Jim Hawthorne begins his 32nd year as the “Voice of the Tigers” and the Anacoco, La., native has established himself as one of the top play-by-play men in all of collegiate athletics.
A veteran of calling the action for more than 40 years, Hawthorne also handles men’s basketball and baseball broadcasts on the LSU Sports Radio Network. He has been at the microphone for LSU’s 2003 and 2007 BCS National Championships, along with LSU’s six national titles in baseball and three Final Four appearances in men’s basketball.
As LSU’s Director of Broadcasting, Hawthorne is responsible for the broadcast content, personnel and equipment for all network broadcasts on one of the most powerful collegiate radio networks in the nation.
Hawthorne also plays host to weekly, one-hour live call-in shows with the football and baseball head coaches, as well as serving as the host for “Inside LSU Baseball.”
Hawthorne has done play-by-play from high school to professional levels, including Northwestern State, Centenary College, Texas League Baseball and World Football League. Hawthorne is married to the former Juanita Carol Thomason, also of Anacoco, and has a son, Joseph William, two daughters, Jaime Lynn and Amanda Ruth, two granddaughters, two grandsons and one great granddaughter.