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12/18/2008 10:52 AM ET
Tim Neverett hired as play-by-play announcer
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The Pittsburgh Pirates today announced the hiring of Tim Neverett as the club's new play-by-play announcer. With more than 24 years of diverse broadcasting experience, Neverett joins current play-by-play announcer Greg Brown and color analysts Steve Blass, Bob Walk and John Wehner to complete the team's five-person broadcast team.

Prior to joining the Pirates broadcast team, Neverett worked for FSN Rocky Mountain as a pre- and postgame studio host and part-time play-by-play announcer for Colorado Rockies telecasts. At the same time, Neverett worked for VERSUS Television Network and The Mountain West Conference Sports Network as a play-by-play announcer for national and regional telecasts of major college football and basketball games.

He also served as a talk show host for the nationally syndicated Sporting News Radio Network, where his show was heard on more than 160 stations nationwide.

"We conducted an exhaustive search that included more than 200 qualified candidates, many of whom are Major League quality broadcasters," said Pirates President Frank Coonelly. "Tim's ability and experience, combined with his work ethic, passion for baseball and desire to make a positive impact in the community, made him the ideal addition to our broadcast team."

Neverett, 42, honed his craft while calling more than 1,000 Minor League and college baseball games. For the better part of 10 seasons, Neverett called Triple-A baseball on radio and television for the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers affiliates that played in Las Vegas. He also served as the play-by-play voice for Las Vegas' International Hockey League team for five seasons before adding college baseball and football at UNLV to his duties.

Neverett began his broadcasting career at age 19 by calling play-by-play for the then-Pittsburgh Pirates Double-A affiliate Nashua Pirates in Nashua, New Hampshire.

"It is an honor and a privilege to have an opportunity to bring Pirates baseball action to the fans of Pittsburgh. It is fitting that after more than 20 years, my career comes full circle as I am back with the parent club of the organization that originally took a chance on me," said Neverett. "My career has brought me to a number of cities and had me covering numerous sports. My dream, however, has always been to be a Major League Baseball play-by-play announcer. To be able to work for one of the most storied franchises in the game makes it even more special. It is an ideal opportunity for me personally and professionally."

Neverett also called baseball, softball, basketball and soccer during the 2004 Athens Olympics and 2008 Beijing Olympics. During the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics and 2006 Olympic Games in Torino he handled playby- play duties for hockey and numerous skiing events. The multi-national feeds were seen in more than 100 countries.

Neverett also served as a sports talk host for ESPN 560 in Denver, Colorado, where he was named the 2005 Best Radio Sports-Talk Host by Westword magazine in its annual "Best of Denver" issue.

Neverett and his wife, Barbara, have three sons ages 14, 12 and 9. Neverett is a graduate of Emerson College in Boston where he lettered in baseball for four seasons.
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