Tom McCarthy rejoins Phillies broadcast team

Tom
McCarthy, who spent the last two seasons as a play-by-play announcer for the
New York Mets on WFAN, is returning to his roots as a member of the Phillies
broadcasting team, Rob Brooks, Manager, Broadcasting announced today.

The

New Jersey native
broadcast Phillies games from 2001 through the 2005 season. In addition to
play-by-play on radio, McCarthy also hosted the Phillies’ pre- and post-game
shows. His contract is five years in length.

“Tom
is an exceptional announcer and a great person. We are thrilled that we can
bring him back to work on our telecasts,” said Brooks. “He will do
play-by-play for three innings when Hall of Famer Harry Kalas is not on
television. Harry will continue to provide play-by-play for six innings on TV
while also doing the fourth inning on radio as he’s done in years past.

“With
Harry, Scott Franzke and Tom, we have some of the best play-by-play talent in baseball.
We also have three solid color commentators in Larry Andersen, Chris Wheeler
and Gary Matthews.”

Jim
Jackson will return handling pre- and post-game shows on WPHT The Big Talker
1210 AM and the Phillies radio network.

“I’m
excited to be back in

Philadelphia,”
said McCarthy. “I enjoyed my two years with WFAN and the Mets. Both are
first-class as are the Phillies. I’m looking forward to returning and can’t
wait for spring training to get here.”

McCarthy
has had an extensive broadcasting career: six seasons as the play-by-play
announcer for the Class AA Trenton Thunder, a frequent host of national ESPN
Radio shows, drive-time host on ESPN Radio 1680 AM and 920 AM, play-by-play on
CN8 and College Sports Television (CSTV). He’s also broadcast
Princeton
University
football and basketball,
Rutgers
University football and

St. Joseph’s University women’s basketball.
He’s currently doing college basketball on CSTV and

St. Joseph’s University men’s basketball.

In 2002,
he won the Achievement in Radio award for best sports reporting for the
Phillies pre-game show. Two years later, he won the same award for best local
sports coverage for his baseball play-by-play. Last January, he was honored
with the Radio/TV Excellence Award from the New Jersey Sportswriters. In
addition, he won a Mid-Atlantic Emmy Award for his work on CN8 in 2000.