Smokies Voice Gets New Job

SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Smokies proudly announce that Mick Gillispie, the voice of the Tennessee Smokies, has been named as the new voice of women's basketball for the University of Alabama.

Gillispie, a native of Westminster, Maryland, will join the Crimson Tide women's basketball team as the play-by-play announcer for the 2007-08 season, his first foray into the basketball arena. Mick will also continue on as the voice of the Tennessee Smokies for the 2008 season, and rejoin the organization in March.

Gillispie is excited about the new opportunity to cover women's basketball in the SEC, as well as continuing his career in minor-league baseball.

"I remember the excitement surrounding the Tide's Final Four team when I was a student in 1994", said Gillispie. "I look forward to watching this year's squad develop and compete in the SEC. Having the opportunity to witness the University of Tennessee Lady Vols run for the National Championship last season, I am excited to be a part of what promises to be the most competitive conference in women's basketball."

Mick is no stranger to broadcasting jobs at the University of Alabama. Gillispie started his broadcasting career at WVUA radio in Tuscaloosa. Mick also broadcasted the Tide's baseball games and hosted Alabama's pre-game football show. After graduation, he became the voice of the Salem Avalanche in the Class A Carolina League for one year before joining the Chattanooga Lookouts broadcasting team behind play-by-play announcer Larry Ward. The 2007 season marked Gillispie's first year as the voice of the Tennessee Smokies.

"We are very happy for Mick and his new opportunity with the Crimson Tide, and know he will perform at the same level as he has for the Smokies organization" said General Manager Brian Cox. "We look forward to having him back as the voice of the Smokies for the upcoming 2008 season."

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