Tom Ackerman is Sports Director at KMOX, overseeing a department that serves as the flagship station for the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Blues. He is also the lead sports anchor on KMOX’s “Total Information A.M.” and a host on the Cardinals Radio Network.
In 18 years at KMOX, Ackerman has worked as a host, play-by-play announcer, anchor and reporter since beginning his career at the radio station in 1997. He’s interviewed the biggest names in sports, covering Super Bowls, World Series, All-Star Games and Final Fours. He’s traveled throughout the NFL, launching his career in 1999 with his extensive coverage of the Rams’ Super Bowl title.
For the past decade, Ackerman, 40, has called college basketball play-by-play for the University of Missouri, the Missouri Valley Conference and various national rivalry games, including Syracuse-Georgetown, Kansas-Kansas State and North Carolina-N.C. State. He’s also handled play-by-play duties for the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Ackerman emcees dozens of area events each year, including the annual Jack Buck Sports Awards at the Missouri Athletic Club, recognizing the top sports personalities in St. Louis. A member of the “Red Ribbon Panel” that votes on the Cardinals Hall of Fame, Ackerman is also involved in the production of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Dinner, the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame induction and the Musial Awards. Ackerman has performed as a narrator for the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and a public address announcer at the Edward Jones Dome.
Active in the community, Ackerman has a passion for helping local charities, volunteering for countless organizations each year. In 2013, Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club honored Ackerman for his role in raising funds to improve sports facilities for children in the inner city.
Ackerman is a past recipient of the Riverfront Times’ “Best Reporter” (Radio/TV) award and has been recognized and featured in the St. Louis Business Journal.
Ackerman began his broadcasting career calling play-by-play for Indiana University basketball, football, and baseball for WIUS-AM in Bloomington (1993-1997). He recently served as the delegate for Indiana University president Michael McRobbie at the Saint Louis University Presidential Inauguration.
A St. Louis native, Tom is a graduate of Indiana University and St. Louis Country Day School. He and his wife, Angie, live in St. Louis with their daughters, Erika and Audrey.
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH TOM:
What is your favorite St. Louis activity?
Attending Cardinals games with my daughters, exploring Forest Park, trying our city’s outstanding restaurants
What would you do if you weren’t in radio?
TV…or help run a professional sports franchise
Do you have any pets?
Wally, a 6-year-old Sheltie
Share one random fact.
I once caddied for Bob Knight
If you could live anywhere else in the country, where would it be?
San Diego or New York
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