Hill, a Tacoma native and Washington State grad, replaces longtime producer/engineer Kevin Cremin, who retired following the 2017 season after 35 years in the role.
Gary Hill Jr. had already become familiar to Mariners fans, who regularly listen to the radio broadcast, as a fill-in play-by-play man, a pregame and postgame host and creator/host of the organization’s daily podcast during the season.
But now, he will join the Mariners’ radio broadcast team on a full-time basis. On Thursday, the team announced that Hill was named as the executive producer/engineer for the organization’s radio broadcast.
“Gary is like a five-tool ballplayer,” said Kevin Martinez, the Mariners senior vice president of marketing and communications, in a statement. “He can do it all. He’s a creative producer, host, play-by-play announcer, content creator and he has a knack for translating statistics so the numbers tell a story. We’re excited about what Gary will bring to Mariners baseball as a full-time member of our broadcast team.”
A native of Tacoma and a Washington State alum with degrees in communications and psychology, Hill gushed about the opportunity.
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“Since childhood, the answer to the question ‘What do you want to do with your life?’ has always been ‘I want to be part of the Mariners broadcast team.’ It’s what I’ve always hoped for,” he said in statement. “I remember as a little kid, I had this old clock radio that I’d pull near my bed when I was supposed to be sleeping and I’d turn it on just to hear the end of the ballgame. I had to be careful because the volume button was broken, so if I twisted it a little too far it would get loud and I’d get caught. I had to keep it low to hear the final couple of innings with Dave (Niehaus) on the radio every night.”
He replaces longtime producer/engineer Kevin Cremin, who retired after this past season, ending a 35-year run in that role.
“I don’t think anyone has helped me more in my broadcasting career,” Hill said.
Hill joins the returning regular broadcast crew of Rick Rizz, Dave Sims, Aaron Goldsmith and Mike Blowers.
He graduated from Washington State University in 2000 with a B.A. in Communications and a B.S. in Psychology.
Besides his previous part-time work with the Mariners, he has also appeared on local radio in a variety of other sports, serving as play-by-play for baseball (University of Washington, Washington State University), softball (University of Washington), basketball (Seattle Storm, Seattle University, University of Puget Sound, The Evergreen State College) and football (University of Puget Sound). He is currently the voice of the University of Washington women’s basketball team.
Hill and his wife, Mary, live in Des Moines with their son, Baker, and daughter, Finley.