Sportscasters part of R.I. Hall of Fame
(March 28, 2011) Two sportscasters are part of the Rhode island Radio Hall of Fame class of 2011. The Hall was established in 2008, with a goal to celebrate the now 89-year history of the radio broadcast industry in Rhode Island, and to honor the men and women who have played a part in its growth. Among those being honored this year:
John Rooke – known as the “Voice of the Friars” for the past 22 years, John remains the signature voice behind Providence College athletics today. In addition to his play-by-play duties for PC, Rooke hosted sports talk programs on WPRO-AM and WSKO-AM/FM from 1990-2005, and currently appears on WEEI-FM. He has been a talk show host for ESPN Radio since 1999, calls play-by-play nationally for ESPNU, ESPN Regional Television, and the IMG College Network, and has worked for the New England Patriots since 1993 as the familiar “Voice of Gillette Stadium.” Rooke is also responsible for the creation of the RIRHOF (with John Colletto) in 2008.
Chuck Wilson – an international award-winning interviewer, reporter and sports talk show host who is widely credited for bringing modern “sports talk” radio into the Ocean State. Hired by WEAN-AM, Wilson began the first regular daily sports talk program in 1981, and subsequently appeared on WICE-AM and WPRO-AM with “Chuck Wilson on Sports” through April of 1993. Chuck then moved full time onto the national airwaves with ESPN Radio until 2005, when he joined XM Satellite Radio’s Major League Baseball programming. He returned to ESPN Radio in 2009, where he still works today.
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