April 7, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Tim Newton was named Purdue football radio play-by-play announcer in a joint announcement by the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Purdue Sports Properties today.
Newton, who has served as pregame, halftime and postgame host, as well as producer on Purdue football broadcasts since 1995, replaces Joe McConnell, who retired at the conclusion of the 2009 season following 15 years in the booth. Newton also will serve as host of the "Danny Hope Show" on radio and television. He will continue as the radio play-by-play voice of Purdue women's basketball, a position he has held since 1990.
"I am grateful to the Purdue athletics department, Purdue Sports Properties and Learfield Sports for this opportunity," said Newton, who also serves as emcee of the Downtown Gridiron Club, which meets weekly during the football season to hear from head coach Danny Hope. "It's a privilege and an honor to follow a legend like Joe McConnell. Follow is the correct term because you don't replace someone like him. The opportunity to learn from masters of the craft such as John DeCamp and Joe has been invaluable in my career."
Purdue Sports Properties (PSP), a property of Learfield Sports, manages the Boilermakers' multimedia rights and statewide radio network. Learfield Sports manages the multimedia rights to more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations and conducted a national search in conjunction with the local PSP entity. Newton emerged from a pool of more than two dozen candidates, including seven finalists. His hiring was approved by athletics director Morgan Burke; senior administrators Nancy Cross, Barb Kapp and Tom Schott; and Hope.
"After a lengthy search, we are thrilled that Tim has accepted the role as the voice of Purdue football," said Dean Fredette, general manager of Purdue Sports Properties. "Tim brings an abundance of energy and passion for Purdue to this position, and our radio broadcast team will continue to be one of the finest in the country."
Former Boilermaker center Pete Quinn will return for his 19th season as color commentator, and Rob Blackman will assume Newton's former role of pregame, halftime and postgame host and producer.
"Tim clearly has a passion for Purdue athletics," Hope said. "He is easy-going and enjoyable to be around. He's a professional with a dry sense of humor. I'm excited to have him as the voice of the Boilermaker Nation."
A 1981 Purdue graduate, Newton is the director of external relations and communications for the Krannert School of Management. He previously worked for the Purdue News Service and the Purdue Alumni Association, where he was editor of the Purdue Alumnus from 1992 to 1999. He served as sports director at WASK radio in Lafayette from 1982 to 1986 and received the UPI state award for high school football play-by-play in 1983.
"I think we have an outstanding crew in place, both on and off the air," Newton said. "I also believe that Danny Hope is going to do great things with this program. I can't wait until this fall when we can convey the excitement of Boilermaker football to our faithful fans."
Newton and his wife, Susan, have two children, Emily and Aaron.