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August 5, 2013

Marblehead native continues to make his mark on ESPN Radio airwaves

The voice has been unmistakable on ESPN Radio’s “SportsCenter” — the gold standard of network radio sports in America — for 15 years.

You will hear him providing the 60-second “SportsCenter” news reports four times an hour in the afternoons or evenings any day of the week, though most recently he has been working the 4-10 p.m. shift Thursdays and Fridays and the afternoon shift on weekends.

It’s the rock-solid authoritative voice of Marblehead’s own Doug Brown, almost as familiar a sound to ESPN Radio listeners as many of the gents who host the shows on which he appears.

“It’s been a quick 15 years, let me tell you,” says Brown, 56, a Marblehead High and Boston University graduate who also can be heard providing play-by-play of Boston University men’s basketball during the winter on 1510 AM. That stint’s been going on for an even longer stretch: 25 years, four of those on television, way back when Channel 68 was known as WABU, owned by Boston University.

It’s all part of a remarkable career in broadcasting that started at WHEB in Portsmouth, N.H., while Brown was a student at BU. That job was as a disc jockey. His first gig in Boston was as editor/producer of the Jess Cain morning show on longtime AM powerhouse WHDH. Those were the days when Cain, one of the funniest personalities ever to grace the Boston airwaves, was the No. 1-rated program drive-time in the Hub.

When Dan Davis, Cain’s former sidekick, left WHDH to begin a 20-year stint working for ESPN Radio from the network’s first airing on Jan. 1, 1992, little did Brown know that Davis would be his entrée to ESPN Radio soon thereafter.

“I was juggling different jobs in Boston when Dan shared one of my tapes with his ESPN bosses,” Brown, a 1974 Marblehead High graduate, said. “I got hired and commuted weekends to Bristol (Connecticut, home of ESPN) for seven years. “I was doing Red Sox and Celtics studio hosting, pre- and post-game stuff, did a lot of college sports, even did 15-to-20 Red Sox play-by-play games while Sean McDonough did his national work weekends for CBS. I also had some time at Channel 38 before the Red Sox and Bruins went to NESN.

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