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Mr. Dewayne Staats - 1975 BA, Mass Communications

Anchor, FOX Sports Florida and Tampa Bay Rays

Dewayne Staats has been the television announcer of Major League Baseball's Tampa Bay Rays since the team was founded in 1998. He anchors Fox Sports Florida and Sun Sports Emmy Award winning Rays television broadcasts as the play-by-play voice. Before joining the Rays, Dewayne spent three years calling play-by-play for ESPN in a variety of sports, including MLB and NCAA baseball, basketball, and football. Staats began his Major League career as the radio and TV voice of the Houston Astros, then called radio and TV action for the Chicago Cubs. He was lead play-by-play announcer for the New York Yankees carried by the MSG-TV network, and spent two seasons calling the action for The Baseball Network (ABC/NBC). He has also handled MLB play-by-play assignments for Fox Sports National.

Staats was nominated for the Ford C. Frick Award, which is presented annually by the National Baseball Hall of Fame to recognize excellence in baseball broadcasting. Dewayne was recently listed among baseball's top 101 all-time announcers by author Curt Smith. He was named recipient of the SIUE Distinguished Alumnus of the Year Award in 1987 and is a Lifetime member of the SIUE Alumni Association. He is also a member of the 2010 SIUE Alumni Hall of Fame.

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