Roger Hoover returns to Jacksonville as Suns Broadcaster

Roger Hoover with Tennessee in 2012. Photo Courtesy: Roger C. Hoover.

Earlier today the Jacksonville Suns announced that Roger Hoover will rejoin the Suns as the radio broadcaster and the Director of Broadcasting for the 2013 season. Hoover has worked for the Tennessee Smokies and the Smokies Radio Network for three of the past four seasons as a broadcasting assistant.

“Roger is a great talent and good friend,” said Smokies Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie. “We are all really happy for him and looking forward to keeping up with his career in Jacksonville. The work he did for the Smokies Radio Network was excellent and he will be tough to replace.

“The thing I’m most proud of in my time as Director of Broadcasting for the Smokies is our dedication to detail and desire to do our very best every broadcast. Then watching so many of our team members move on to leadership positions and continue that legacy. Roger represents the very best we have to offer.”
“I am very excited to return to Jacksonville and once again broadcast Suns baseball,” said Hoover. “I am very grateful to the entire Smokies organization and everyone involved with the Smokies Radio Network for their support and guidance over the past several years. Along with being one of my good friends, Mick Gillispie has been a tremendous mentor and someone that’s always willing to help me get better. Along with Mick, Cody Chrusciel, Adam King, Jonathan Guess, as well as Darren Headrick in 2009, we consistently put out a major-league quality broadcast for East Tennessee baseball fans that I was always proud of. I am glad to stay in the Southern League and I look forward to making the trip back to Smokies Park next July.”
The Smokies Radio Network congratulates Roger on his new role with the Suns, and looks forward to seeing him stay in the Southern League. Below is the official release from the Jacksonville Suns media relations department.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Jacksonville Suns announced today that Roger Hoover will return to Jacksonville as the radio play-by-play broadcaster for the Suns for the 2013 season.

Hoover was the Suns broadcaster during the 2011 season, and enters his sixth season of professional baseball broadcasting.
“I am excited for this opportunity to work with the Suns,” Hoover said. “I really enjoyed my time in Jacksonville in 2011, and it will be a pleasure to connect with Suns fans once again. The Bragan’s continue to run a great baseball franchise, and I’m proud to be a part of their team at Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville.”
Hoover has spent the past four seasons broadcasting baseball in the Southern League, working for the Suns in 2011 and as a broadcasting assistant with the Tennessee Smokies, for three of the past four years dating back to 2009. His experience in the Southern League includes: providing play-by-play in the 2009, 2010, and 2011 Southern League Championship Series, working with baseball Hall of Famer and 2009 Smokies manager Ryne Sandberg, being a part of the radio coverage for the 2010 and 2012 Southern League All-Star Games, as well as the Smokies Radio Network’s coverage of the 2010 Rickwood Classic in Birmingham, Ala.
The 2013 Southern League All-Star Game presented by State Farm on Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville will be Hoover’s third Southern League All-Star Game broadcast in the past four seasons.
Hoover is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and served his alma mater as the color analyst for Tennessee Baseball on the Vol Network in 2012. He currently works as the Assistant Director of Athletic Communications for Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., where he is also the color analyst for Carson-Newman football and the broadcaster for Lady Eagles basketball.
Hoover, a native of Kingsport, Tenn., spent his first season broadcasting professional baseball in his hometown with the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League in 2008. Hoover began his broadcasting career in 2006 with the Vol Network at the University of Tennessee.
The 2013 Suns season begins on April 4 against the Jackson Generals on Bragan Field at the Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville at 7:05 p.m.

Categories: Smokies Radio Network


The Smokies Radio Network is the official radio network for the Chicago Cubs AA affiliate, the Tennessee Smokies. Daily broadcasts begin with the Pilot-Oscar Mayer pre-game show airing 15 minutes before every game. Following the game the broadcast concludes with the Edward Jones Investments post-game show. The Smokies Radio Network staff includes the Director of Broadcasting Mick Gillispie, Sr. Broadcast Assistant Greg Young, Broadcast Assistant Keith Brake and Broadcast Intern James Rowe.


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One Comment on “Roger Hoover returns to Jacksonville as Suns Broadcaster”

  1. Bill Dunn
    November 2, 2012 at 7:17 pm #

    Congratulations, Roger, on your promotion and return to the Jacksonville Suns!

    Bill Dunn

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