Spolane entrenched as voice of the GJ Rockies
No one will ever mistake Adam Spolane’s voice for distinguished vocal masters such as James Earl Jones, Vin Scully, Casey Kasem or even Elmer Fudd, but his voice has become very recognizable to baseball fans in Grand Junction.
As the voice of the Grand Junction Rockies, Spolane chuckles when he talks about his “radio” voice.
“The first time I ever heard it, it was one of the worst things I’ve ever heard,” he said.
This will be his third year with the local Rockies club, providing the play-by-play for all 76 games, which will be broadcast on KKVT-FM 100.7, “The Vault.”
Spolane, who is employed by the Grand Junction Rockies, started his broadcasting career during his junior year at the University of Indiana.
He wasn’t sure about broadcasting before then, though.
“During my senior year in high school I thought I wanted to be a writer at first, but I changed my mind and got into broadcasting,” he said.
One of the 29-year-old’s first jobs was announcing games for the Pensacola Pelicans, an independent Florida minor league team. He latched on with the Rockies organization in 2009 when he was the voice of the Casper Ghosts.
When the Ghosts went poof and the team moved to Grand Junction, Spolane was invited to tag along.
The move to Grand Junction has been splendid, Spolane said.
“It’s been great. The ball park (Suplizio Field) is night and day compared to what we had in Casper, and the fans here have been great for us,” he said. “A bad day (for attendance) here was a great day in Casper.”
Spolane said his goal is to try to learn all of the players’ names and get them down perfectly by the end of the first road trip. With new players coming in ever year, it’s a steep task.
He also said he enjoys watching the young players develop.
“They’re just getting their feet wet, and now this is their job, playing baseball,” he said. “To see them improve and get to know them is very rewarding.”
He also keeps track of former Grand Junction Rockies as well as others in the Rockies’ farm system.
“I’m always checking box scores at least once a week to see how they’re doing,” he said.
Just like the players and coaches, Spolane’s living arrangement for three months is with a host family.
“I’ve had the same host family and they are some of the best people I’ve ever been around,” he said.
When he’s not in Grand Junction for three months, he lives in Houston, where he works for Sports Radio 610. He covers news and a has sports talk show and covers the Rockets, Astros and other sports.