01/12/2006 11:05 AM ET
Chicago White Sox and WSCR Radio announce new on-air team
White Sox alumni Chris Singleton to join Ed Farmer in White Sox radio booth
CHICAGO -- The World Series Champion Chicago White Sox and WSCR Radio (670 AM) have announced that former White Sox outfielder Chris Singleton has been hired as color commentator for the club's radio broadcasts. Singleton will join All-Star pitcher and veteran radio broadcaster Ed Farmer, who signed a five-year extension in September. Farmer will assume the play-by-play duties.
Singleton and Farmer will make their White Sox radio debut on Wednesday, March 1 when WSCR airs the first of 15 Cactus League spring training games from Tucson. The pregame show will start 10 minutes before the 2:00 p.m. CST game time.
"We are excited to welcome Chris back to the White Sox organization," said Brooks Boyer, White Sox vice president of marketing and broadcasting. "Like most of our coaching staff, Chris has a history with the club and understands what the organization means to its fans. Teaming Chris with Ed Farmer will give our listeners great insight to the pitcher-hitter battle, in depth understanding of game strategy and planning, and will bring every White Sox game to life for our listeners. Anyone who knows Chris will welcome him back with open arms."
Singleton, 33, played six seasons in the major leagues with the White Sox (1999-2001), Baltimore (2002), Oakland (2003) and Tampa Bay (2005), hitting .273 (609-2,230) with 45 home runs and 276 RBI in 704 games. His best season came with the Sox in 1999, when he set career highs with a .300 average, 31 doubles, 17 home runs and 72 RBI to finish sixth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting. Singleton played in the postseason with the White Sox in 2000 and Oakland in 2003.
"Chris understands today's game and today's players. He will give our listeners the proprietary insight that the fans have come to expect," said Paul Agase, general manager for WSCR Radio.
"I'm thrilled to have this opportunity, because my wife and I always felt that Chicago was our second home," said Singleton. "I remember as a rookie, when I first began to do interviews, people always said I should pursue a career in broadcasting when my playing days were over. I guess that planted the seed, and to have the opportunity come with the White Sox is really gratifying. I have many great memories here and I am pleased to return to the White Sox family."
Singleton originally was acquired by the White Sox from the New York Yankees on December 8, 1999 in exchange for pitcher Rich Pratt. He was traded by the Sox to Baltimore on January 29, 2002 in return for infielder Willie Harris. Singleton and his wife, LaShunda, have three children and reside in Dacula, Georgia.
WSCR and the White Sox announced a five-year agreement in June 2005, making WSCR the team's exclusive flagship radio station beginning in 2006. Under the agreement, WSCR will broadcast 15 spring training and 162 regular-season White Sox games during each of the next five seasons.