PITTSBURGH -- After seven years in the Pirates' broadcast booth, Tim Neverett will get a chance to fulfill a lifelong dream, as he was named WEEI's new play-by-play host for Red Sox radio broadcasts on Monday.
It's a dream job for Neverett, because he grew up a Red Sox fan in New England. According to WEEI.com, he will begin his new assignment in February as part of WEEI's Spring Training coverage. The Pirates will look for a new play-by-play voice to replace Neverett, who worked on both their television and radio broadcasts.
"Tim has been a consummate professional and a passionate ambassador of Pirates baseball for the last seven years," Pirates president Frank Coonelly said in a statement. "During that time, Tim has called many great Pirates moments and has been an important part of a team that brings Pirates baseball to our fans with heart and genuine passion.
"We thank Tim for his many contributions to the Pirates organization and our community and wish Tim the very best as he begins a new chapter in his career with the Red Sox.
"We have already begun what will be an extensive search to find a new play-by-play broadcaster who brings a high level of energy and passion for the game of baseball, the Pirates organization and making a difference in the lives of those in our community."
In announcing Neverett's hire, WEEI said more than 200 candidates were considered for the position. In the end, they chose Neverett, who attended Nashua (N.H.) High School and graduated from Emerson College in Boston. Neverett played baseball for four seasons at Emerson and, at 19 years old, began his broadcasting career as the radio play-by-play man for the Nashua Pirates.
Before joining the Pittsburgh Pirates, Neverett spent four years at FSN Rocky Mountain. He also called events at the 2002, '04, '06 and '08 Olympic Games and spent a decade broadcasting Triple-A games for the Padres and Dodgers.
Neverett will replace Dave O'Brien with WEEI and be paired with Red Sox broadcaster Joe Castiglione.
"I remember my first game at Fenway when I was 6 years old. I can't wait for my next one," Neverett told WEEI.com. "For a kid who grew up in New England cheering for the Red Sox, this is an extremely rare, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."
Adam Berry is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.