Block named new Brewers voice
Vince Vitrano reports. Video by wtmj.comvideo
MILWAUKEE - Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the Milwaukee Brewers have selected Joe Block to join Hall of Fame Voice of the Brewers Bob Uecker as the newest member of their play-by-play team.
Block, who is 33 years old, called games for the Montreal Expos in 2003-04 among 900 professional baseball games under his belt. He take over for Cory Provus, who served the Brewers for three seasons.
"Can't wait! It's gonna be fun," said Block in an exclusive interview with Newsradio 620 WTMJ's "Wisconsin's Morning News," where he revealed part of the style he'll bring to Brewers broadcasts.
"What I like to do is try to give you some description on what's happening. If I use a statistic or something, I want it to be relevant. I'm not going to inundate you with a bunch of numbers that sound like gobbledygook. I want it to be meaningful, something you can take to the water cooler the next morning."
He served as the Los Angeles Dodgers postgame show host during 2011, was a radio studio host for New Orleans Hornets basketball for four years and has covered college sports play-by-play duties on Comcast Sports Southeast for 10 years.
"We're thrilled to welcome Joe to Newsradio 620 WTMJ and the Brewers Radio Network,” said Steve Wexler, Executive Vice President of Journal Broadcast Group in a statement. “It was apparent very quickly that he'd be a great fit in our community and on our station."
Block understands that he'll be sitting next to a hall-of-fame broadcaster who has served Brewers and Major League Baseball fans on radio and television for parts of six decades.
"He is so legendary, and it's not just in Milwaukee. I know folks in Wisconsin love him, and I can't wait to sit next to him all the time. Just his baseball knowledge, his humor, and the way he's such a genuine guy. I'll be able to learn so much from him."
“Joe and I spent some time together and I think he’ll be a great addition,” said Uecker. “Joe sounds good on the air, he’s a Midwest guy and he wants to be in Milwaukee as a part of the Brewers. Bottom line, all of those are important qualities that will make him successful here.”
Block is from Roseville, Mich. and graduated from Michigan State University in 1999.
He and his wife Bethany currently live in Los Angeles, but will move to Milwaukee.
"We keep hearing that Wisconsin is the Louisiana of the north," said Block, who lived in New Orleans for years.
Newsradio 620 WTMJ will begin its 40th season as your Brewers flagship in 2012. It has been the home of the Brewers for 39 of the past 41 years.