Provus to join Twins' radio broadcast team

Provus to join Twins' radio broadcast team

Provus to join Twins' radio broadcast team
MINNEAPOLIS -- Cory Provus will be joining the Twins' radio broadcast team starting next season, the club announced Thursday.

Provus, who is replacing the recently retired John Gordon, will partner with former Twins outfielder and returning broadcaster Dan Gladden in sharing play-by-play and analyst duties for all regular-season and postseason games as well as 25 Spring Training games to be aired exclusively on 1500 ESPN and the team's 88-station radio network.

Provus said the decision to join the Twins' radio broadcast team was a "no-brainer," and that he'd love to follow Gordon's footsteps by spending 25 years with the organization.

"I hope so," Provus said at an introductory press conference at Target Field. "There are only 30 of these jobs in the world. So if you get one, especially in this kind of town with this kind of ballpark, you hold onto it for as long as you can."

Provus, 33, spent the last three seasons with the Brewers, sharing play-by-play responsibilities with Hall of Famer Bob Uecker on WTMJ-AM and the Brewers Radio Network.

"The Minnesota Twins are thrilled to have this opportunity to introduce one of baseball's rising broadcast stars to fans across Twins Territory," Twins president Dave St. Peter said. "Cory Provus' broadcast style, baseball acumen and sense of humor will be a strong complement to the outstanding work of Danny Gladden and the balance of the TIBN talent. In my mind, Cory, Dan and company are certain to carry forward the tremendous legacy of Twins radio established by the likes of Halsey Hall, Herb Carneal and John Gordon."

Provus beat out more than 110 candidates to replace Gordon, according to Twins senior director of broadcasting and game presentation Andy Price. The Twins were impressed with Provus' work in the postseason with the Brewers and listened to at least 25 full games to get a feel for his broadcasting style before interviewing him after the Brewers were eliminated in the National League Championship Series in mid-October.

"It was a tough decision on many fronts," Price said. "We had a great candidate here locally in Kris Atteberry, who has been working with us for five years doing pre- and postgame. And we had other great candidates but they were passed over for one reason, and that's because we found the best guy for the job."

Provus called it an honor to be replacing Gordon, who is beloved in Minnesota and known for his trademark "Touch 'Em All" call when a Twins player homered. He said he first met Gordon in 2009 at the Metrodome, and that it was Gordon who first asked him if he'd be interested in the job in June when the Brewers were in town for Interleague Play.

"He introduced himself and spent 10 minutes with me, and I never forgot that," Provus said. "I consider John a friend. And for me, this process began in June, when he asked me about the job and it went from there. John is a legend. He's pure class, so I have big shoes to fill."

Provus also said he's excited to work with Gladden, who will be his partner in the booth. Gladden played with the Twins for five years and was a member of Minnesota's World Series winning teams in '87 and '91.

"I'm going to bounce a lot off Dan," Provus said. "I remember his era, and that's important to me. I want to connect that. The history of the game is important to me."

Provus began his MLB broadcast career in 2007 as the Cubs' pre- and postgame host. He also handled play-by-play duties, backing up Pat Hughes during games, and anchored the morning and afternoon drive sportscasts as a reporter for WGN-AM in Chicago.

Prior to his work with the Cubs, Provus was the voice of the University of Alabama-Birmingham Blazers in 2006. While at UAB, he handled radio play-by-play for UAB football, men's basketball and baseball, and was named the 2006 Radio Sportscaster of the Year by the Alabama Broadcasters Association.

Provus has also handled play-by-play for the Conference USA Football Championship game, the ACC Men's Basketball Tournament and various play-by-play duties for Georgia Tech, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech baseball, football and basketball.

But he said baseball is his favorite sport to call, and added he's excited to remain in radio broadcasting because of the freedom it provides.

"Baseball has always been my first love," Provus said. "I grew up in the Chicagoland area as a third-generation Cubs fan. We were raised on WGN radio in my house. So even as a kid, I knew that baseball and radio was a great partnership. I love radio and the challenge of being descriptive."

A graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Provus also worked at WAER-FM in Syracuse from 1996-2000, handling radio play-by-play and acting as studio host for Orange football, basketball and lacrosse.

Provus will officially start his new role in January with participation in the Twins Winter Caravan and TwinsFest. A native of Highland Park, Ill., Provus and his wife, Dana, will be relocating to the Twin Cities in advance of the 2012 season.

"What I'm thrilled about it is that when I got hired in Chicago and Milwaukee, it was right before Spring Training, so I'm thrilled that this happened now so I can participate in January at those events," Provus said. "Now I'll get a chance to meet people in January, so when we get to Spring Training it won't be foreign to me."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.