Chris Blair named next Voice of the Tigers

Over the weekend LSU Athletics selected its replacement for Jim Hawthorne in Chris Blair, who currently holds a similar post at Georgia Southern.

White smoke is rising from the LSU Athletic Administration Building as a replacement has been selected for Jim Hawthorne, the “Voice of the Tigers.”

Chris Blair, currently the voice of Georgia Southern University Athletics in Statesboro, will assume the role of Director of Radio Broadcasting at LSU in December 2015 and begin calling games at the onset of the 2016 baseball season.

“Chris Blair is a rising star and we are excited to bring him to LSU as the next Voice of the Tigers,” Athletics Director Joe Alleva said via a release over the weekend. “We had many quality candidates and Chris just stood out. It’s the premier play-by-play job in college athletics and we’ve hired a guy who will do a great job of being the radio voice of LSU athletics.

“His passion, knowledge and love of radio is something LSU fans will quickly notice and identify with. We are excited to have him join our staff.”

Prior to his time in Statesboro, spanning almost the last decade, Blair, 40, served in various broadcast management and marketing positions in Columbia and Greenville, South Carolina. His college broadcast experience includes working for the Clemson Tiger Sports Network and at Lander University.

He also spent 10 years as the play-by-play announcer for high school powerhouse Greenwood (SC) and manned play-by-play duties for four state title games at Williams-Brice Stadium, the home of the Gamecocks.

Blair’s experience with GSU Athletics extends to behind-the-scenes work with affiliate relations, network marketing plans and overall sound presentation on the air and Internet. He’s also hosted weekly coaches radio shows and a television show for the basketball program.

“The incredible opportunity and privilege to follow behind the legendary Jim Hawthorne, one of the most recognized and respected voices in college sports is truly a dream come true,” Blair explained in the LSU release. “To work and represent the most powerful brand in college athletics that has the nation’s most passionate fans is an honor and one that I do not take lightly. My family and I are excited to soon be making Baton Rouge and Louisiana our home.

“I would like to thank athletics director Joe Alleva and so many inside LSU Athletics for trusting me as the narrator of great Tiger moments to come.”


Tiger fans, you can hear my live interview with Chris Blair Monday afternoon at 5:15 p.m. on “Bumper to Bumper Sports” on 103.7 FM (KLWB) in Lafayette. Use the link below to Listen Live at the appointed time.

You can also check out some of Blair’s previous work while at Georgia Southern courtesy the link below from

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