LITTLE ROCK - After a great 14 year run as the voice of the Arkansas Travelers, Phil Elson has accepted the position as the new radio voice of Razorbacks Baseball and Women's Basketball.
"I'm very grateful for my time with the Travelers, " said Elson, who moved to Little Rock in 2001 as the first full time home-and-road broadcaster in franchise history. "I've worked for great people, experienced unforgettable moments and established lifelong relationships while getting to do what I love doing. The Travelers are a jewel of a civic institution, and I'm proud to have been a part of it. I'm also very excited to continue broadcasting for many of the same people, because a large percentage of Travelers fans are also Razorbacks fans."
"We are very excited for Phil as he embarks on this new stage in his career," said Travelers President Russ Meeks. "We are sad to see him go but know that this is part of the evolution of a broadcaster. As a Razorbacks fan and a graduate of the University of Arkansas, I look forward to listening to Phil as he brings Hogs baseball to the airwaves."
Phil, 37, has 20 seasons of experience in professional baseball, including 17 years on the radio. Phil has also worked for baseball teams in Stockton, California; Ogden, Utah; Helena, Mont; Akron, Ohio; his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Fayetteville, North Carolina. He was voted the 2009 Arkansas Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
Besides baseball, Phil has also called radio play-by-play for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Trojans women's and men's basketball teams along with Henderson State University football.
"Phil will always be a part of the Travelers Family," said General Manager Paul Allen. "We will miss his patented "Seventh Inning Stretch" and the energy he brought to our broadcast. We are proud to say that Phil was on our team and know that he will continue to shine as a Razorback."
Those who would like to apply for the Arkansas Travelers Broadcast position are encouraged to email a resume, demo and writing samples to [email protected] or mail them to P.O. Box 3177, Little Rock, AR 72203. Applications will be accepted through November 14, 2014.