Jan. 30, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. –
Florida State University and Clear Channel Communications announced the hiring of broadcasters Tom Block and Eric Luallen today to assume duties as the new play-by-play announcers for Seminole baseball. The longtime broadcast veterans will take over as the play-by-play announcers for Steve Melewski. Block is currently employed as an Assistant Director in the Florida State Communications Department and has covered Seminole athletics in various capacities since 1996. Luallen has covered Florida State football for the last nine years and held numerous broadcast positions on Tallahassee television and radio since his playing career came to an end in 1989.
Block is currently serving as the Assistant Director of Visual Media and Promotions in the Communications Department at Florida State University, a position he has held since 2003. Block has also been the host of FSU’s football pre game show on the Seminole Radio Network, while calling play-by-play for various Seminole sports including baseball for Sun Sports and other television entities since 1996. Block began his television career in Tallahassee with WTXL-ABC 27 working as a sports anchor and director from 1993-1998. He then went on to anchor the sports for the Florida New Channel (1998-2000) before becoming the host of Nextel Florida Sports News on the Sunshine Network from 2000-2003.
“The opportunity to call FSU baseball games is a dream come true,” said Block. “I have the utmost respect and admiration for Coach (Mike) Martin and his staff and players, and what they’ve been able to accomplish over the years. The chance to follow in the footsteps of Lee Bowen, Jim Crosby, Steve Melewski and the others who have announced FSU games is truly a privilege.”
Luallen has spent the last nine years hosting WNLS’ pre-game coverage of FSU football games and from 1997-2002 he hosted an afternoon drive-talk show on WNLS. During that time, the Tampa native has done play-by-play on select FSU men’s and women’s basketball games and was the broadcaster for the Tallahassee Thunder of the AF2. Luallen also has experience working in television as he hosted the Mike Gillespie show for five years. A former Seminole offensive lineman, Luallen played all five positions on the line from 1986-89.
“As a FSU alumnus, a huge baseball fan and someone who has known the members of the coaching staff at Florida State for a number of years, I am very excited about the opportunity to work with Seminole baseball,” said Luallen. “As a broadcaster, I am very thankful to be getting this opportunity.”
No. 13 Florida State opens the 2007 baseball season on Friday, February 2 as the Seminoles host a three-game set against No. 18 Tennessee. It’s the first meeting between the Seminoles and Volunteers since 1998 when the two teams opened their seasons at the ACC Baseball Blast in Orlando, Fla. Friday’s first pitch is slated for 4:00 pm at Dick Howser Stadium.