PRESS RELEASE – The Jacksonville Suns announced today Roger Hoover will become the new Suns play-by-play broadcaster for the 2011 season. Hoover replaces JP Shadrick as the voice of the Suns as JP has moved on to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Redhawks.
Hoover, a native of Kingsport, Tennessee, will enter his fourth season of professional baseball broadcasting and comes to Jacksonville for his first season after working two seasons with the Tennessee Smokies. Prior to joining Jacksonville, Hoover served as the Director of Broadcasting for the Kingsport Mets, the Appalachian League affiliate of the New York Mets.
Hoover was in attendance for the final two Southern League Championship games, as a Tennessee Smokies employee, when Jacksonville won their 2nd straight championship on a Chris Hatcher homerun.
“I am definitely excited about being a part of the Suns organization, the Bragan’s have always had a well-run baseball team,” said Hoover. “It will be a change of scenery from the Smoky Mountains to the palm trees and beaches, but I am not complaining.”
Hoover is a graduate of the University of Tennessee majoring in sports journalism and began his broadcasting career in 2006 as a freshman at the University of Tennessee, working for the Vol Network as the internet video reporter for utsports.com and utladyvols.com, in addition to serving as a reporter for the television program Inside the Orange. In his sophomore year, he was the reporter for The Pat Summitt TV Show, as Tennessee won their eighth women’s basketball national championship. Hoover served two seasons as the public address announcer for UT baseball at Lindsey Nelson Stadium, from 2008 to 2009.
The 2011 Jacksonville Suns season begins April 7th at 7:05 pm as the back-to-back Southern League Champion Suns take on the Huntsville Stars.
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