Jim Tocco named Southern League Radio Broadcaster of the Year
September 7, 2006 - Southern League (SL) News Release
MARIETTA, GA - The Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs is pleased to announce that Montgomery Biscuits' Director of Broadcasting Jim Tocco has been named the Radio Broadcaster of the Year as voted upon by the league's general managers and radio broadcasters.
A standout among all minor league broadcasters, Tocco is known for his conversational style behind the microphone. Listeners are treated to vivid descriptions of the action as well as a variety of other interesting and entertaining topics over the course of a Biscuits' game.
The eight-year minor league veteran has called the action of more than 900 minor league games and 12 Major League games. He began his career with the Charleston, SC RiverDogs in 1999 as a broadcasting intern before becoming the voice of the Wilmington Blue Rocks (2000), the Charleston Alley Cats (2001-2002) and the Lansing Lugnuts (2003).
After the 2003 season, Tocco made the move to Montgomery, AL to become the inaugural voice of the Biscuits. He is the only full-time broadcaster in Biscuits' history and has called over 400 Biscuits' games. The baseball historian has also provided television commentary for Montgomery on WSFA 12 for select Biscuits' games as well as the 2006 Southern League All-Star Game.
Tocco made his Major League Debut with the Montreal Expos in 2003 as a guest commentator for a three-game series at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. He lent his voice to the Expos for ten games in 2004: a four-game series at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA in July; a three-game series at PNC Park in July; and a three-game series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA in September.
In addition to his notoriety as the voice of the Biscuits, Tocco is also responsible for a number of marketing duties in the Montgomery organization, including graphic design and website development.
Tocco joins a select list of standouts that have won the award including current Southern League radio broadcasters Curt Bloom, Tom Hart, Patrick Kinas and Larry Ward.
The North Olmsted, OH native graduated from Bowling Green State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism in 1998. The Montgomery, AL resident's broadcast experience also includes Division 1 football, basketball, hockey and soccer.
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