Jon Laaser Named Radio Voice Of Virginia Tech Sports
June 23, 2015 at 4:02 PM (PT)
VIRGINIA TECH and rights holder IMG have named JON LAASER the HOKIES' sports radio voice, beginning with this fall's football season, when he will team with longtime analyst MIKE BURNOP. LAASER currently calls RICHMOND FLYING SQUIRRELS minor league baseball and has been the voice of VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY basketball. He replaces BILL ROTH, who is joining UCLA as football and men's basketball radio broadcaster after 27 years at VIRGINIA TECH.
“JON LAASER is the right man for VIRGINIA TECH,” said Director of Athletics WHIT BABCOCK. “IMG presented us with a highly-skilled pool of prospects for this position. We were impressed, but not surprised by the volume of national interest in our play-by-play job. We are confident that HOKIE Nation will embrace JON’s passion and enthusiasm for VIRGINIA TECH Athletics."
“JON brings a complete package to the booth at VIRGINIA TECH – a big-league voice, conversational delivery and great attention to detail,” said IMG VP of Broadcasting CHRIS FERRIS. “The Voice of the HOKIES is also an important representative in the community, and JON’s natural charisma, strong work ethic, and willingness to go the extra mile will be a strong asset to the team at IMG and VIRGINIA TECH.”
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” said LAASER. “As a broadcaster you dream about the chance to call just one game from places like LANE STADIUM and CASSELL COLISEUM. I’m not sure it’s sunk in yet that I’ll be announcing every football and men’s basketball game from these historic venues. BILL ROTH has set the bar incredibly high. He’s an impossible act to follow, but I certainly aspire to live up to his lofty standards.”