Tom Lamaine will not return as Sixers announcer next season.
Lamaine confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Sixers CEO Adam Aron told him earlier this summer that the team was looking to go in a different direction.
“He told me I gave them exactly what they wanted,” Lamaine said Aron told him. “He’s feeling his way through the NBA and he did a lot of traveling around to different stadiums. He heard more excitable guys, something I cannot be and don’t want to be,” he said.
“I’ve gotten away with being who I am for more than 40 years in this town and I ain’t about to change now,” said Lamaine, who worked for many years as a meteorologist at CBS 3.
“We appreciate everything Tom did for us last year, in a transitional year, but we are looking to go in a different direction in our game presentation to be more interactive,” Lara Price, Sixers senior VP of business operations said Wednesday.
Price said the team would have PA announcer tryouts later this month, open only to those with professional broadcasting experience at sporting events and a knowledge of basketball.
Lamaine, Price said, will remain as back-up announcer, a role he had while 93.3 WMMR DJ Matt Cord served for many years as Sixers announcer. Cord, who now hosts video reports for Sixers.com, never missed a game.
Lamaine served alongside Bill Campbell from 1970 to 1976 broadcasting Sixers games for WPHL-17. He now hosts "Memory Lane" on the first Sunday evening of every month for South Jersey's Kool 98.3.