Chris Blair To Replace Jim Hawthorne As Radio Voice Of LSU Sports
June 22, 2015 at 3:57 AM (PT)
GEORGIA SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY sports radio play-by-play voice and GEORGIA SOUTHERN SPORTS PROPERTIES GM CHRIS BLAIR is moving to LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY to replace longtime TIGERS' football, baseball, and basketball radio play-by-play voice JIM HAWTHORNE, who will be retiring after calling the 2015 football season and 2016 men's basketball season. BLAIR will officially start with the 2016 LSU baseball season.
LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics JOE ALLEVA said that BLAIR, who will assume the post of Director of Radio Broadcasting, is "a rising star and we are excited to bring him to LSU as the next voice of the TIGERS. We had many quality candidates and CHRIS just stood out. It's the premier play by play job in college athletics and we've hired a guy who will do a great job of being the radio voice of LSU athletics. His passion, knowledge and love of radio is something LSU fans will quickly notice and identify with. We are excited to have him join our staff."
"The incredible opportunity and privilege to follow behind the legendary JIM HAWTHORNE, one of the most recognized and respected voices in college sports is truly a dream come true," said BLAIR. "To work and represent the most powerful brand in college athletics that has the nation's most passionate fans is an honor and one that I do not take lightly. My family and I are excited to soon be making BATON ROUGE and LOUISIANA our home. I would like to thank athletics director JOE ALLEVA and so many inside LSU Athletics for trusting me as the narrator of great TIGER moments to come."