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Thursday June 26, 2008 11:17 AM

Voice of the Rockets


Craig Ackerman Named Rockets New Radio Play-by-Play Announcer

HOUSTON – The Houston Rockets announced today the naming of Craig Ackerman as the new radio play-by-play announcer for the team. Ackerman takes the reigns from legendary play-by-play man Gene Peterson, who was the “Voice of the Rockets” for 33 seasons, after the long-time duo of Peterson and Jim Foley stepped aside from the microphones at the end of the 2007-08 season following an amazing 21 years together on the Rockets Radio Network.

“Craig has been a key member of the Rockets organization for the past 14 years,” said Rockets CEO Tad Brown. “He has some big shoes to fill, but his energetic style and passion for the Rockets will carry on the great radio tradition that Gene and Jim established over their tremendous careers.”

A 14-year member of the Rockets organization, Ackerman moves into his new role after serving five seasons as the studio host and substitute play-by-play announcer for Rockets radio broadcasts. Ackerman also filled in as radio analyst for games during both the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons.

“First and foremost I want to thank Mr. Alexander and the entire Rockets organization. I am truly grateful for this opportunity,” said Ackerman. “It’s an honor to be named as the successor to Gene Peterson and Jim Foley, who have meant so much to me both personally and professionally. I am looking forward to calling my first year of Rockets basketball and can’t wait for the season to begin.”

From 2006-08, Ackerman has worked as the radio and television play-by-play announcer for the Houston Comets of the WNBA. He also called action for football and men’s basketball for the University of Houston. From 1997-2000, Ackerman was a member of the Rice Owls Radio Network. He was the sideline reporter for Rice football, as well as the play-by-play man and color analyst for the Rice men’s and women’s basketball programs. Ackerman previously worked as a play-by-play announcer, color analyst and studio host for the Houston ThunderBears of the Arena Football League.

Ackerman’s on-air experience also includes work for NBA TV, including as an anchor/reporter covering the 2006 NBA All-Star Weekend in Houston.