Jim Hawthorne begins his 31st 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 38 years, Hawthorne also handles men's basketball and baseball broadcasts on the LSU Sports Radio Network. He has been at the microphone for both the 2004 and 2008 BCS National Championship games that LSU won. He also called 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.
In addition, he hosts the weekly one-hour live call-in radio shows with the football, baseball head coaches, as well as serving as the host for "Inside LSU Baseball."
Hawthorne has done play-by-play from the high school to the professional levels, including Northwestern State, Centenary College, Texas League Baseball and World Football League broadcasts. 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, one granddaughter and two grandsons.