Mick Gillispie, the “voice” of Smokies baseball will again anchor this year’s radio broadcast joined by Danny Will, Michael Wottreng, and interns Blake McKinney, Jonathan Reed, Nick Roark, Matthew Osborne, and Jay Lifford. The team will bring all 140 games to the East Tennessee airwaves.
Gillispie enters his eighth season in the Southern League after spending the first two with division rival Chattanooga. Chrusciel and Hoover will co-host the Pilot-Oscar Meyer Pregame Show live 15-minutes prior to the scheduled first-pitch.
Mick Gillispie is in his sixth season as Director of Broadcasting and play-by-play voice for the Smokies Radio Network. Gillispie also directs and manages the SRN broadcast staff and over sees the entire on air product from the intro song to the closing billboard and everything in between. Prior to the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Gillispie handled the play-by-play for 20 Chicago Cubs spring training games on Cubs.com, teaming up with Cubs television voice Len Kasper. In 2010, Gillispie was named the Southern League Broadcaster of the Year Award, voted on by his peers and colleagues. Prior to joining Tennessee he spent 2005 & 2006 on the Chattanooga Lookouts broadcast team. In 2004 Gillispie called games for the Salem Avalanche (Class A Carolina League) and began his career doing play-by-play for the Wilson Tobs (Coastal Plains League) in 2003.
Danny Will joins the Smokies in 2013 for his fourth season broadcasting professional baseball. In 2012, he spent the season as the Assistant Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Potomac Nationals, the High-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.
Away from the diamond, Will broadcasts at Bucknell University in the offseason delivering play-by-play for Bison Women’s Basketball, working as the sideline reporter for Bucknell Football, and broadcasting other various sports for Bucknell’s internet video feed, Bison Vision. Before arriving at Bucknell, he broadcasted baseball for the Camden Riversharks of the Atlantic League and was a broadcast intern for the Rio Grande Valley Whitewings of the United League. On the hardwood, Will has previously broadcasted women’s basketball at Radford University and worked as an Associate Producer for the New Orleans Hornets.
Will grew up in San Carlos, CA and graduated from Boston University in May 2010.
Michael Wottreng begins his first season as broadcasting and media relations assistant for the Tennessee Smokies. Wottreng spent the summer of 2012 as the radio broadcaster for the East Texas Pump Jacks, a summer collegiate team in the Texas Collegiate League.
Wottreng, a native of Cincinnati, worked in the broadcasting department at Miami (Ohio) prior to joining the Smokies on Radio team. A May 2012 graduate of Marquette University, he was the school’s radio sports director for three years, where he was a play-by-play broadcaster for basketball, volleyball, and soccer.
Blake McKinney joins the Smokies Radio Network team for the 2013 season.
He has extensive experience in video production with a background in both live and non-live projects. McKinney has worked for the Carson-Newman athletic department on the production staff since 2010. He has also contributed to national outlets such as ESPN and CBS sports.
McKinney, a native of Dandridge, TN, will earn his degree from Carson-Newman University next spring. Blake spent the 2011 season as an intern for the Tennessee Smokies production staff.
Jonathan Reed will earn his degree this summer from the University of Tennessee. The 2013 campaign will be Jonathan’s first season as a member of the Smokies’ broadcasting and electronic media team.
Reed, a native from Athens, TN, has been a freelance sports writer for the past three years for various successful websites and has worked behind the scenes on some personal projects.
Nick Roark is a recent graduate of The University of Tennessee where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. Roark joins the Smokies Radio Network in his first season and will assist in the production of Smokies broadcasts throughout the season. Roark will also provide content for SmokiesOnRadio.com.
A native of Morristown, Tenn., Roark provided color commentary in 2010 for Morristown West High School basketball games alongside former Smokies Radio Network staffer Darren Headrick. In spring of 2012, Roark spent time at Walters State Community College where served as a Public Address announcer for the college’s baseball and softball games. Roark also produced content for tnjn.com and TennesseeSportsTicket.com during his time at the University of Tennessee.
Matthew Osborne is entering his first season with the Smokies Radio Network. Osborne, a Knoxville, Tenn., native, is a student at the University of Tennessee pursuing a degree in journalism. His broadcast career started at Fulton High School’s WKCS where he provided play-by-play for the Lady Falcon’s basketball broadcast.
Osborne has also contributed content to The Daily Beacon, tnjn.com, easttennesseesports.com, and TennesseeSportsTicket.com in that past.
Jay Lifford begins his first season with Smokies’ Broadcasting and Media Team. A Music Broadcasting Veteran, Jay began his broadcasting career in Chattanooga, TN as a weekend DJ on 96.5 The Mountain. After graduation from UT-Chattanooga in December of 2000, Jay moved home to Knoxville, TN to become the weeknight DJ for WIMZ. Jay then got the opportunity to serve as Production Director for The Christian Media Center. While Jay’s primary job was writing and producing commercials for 4 different stations, he also produced Talk Shows for AM affiliate Joy 620 and Hosted Afternoon Drive on Love 89.
All weekday day games and selective night and weekend contests maybe subject to conflict with other Citadel station programs. Some of those games will now be heard on WPFT 106.3. Operated by East Tennessee Radio Group this 500-Watt FM station sits in Pigeon Forge and comes in clear all across Sevierville into parts of Knox County. In addition every Smokies broadcast will be streamed live and free, via the Internet, at www. smokiesbaseball.com, as well as available on the Smokies mobile app.