Mike Parker was named the Oregon Sportscaster of the Year for the sixth time, the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association announced Wednesday.
The “Voice of the Beavers” is in his 13th year announcing Oregon State athletics. Parker handles the play-by-play work for the football, men’s basketball and baseball teams.
He serves as co-host of the local Joe Beaver Radio Show on KEJO (1240 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 awards rank as the third most in the state since it first was presented in 1959. Former Beavers play-by-play announcer Darrell Aune 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 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.