BANGOR, Maine — Toby Nelson, the sports director at WZON-AM 620, has hired a Bangor native to help him handle play-by-play and color analyst chores.
Wes Hart made his WZON play-by-play debut last week working the Senior Little League World Series with Nelson. They swapped play-by-play and color analyst duties for the pool play games involving Maine District 3 champion Hampden-Newburgh as well as the semifinals and championship game between Guatemala City and Lemon Grove, Calif.
The 24-year-old Hart is a New England School of Communications student who will graduate with a degree in communications in December.
He is penciled in to do high school football, soccer, basketball, baseball and softball broadcasts and could also do hockey games.
“He is one of the best students I’ve ever had,” said Nelson, who also teaches at NESCOM on the Husson University campus in Bangor. “He’s probably the most prepared student I’ve ever had. He thinks well on his feet, he’s always well prepared, he’s smart and he has a good voice.”
Nelson said he “couldn’t be happier” with the way things went during the Senior Little League World Series.
“It went smoothly. There were no problems at all,” said Nelson, who intends to hire another announcer shortly.
Hart, who will be paid on a game-by-game basis, said he was excited about the opportunity.
“There’s no better gig around here,” said Hart, a 2005 Bangor High School graduate. “There’s no better experience than to get to do games. Starting with the Senior League World Series was awesome. It’s truly a world-wide event.”
“I’m pretty lucky to have the opportunity to cover local events especially considering that I’m from around here,” added Hart.
He said he wasn’t nervous.
“I believe if you’ve been given an opportunity, it means you’ve earned your way there,” said Hart, who has done play-by-play for several Husson University sports including men’s and women’s lacrosse.
He has also served as a sideline reporter at high school basketball tournament games.
Nelson was the NESCOM instructor who taught Hart in his sports play-by-play class.
“To have him bring me in to work alongside him was pretty cool. We have a good relationship,” said Hart.
He did admit it was daunting knowing that the games were streamed on the Internet all over the world.
Hart has always loved sports and comes from a sports-minded family.
His father, Dan, was inducted into the inaugural Woodside Priory High School (Calif.) Sports Hall of Fame and his mother, Carrie (Bates), played basketball at the University of Notre Dame and was an assistant girls basketball coach at Bangor High School.
Hart took three years off after high school and a semester at the University of Maine before discovering NESCOM.
“I was interested in broadcasting games and when enough people came up to me and suggested I look into it, I googled broadcasting schools and NESCOM came up first thing,” said Hart. “I thought, ‘Holy cow, here was a school sitting less than a mile from my home.’”
He said he has had a great experience at NESCOM and said he is also grateful to Husson University for allowing them to broadcast their games.