Sunday, November 29, 2015

Broadcaster Profile- Donnie Moorhouse, Massachusetts Minutemen

It certainly has been a while, but it's great to be blogging again. Over the past season I've had the good fortune to introduce and profile some great radio voices who have called the game of hockey, from college to AHL to the pros. To a large extent my focus has been in Hockey East, the league I work in, and with this latest post I'd like to come back to Hockey East and introduce Donnie Moorhouse, who is back for his second stint as radio voice of the UMass Minutemen.




Donnie Moorhouse is in his second run as radio play by play radio voice of the UMass Minutemen, joining forces with Brock Hines on the call (for more on Brock, I invite you to check his post from earlier here on the blog). Donnie was on the call of UMass hockey from 2002-2009 and was at the mike for some great moments in Minuteman hockey history, one of which was a triple OT game against Maine in the Hockey East tournament. Donnie moved over to AIC to call games for the Yellow Jackets at his alma mater in Springfield most recently prior to coming back to Amherst.

Donnie has a rich history when it comes to staying involved with the game of hockey, as he also hosted " Hockey Night in Springfield" while doing AIC games, a program that aired on WEEI-FM, 105.5 in Springfield. The program covered not only UMass and AIC, but also also the Springfield Falcons and all of the high school teams in the area,  a great testament to Donnie's diverse coverage and knowledge base.  He also spent two years doing business development for the Springfield Falcons, and has been a music writer for The Republican newspaper for an impressive 23 years. Donnie is also very much involved with the UMass Coaches Show alongside Brock Hines, a weekly coaches show with coach John Micheletto live from the Hangar in Amherst each Tuesday night during the hockey season.

Donnie has also been involved with songwriting, as he wrote songs for a group called " Breakdown", whose style could be likened to the style of John Mellencamp. He has also written a script for a film called " Cathedral Pines" and has acted in five films, including a horror film called " Collinsville."  Although he has much experience in film and music, hockey is his first passion. He has also founded a non-profit organization called the "Hockey Project" which takes at-risk kids and gives them a chance to play hockey and get them on the ice.

Donnie travelled to Northern Ireland in 2016 alongside Brock Hines to broadcast the second annual Friendship Four Tournament for the UMass Radio Network.

I will be attempting to add some audio to highlight Donnie's work in the very near future should I be able to locate some highlights of his work, but in the meantime be sure to tune in to Donnie and Brock on the call of UMass hockey live on WHMP radio (1400 AM) in Northampton. Minuteman hockey can also be heard on 1240 AM and 96.9 FM in the Amherst area. You can also access their broadcasts on the TuneIn radio app for mobile devices (enter WHMP in the search field), or by simply visiting www.umassathletics.com.