Radio Play-by-Play Announcer
Sean Kelley enters his 12th season as the radio play-by-play voice of the New Orleans Pelicans in 2016-17. In addition to his duties with the Pelicans, he also serves as the host of The Black and Blue Report, a 30-minute online radio show that focuses on news surrounding the Pelicans and Saints organizations, including exclusive interviews with players, coaches and executives from both franchises.
Prior to joining the Pelicans full time, Kelley spent two seasons as the primary radio studio host while also doing occasional play-by-play work in a fill-in role on the team’s radio broadcasts.
Kelley served as the voice of the Tulane Green Wave from 2002-2005. While in that role, he provided play-by-play for the school’s football, basketball and baseball action. He was also the host of the Tulane coach’s television and radio shows. In addition to his work at Tulane, Kelley filled in as both radio play-by-play announcer and public address announcer for the New Orleans Zephyrs, the city’s AAA baseball franchise.
Prior to his work with Tulane, Kelley was with KFRU-AM in Columbia, Mo., from 1998-2002. He was the station’s sports director, anchor and host while doing play-by-play for the University of Missouri baseball team and also spent two years as the pre-game, halftime and post-game host for the Missouri Tiger Radio Network. Kelley’s broadcast experience during that time also included work on the prep circuit announcing football and basketball on radio and television in Missouri and Illinois.
Kelley earned a degree in broadcast journalism from Southern Illinois University. He provided play-by-play for the Southern Illinois baseball and women’s basketball teams from 1996-1998 and also spent time as sports director, anchor and host at WTAO-FM in Carbondale, Ill. Throughout his career, Kelley has worked as a talk show host, anchor and reporter at various special events, including the ACC Basketball Tournament. Away from basketball, Kelley serves as a firefighter with St. Tammany Parish Fire District 13.