Thrall has been broadcasting sports professionally for the past nine years. Most recently, he spent the last two seasons in the St. Louis Cardinals organization with their Single-A affiliate, the Quad Cities River Bandits. While in the Quad Cities, he also worked on local radio and television stations in the offseason announcing high school and college football, basketball and baseball games.
“With the national excitement over the downtown park, and the Double-A affiliation with the Reds combined with 1450 ESPN Radio Pensacola, the Blue Wahoos had many quality people competing for the lead broadcast position,” said Blue Wahoos Executive Vice President Jonathan Giffith. “After an extensive process, we felt Tommy brought the full package of skills and passion to make the Blue Wahoos the most entertaining and informative broadcast in sports.”
He began his career in broadcasting working for both his university and the Kansas City T-Bones of the independent Northern League, while still earning his degree in broadcasting from Northwest Missouri State University. Besides baseball, he is also well versed in football and basketball play-by-play.
“I know that there was a lot of strong competition for this position and I feel very fortunate to be a part of this outstanding organization,” said Thrall. “I’m excited to be a part of the Pensacola community and to be involved in the excitement surrounding the arrival of Double-A baseball to Northwest Florida.”
Thrall will be behind the mic for all 140 regular season broadcasts on 1450 ESPN Radio Pensacola including the pre and postgame shows. All regular season and playoff games will air on Pensacola’s ESPN 1450 AM feed and, beginning in mid-May, simulcast on 1450 ESPN’s sister station 101.1 FM.