1 FM [15]
1990 WSIX 980 AM [16]
1991 WWTN 99.7 FM Steve Carroll [17]
1992 Mike Smithson [18]
1993 [19]
1994 [20]
1995 WAMB 1160 AM [21]
1996 Steve Selby
1997 Mike Capps [22]
1998 WNSR 560 AM Chuck Valenches
1999 [23][24][25]
2000 Chuck Valenches [25]
2001 [25]
2002 WANT 98.9 FM Brad Golder, John Melton [26][27][28]
2003 Brad Golder, John Melton [27][28]
2004 Brad Golder, John Melton [27][28]
2005 WAMB 1160 AM John Melton, Pete Weber [28][29]
2006 WNSR 560 AM John Melton, Pete Weber, Willy Daunic [28][29]
2007 [28][29]
2008 John Melton, Pete Weber, Willy Daunic, Rich Tiner [28][30]
2009 Pete Weber, Rich Tiner [30]
2010 WGFX 104.5 FM Stu Paul [31]
2011 [32]
2012 WPRT 102.5 FM Jeff Hem [33]
2013 [34]
2014 [35]
2015 Kevin Jarvis [36]
2016 [37]
2017 WNRQ-HD2 97.5 FM [3]

Notes[edit]

  • a Bob Jamison won the Southern League Broadcaster of the Year Award in 1980 and 1982.[38]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b Weiss, Bill; Wright, Marshall (2001). "Top 100 Teams". Minor League Baseball. Retrieved August 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sounds Extend Partnership With "The Game"." Nashville Sounds. February 8, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Sounds and iHeartMedia Announce ALT 97.5 FM as New Flagship Station". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. March 31, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Follow the Sounds at Home and on the Road." The Nashville Sounds 1978 Official Souvenir Program. 1978: 19.
  5. ^ "Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1979 Official Souvenir Program. 1979: 19.
  6. ^ "Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1980 Official Souvenir Program. 1980: 18.
  7. ^ "Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1981 Official Souvenir Program. 1981: 18.
  8. ^ "Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1982 Official Souvenir Program. 1982: 14.
  9. ^ "Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1983 Official Souvenir Program. 1983: 14.
  10. ^ "Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1984 Official Souvenir Program. 1984: 14.
  11. ^ "Catch the Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1985 Official Souvenir Program. 1985: 14.
  12. ^ "Catch the Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1986 Official Souvenir Program. 1986: 14.
  13. ^ "Catch the Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1987 Official Souvenir Program. 1987: 14.
  14. ^ "Catch the Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1988 Official Souvenir Program. 1988: 18.
  15. ^ "Catch the Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1989 Official Souvenir Program. 1989: 22.
  16. ^ "Catch the Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1990 Official Souvenir Program. 1990: 22.
  17. ^ "Catch the Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1991 Official Souvenir Program. 1991: 22.
  18. ^ "Catch the Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1992 Official Souvenir Program. 1992: 22.
  19. ^ "Catch the Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1993 Official Souvenir Program. 1993: 18.
  20. ^ "Catch the Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1994 Official Souvenir Program. 1994: 14.
  21. ^ "Catch the Sounds on Radio." The Nashville Sounds 1995 Official Souvenir Program. 1995: 14.
  22. ^ "Catch the Sounds on Radio." 1997 Nashville Sounds Souvenir Program. 1997: 30.
  23. ^ Patton, Maurice. "Minor Miracle". The Tennessean. July 8, 1999.
  24. ^ Patton, Maurice. "Play-by-play Man Out as New GM Shakes Things Up". The Tennessean. November 2, 1999.
  25. ^ a b c Russell, Keith. "Deal puts five Sounds home games on TV." Nashville Business Journal. March 19, 1999. Retrieved on May 9, 2008.
  26. ^ "Sounds Secure New Flagship Station." Nashville Sounds. March 12, 2002. Retrieved on May 7, 2008.
  27. ^ a b c "Brad Golder." LinkedIn. Retrieved on October 27, 2009.
  28. ^ a b c d e f g "Color Commentators." Nashville Sounds 2008 Media Guide. 2008: 182.
  29. ^ a b c "Color Commentators." Nashville Sounds 2007 Media Guide. 2007: 198.
  30. ^ a b "Sounds on the Air." 2009 Nashville Sounds Media Guide. 2009: 182.
  31. ^ "New Flagship Station, Broadcaster For Sounds". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  32. ^ "Sounds on the Air." Nashville Sounds 2011 Media Guide. 2011: 206.
  33. ^ "Sounds Announce New Flagship Station." Nashville Sounds. February 15, 2012. Retrieved on March 26, 2012.
  34. ^ "Sounds Extend Relationship With "The Game"". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. January 11, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  35. ^ "Sounds Extend Partnership With "The Game"." Nashville Sounds. February 8, 2014. Retrieved on March 31, 2014.
  36. ^ "Sounds Extend Partnership With "The Game"". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. February 25, 2015. Retrieved August 21, 2015. 
  37. ^ "Sounds Extend Partnership With "The Game"". Nashville Sounds. Minor League Baseball. March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 4, 2016. 
  38. ^ "Bob Jamison." The Nashville Sounds 1984 Official Souvenir Program. 1984: 21.