May 28, 2010
By Zak Gilbert
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Miami Dolphins once had a running back named Karim Abdul-Jabbar.
The Colorado State Rams now have a broadcaster named Tori Holt.
His time in the 40-yard dash might not be as fast as the current "Big Game" New England Patriots receiver with the same name, but CSU's Holt has a lot more quality broadcasting experience.
That's what led Nelligan Sports Marketing and the CSU athletic department this week to bring Holt on board as the Rams' new sideline reporter for football, and play-by-play man for women's basketball, on the Colorado State Radio Network.
For football game broadcasts, Holt will provide analysis and injury information from the CSU sideline and interview Head Coach Steve Fairchild and players from the Rams' locker room, teaming up with Voice of the Rams Brian Roth and color commentator Kevin McGlue. During the hoops season, he'll bring listeners all the accounts and descriptions from CSU women's basketball games and a team that returns every starter after posting its best season in five years. What's more, as part of the football pregame show, Holt will interview members of every CSU program to catch up listeners on sports that don't receive heavy publicity.
"Ever since I moved here in 2003 I wanted to be a part of the Colorado State broadcast team," Holt said. "I am grateful to the late great Rich Bircumshaw for starting the dialogue that got me involved. Brian and Kevin are true pros and I am excited to work with such a fantastic university."
Holt returns to the Northern Colorado region from Dallas, where he most recently hosted the pregame and postgame shows for every Dallas Stars game on 1310-AM The Ticket during the 2009-10 National Hockey League season. During the week, he also made several appearances as a guest host on the station's drive-time show, rated the No. 1 sports-talk program in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
Like Roth and McGlue, Holt also has television experience, working for Altitude Sports and Entertainment as a postgame analyst following Colorado Avalanche broadcasts from 2007-09. In addition, Holt called several games of play-by-play for the nationally ranked Denver Pioneers on Fox Sports Rocky Mountain during the 2007-08 campaign.
But CSU fans might best recognize his voice from his six seasons with the Colorado Eagles of the Central Hockey League. On television for Altitude, Holt provided both play-by-play and color commentary for Eagles broadcasts from 2006-2009, and hosted the NoCo Hockey Show. On radio, he called Eagles regular-season and playoff games in 2003-04, and from 2006-09, in addition to hosting the weekly Eagles coach's show for six years.
Nominated for the CHL's Broadcaster of the Year award in 2007, he has earned recognition from the Colorado Broadcasters Association for Best Coverage by an Individual or Team. In addition to hockey, he has called various high-school football contests as well as collegiate men's and women's basketball games.
Holt, who owns a degree in mass communications from Saint Cloud State University (`01), called television play-by-play for the Huskies' hockey team for four seasons, when St. Cloud was ranked No. 1 in the nation and made three straight NCAA tournaments. Prior to college, he lettered in football and baseball at Apple Valley (Minn.) High School, just south of the Twin Cities.
A stand-up comedian, he has performed at the Comedy Store on the Los Angeles Sunset Strip, and also has trained at The Groundlings, a prestigious school in Los Angeles. He's also enjoys coaching youth baseball and fishing in his spare time.
Holt, who makes his home in Windsor, Colo., will debut on the CSU Radio Network Sept. 4 at the annual Rocky Mountain Showdown, from the sidelines of Invesco Field, where the Rams will battle the CU Buffs.
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