Mike Parker Earns Sixth Sportscaster of the Year Award
Jan. 11, 2012
Corvallis, Ore. -
Mike Parker has been named the Oregon Sportscaster of the Year for the sixth time, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NSSA) announced. The “Voice of the Beavers” is in his 13th year announcing Oregon State University athletics.
Parker handles the play-by-play work for the Beavers’ football, men’s basketball and baseball teams, and has been behind the microphone for some of the school’s crowning achievements on the athletic fields, including two baseball national titles, several football bowl game victories and the College Basketball Invitational championship. He also serves as the co-host of the local Joe Beaver Radio Show on KEJO-AM in the mid-Willamette Valley and is the master of ceremonies for several OSU related events throughout the course of the year.
Parker’s six honors rank as the third-most in the state since the award first was presented in 1959. Former Beaver play-by-play announcer Darrell Aune has earned the award 12 times, KEX Sports Director Scott Lynn seven times and the late Jimmy Jones shares Parker’s number of awards.
Parker is a 1982 graduate of the University of Oregon with a bachelor’s degree in rhetoric and communications. His broadcasting career includes play-by-play for football, basketball and baseball for high school sports in Oregon, beginning in 1977. He was the voice of the Eugene Emeralds (1983-86) minor league baseball club and the Oregon women’s basketball program (1983-87).
He also was the play-by-play voice of the Triple-A Portland Beavers from 1987-92. Parker hosted a show on all-sports KFXX Radio from 1990-95 before moving to KEX Radio as host of Sportsline and the Fifth Quarter program following Portland Trail Blazers’ games. Parker and his wife Missy have two daughters, Lydia and Ellie.
NSSA also presented Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune, an OSU graduate, his fifth Oregon Sportswriter of the Year honor.