An update from ECU AD Jon Gilbert

Published 8:00 am Wednesday, August 9, 2023

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Pirate Nation:

After discussions this week concerning the Director of Broadcasting and Voice of the Pirates position, we have decided to move forward on an interim basis with plans to reopen the search in 2024.

PlayFly has reached an agreement with veteran broadcaster Jim Szoke (Zoe-Kee) to handle play-by-play duties for ECU Football games this fall. Jim is in his 29th season with the Carolina Panthers Network where he serves as color commentator, pregame and postgame host along with handling preseason play-by-play duties in past years.

Jim is currently the sports director and a Hall of Fame broadcaster at WBT Radio in Charlotte for 29 years. In addition, Jim performs play-by-play duties for select Winthrop University basketball games on ESPN+. Other past play-by-play work includes Touchdown Radio Network, Raycom Sports, Charlotte Hornets, Charlotte Knights, Charlotte 49ers and Davidson Wildcats.

We are thankful for Jim and his ability to manage both Pirate football and his obligations with the Carolina Panthers in the fall. From my conversations with Jim, I know he is excited to dive into Pirate football over the next month. We are looking forward to having him around this fall.