New Jersey native Tom McCarthy joins Howie Rose as the new full time Mets play-by-play announcer in the WFAN Sports Radio 66 broadcast booth for the 2006 Season. McCarthy comes to WFAN after five seasons as a broadcaster with the Philadelphia Phillies.
The 37-year-old graduate of the College of New Jersey hosted the Phillies’ pre-and-post game shows and most recently was one of the club’s full-time play-by-play broadcasters.
Tom also serves as the play-by-play voice of St. Joseph’s University men’s and women’s basketball as well as serving as a play-by-play broadcaster for College Sports Television (CSTV).
A former sportswriter for the Trenton Times, McCarthy began his career in broadcasting in 1991 when he handled play-by-play for the College of New Jersey football team on WTTM 920 AM in Trenton.
In 1993, McCarthy was named Director of Public and Media Relations, as well as radio broadcaster, for the Trenton Thunder, then the Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers. Following the l995 baseball season, McCarthy was hired as the play-by-play voice of Princeton University’s football and basketball teams.
In the fall of 2001 McCarthy became the play-by-play announcer for Rutgers University Football. Tom remained at Rutgers for three years before leaving to do football on television on CSTV.
During his time with the Thunder, McCarthy won numerous publication awards for his work on the team’s yearbook and media guide, and, in September of 2000, McCarthy was awarded a Mid-Atlantic Emmy for his play-by-play work with the Thunder on television. In September of 1996, McCarthy was promoted to Assistant General Manager of the Thunder. He remained with the Thunder front office until the end of the 1999 season when he left to begin his own sports talk show on ESPN Radio 1680 AM. He also later hosted a sports talk show on ESPN 920 in the Philadelphia area. Although Tom left the Thunder front office at the end of 1999 to concentrate on his broadcasting career, he stayed with the club on the radio through the 2000 season before being hired by the Phillies.
While with the Phillies, Tom won several awards for his work, including a Philadelphia A.I.R. Award for his pre-game show in 2002 and for his baseball play-by-play in the fall of 2004.
McCarthy has also been a frequent national radio host on ESPN radio and, in the fall of 2003, authored his first book called “Baseball in Trenton.”
A 1986 graduate of Brick Memorial High School and a 1990 graduate of TCNJ, Tom and his wife Meg have four children: Patrick (10), Tommy (8), Maggie (5) and Kerri (3), and live in Allentown, NJ.