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Orioles Talent

Tom Davis, Guest Host of Orioles Xtra

Davis_Tom-165x235.jpgBaltimore native Tom Davis is a 35-year veteran of Charm City sports broadcasting. He hosted Orioles telecasts on HTS from 1984-2002, as well as anchoring the pre-game show.

Tom was sports director for WQSR (105.7FM) throughout the 1990s, doing updates and commentary on the station's "Rouse & Company" morning show. He also produced and hosted the popular TV show "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" (during the baseball season) and "Touchdown Baltimore" with Johnny Unitas (during football season).

A 5-time winner of the Maryland Sportscaster of the Year Award, Tom began his career as a weekend sportscaster for WBAL-TV in the early 1970s and twice worked at WCBM-AM.

Tom also has worked for NBC-TV, where he did play-by-play for NFL games in 1986. On NBC Radio, he did play-by-play for the 1987 Gator Bowl and the 1987 AFC playoff game between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns. He also served as host for NBC Radio's coverage of the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, Korea, as well as doing play-by-play for men's basketball and boxing. He has done play-by-play on a number of college football games for the Mutual Radio Network and was a sideline reporter for ABC-TV's coverage of the USFL in 1983-1984.

Tom also served as a play-by-play announcer for the first game played at Baltimore's PSINet (now M&T; Bank) Stadium on August 8, 1998, an exhibition between the Ravens and Chicago Bears. He lists one of his greatest thrills as calling Cal Ripken's 400th career home run in 1999.

Rick Dempsey, Color Analyst/ Co-Host of Orioles Xtra

Dempsey_Rick-160x235.jpgDempsey has spent 34 seasons in professional baseball as a player, scout and manager. In 2002 Rick became first base coach and catching instructor for the Baltimore Orioles. Previously, he was the Los Angeles Dodgers' bullpen coach.

After his playing days in Baltimore, Rick signed as a free agent with Cleveland in 1987. He left the Orioles having caught more games than anyone in club history. A reserve role with the Dodgers came after Cleveland and after a year in Milwaukee, Rick returned to Baltimore to finish his memorable career in 1992.

Many standout moments come from appearances in 11 league championship series and 14 World Series games, including 2 championships. As 1983's World Series MVP, Dempsey batted .385 with the game-winning RBI in Game Two. He added a home run and double in the Game Five clincher to beat the Phillies for the title.

This past decade he has managed minor league teams for the Dodgers, Mets and in the International League in addition to serving as advance scout for the Rockies. Dempsey was previously as a television analyst for Comcast SportsNet.

Jim Hunter, Play-by-Play / Host of Orioles Xtra

Hunter_Jim-160x235.jpgVeteran broadcaster Jim Hunter is in his 11th year as a member of the Orioles broadcast team. This season Jim will work extensively on Mid-Atlantic Sports Network (MASN). He will host Orioles Xtra, MASN's new pre and post-game shows, sharing the studio with Orioles Hall of Famer Rick Dempsey. Jim will also call games on MASN working with Buck Martinez or Jim Palmer. Hunter was originally named as the Orioles' radio announcer on February 5, 1997 and brings to the booth 29 years of diversified broadcasting experience that ranges from Major League Baseball to the NFL to the Olympic Games.

Hunter, 48, came to Baltimore from CBS Radio Sports, where he had been since 1982. He had been a member of the network's "Game of the Week" announcing team since 1986. He broadcast the American League Championship Series, teaming with Hall of Famer Johnny Bench from 1990-92, and with the Orioles first radio voice, Ernie Harwell, in 1993. In 1995, he called the National League Division Series and the NLCS, teaming with Jerry Coleman. In 1996, he called the National League Division Series in which the Atlanta Braves beat the St. Louis Cardinals in a thrilling 7-game series. In addition, Hunter hosted "Inside Pitch," the CBS Radio Sunday Night Baseball pre-game show.

During the off-season, Jim makes several appearances in the community on behalf of the ballclub, as well as helping various charities. He is an active part of the Johns Hopkins Pediatric Oncology Friends Committee, which annually raises money for cancer research for children.

When Jim began his career at CBS in '82, he served as the Saturday evening anchor of Sports Central USA. He was later assigned to host Sportsbreak, a daily feature heard on CBS Radio from 1984-87. It was in 1987 that Jim was named full weekend anchor of Sports Central USA.

Jim's experience is varied and all-inclusive. In 1992 from Albertville, France and again in 1994 from Lillehammer, Norway, Hunter served as a studio anchor for CBS Radio's network coverage of the Winter Olympic Games. Also, he was the host for the NFL Preview and NFL pre-game and halftime reports. Jim has covered 12 Super Bowls. He began his broadcasting career in 1978 at WJLK Radio in Asbury Park, NJ.

A native of New Jersey, Hunter is a 1973 graduate of St. Benedict School and a 1977 graduate of St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, NJ. He was inducted into his high school's athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. He attended Brookdale Community College and is a 1982 graduate of Seton Hall University in South Orange, NJ with a BA in Communication Arts.

His peers have recognized Hunter for his accomplishments on several occasions. In 2002, he was named Maryland Sportscaster of the Year by The National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He also received the prestigious Radio/TV Media Excellence Award from the New Jersey Sportswriters Association in 1998.

Hunter resides in Fallston, MD with his wife Bonnie. They have three children. Jimmy (22) and Jeff (20) are students at York College of Pennsylvania, and Allie (16) is a sophomore at Fallston High School. They also have a faithful 2 year old Springer Spaniel named "Bobby".

Buck Martinez, Color Analyst

Martinez_Buck-160x235.jpgBuck Martinez returns for his sixth season as an Orioles television analyst, bringing a wealth of baseball experience to the broadcast booth.

In addition to his Orioles duties, Martinez enters his third year as a co-host on "MLB This Morning," a news-magazine style baseball show that airs weekday mornings on XM Satellite Radio, and he will continue his work as an analyst on ESPN's Wednesday night national MLB telecasts in 2007.

Martinez' extensive resume includes over 30 years as a player and manager in the American League and over 22 years of experience in baseball broadcasting on television and radio. Beginning in 1967 when he was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies, Martinez spent 23 years as a catcher in professional baseball with the Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. He appeared in the postseason with Kansas City in 1976, batting .333 in the 5-game ALCS against the New York Yankees, and wrote two books about his experiences with the Blue Jays, "From Worst to First" (1985) and "The Last Out" (1986).

Martinez, 59, also served as manager for Toronto in 2001 and part of the 2002 season.

His first experience with broadcasting came in 1982, when he covered the American League Championship Series, the World Series and the All-Star Game for the Telemedia Radio Network. Martinez' television broadcast career began in 1987 as a color commentator for the Toronto Blue Jays on The Sports Network. He began working with ESPN radio and television in 1992, a position he held through the 2002 season. In 1995, Martinez was awarded a Sports EMMY Award for his work on ESPN's coverage of Cal Ripken's 2,131st consecutive game.

A California native, Martinez attended Sacramento City College, Sacramento State University, and Central Missouri State University. He and his wife, Arlene, reside in Clearwater, FL.

Jim Palmer, Color Analyst

Palmer_Jim-160x235.jpgA Baltimore Orioles pitching legend and Hall-of-Famer, Jim Palmer has served as an analyst for Orioles Television for 15 seasons. He has worked as an analyst on ABC-TV for 13 years and also spent time with ESPN, where he was nominated for a CableACE award after one season.

Without doubt the finest pitcher in Orioles history, Palmer is one of the six players to have his uniform number (22) retired. In the 20 years (1965-'84) he spent with the Orioles, Palmer put his name atop the record books for wins (268), losses (152), games (558), innings pitched (3,948), shutouts (53), complete games (211), strikeouts (2,212), and walks (1,311).

He earned three Cy Young Awards (1973, 1975, 1976). Palmer also started and went the distance to win pennant clinching games four times (1966, 1969, 1970, 1971) and was 8-3 in postseason play.

In 1966, at 20 years old, Palmer became the youngest pitcher ever to throw a World Series shutout, and in 1983 he became the only hurler to win a World Series game in each of three decades.

Amber Theoharis, Sideline Reporter

Theoharis_Amber-160x235.jpgAmber Theoharis has been a sports anchor and reporter at FOX45 in Baltimore since 2004. Prior to joining the FOX45 team, Amber worked in Columbus, Ohio at the ABC and FOX affiliate stations as sports anchor/reporter. Prior to Columbus, Amber worked in the largest television market in the country, New York City, for WNBC-TV. Her experience there includes live coverage of the 2003 blackout from the WNBC helicopter.

She also worked as a freelance sports anchor and host at College Sports Television (CSTV) where she covered the 2003 World Series and the NBA Draft. Amber began her career behind the scenes at WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C.

Amber has also held on-air positions at WBOC-TV in Salisbury, MD and News 12 Long Island in New York. A native of Middletown, Maryland, Amber earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maryland.

She's a hardcore Maryland Terrapins fan and is thrilled to be back in her hometown covering her favorite team.

Gary Thorne, Play-by-Play

Thorne_Gary-160x235.jpgGary Thorne is one of the most recognizable voices in sports broadcasting having covered Major League Baseball, the National Hockey League, the Olympics, NCAA basketball and NCAA hockey during his illustrious 30-year broadcasting career.

Thorne spent seven years at ABC Sports as a play-by-play commentator for the network's coverage of the National Hockey League. Since 1992 he has provided commentary for ESPN's "National Hockey Night" telecasts. In 1998, Thorne worked for CBS as a reporter during the Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan.

Thorne's first appearance on ESPN was in July 1988 for the inaugural Triple-A All-Star Game. He served as the original host and moderator in 1988 for "The Sports Reporters," the network's Sunday morning roundtable program.

From 1985-1988, Thorne covered the New York Mets as a radio broadcaster and returned to the Mets television booth in 1994.

In 1989, Thorne served as the voice of the Chicago White Sox on WFLD-TV and was a back up play-by-play announcer (behind Al Michaels) on ABC's Thursday night MLB telecasts. From 1990 to 1993 he called two primary MLB games per week. Thorne also served as an on-the-field reporter for the World Series and covered the World Series Trophy presentation for ABC.

Thorne has also done play-by-play on SportsChannel America's National Hockey League telecasts (1988-92) and New Jersey Devils telecasts on SportsChannel New York (1987-92). Prior to that, he was the play-by-play commentator and director of broadcasting for the Maine Guides (1984), a Triple-A ball club which he co-owned from 1984-88. He also covered University of Maine hockey games for WBGW-AM and WABI-TV and radio from 1977-86.

Thorne is a 1970 graduate of the University of Maine with a bachelor of science degree in business. He graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1973 and received a doctorate in law in 1976 from the Georgetown University Law Center. He is a former assistant district attorney in Bangor, Maine, and was admitted to the Bar of the United States Supreme Court in March 1977.