UTEP Announcer Nominated For Baseball Honor
Pssst. Don’t tell UTEP athletic director Bob Stull, but baseball was Jon Teicher’s first love. Teicher is so well known as radio announcer of UTEP football and basketball games that it’s easy to forget that he was once very much involved in baseball. In fact, he was an important member of the El Paso Diablos during some of the team’s golden years. He’s already been inducted into the El Paso Athletic Hall of Fame. This past week, I nominated him for induction into the El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame as well. Election for induction into the baseball hall will be held Sept. 14. The induction banquet will be held in October at Lancers Club East.
TEICHER FREELY admits that baseball was his favorite sport as a youth. In fact, one of his first radio announcing jobs was calling baseball games for his college radio station at UCLA. That was KLA-AM in 1975. He went on to call other UCLA sports, including women’s basketball, and quickly rose to sports director then general manager of the station.
Luckily for us, he landed his first professional job in this area. New Mexico State hired him to do football and basketball games in 1980. He was on a 10-station radio network, including KASK-FM in Las Cruces.
EL PASO DIDN’T waste any time latching on to him. Time Warner Cable got him to do television play-by-play for selected El Paso Diablos home baseball games the same year. That set him off on a career that has delighted local viewers and listeners with his crystal-clear voice, stumble-free delivery and almost uncanny depth of knowledge of sports.
He has treated us to sports talk shows, vivid play-by-play descriptions of different sports, coaches’ shows, post-game shows and more.
On top of that, he has contributed to the development of sports behind the mike.
BUT WE’RE here to talk about his baseball contributions.
From 1980 to 1983, he did play-by-play announcing of El Paso Diablos games, both on radio and on Time Warner Cable television. He quickly became known as “The Voice of the El Paso Diablos.”
He was so good other teams came calling. In 1985, he was hired to do play by play baseball for the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast League, a class AAA affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies in Oregon.
And in 1987, he was signed to do play by play for the Wichita Pilots of the Texas League in Kansas. He did all home and away games for station KNSS-AM radio.
HE RETURNED to El Paso and from 1988 to 1992 he did play by play for the El Paso Diablos, who were then an affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. He did all of the clubs’ 136 games, home and away.
At the same time, he became account representative of the El Paso Diablos. He carried a client list and serviced existing clients as well as developed new ones.
And just for good measure, he helped me edit Bob Ingram’s book on the history of professional baseball in El Paso, titled “Baseball: From Browns to Diablos.”
All in all, he worked nine years for Diablos owner Jim Paul, 6 1/2 years at Dudley Field and 2 at Cohen Stadium.
ALL THE WHILE, Teicher was doing football and basketball games for UTEP and eventually became a full time member of the athletic staff. Today, he carries two titles at the school. One is the same as the one he held with the Diablos, that of account representative. The other is that of Assistant Athletics Director/Broadcasting. As the latter, he oversees all UTEP athletics broadcasts.
Ironically, UTEP doesn’t have baseball. Nevertheless, Jon Teicher, his wife Pam and their two children (Ethan and Devin) are very happy at UTEP.
El Pasoans are, too.
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