Riley Corcoran

Corcoran

Montana sports information

First and foremost Riley Corcoran's title will be a radio broadcaster, but the recently hired "Voice of the Griz" will be a lot more than tones carried on the airwaves this fall. He wants to be a maroon-clad Swiss army knife.

Whether writing for the athletic department's online presence at GoGriz.com, helping run the sports programs' various social media accounts or relaying live information from the field or court to fans around the state on the radio, Corcoran wants to change the perception of the position.

He expects to be more than just a play-by-play man.

"Football, basketball and the coaches' shows, what it was is a base to me," said Corcoran. "I want to take it to a completely different level."

Corcoran, a 26-year-old Billings native and Washington State graduate who spent the past three years at Montana State where he served primarily as the school's women's basketball broadcaster, was announced as the successor to longtime broadcaster Mick Holien last week. Learfield Sports, the broadcast rights holder for Montana athletics, made the hire.

His partner in the booth will be Greg Sundberg, UM's senior associate AD who took over color commentary duties for former Griz receiver and fellow radio veteran Scott Gurnsey last season.

Corcoran made his first stop in Missoula this week as an employee of the program he grew up admiring from across the state. Discussions covered the amount of Griz gear already in his closet (spoiler: plenty), his favorite non-Griz pastimes (golf in the summer, skiing in the winter) and most importantly his vision for the "Voice of the Griz."

Which unsurprisingly matched what Grizzly athletics had in mind for the new hire.

"I'm excited to get him more involved in digital and social media," Montana Athletic Director Kent Haslam told the Missoulian just after Corcoran's hire last week. "Just some different ideas because he has a varied background of writing and producing, behind the camera and in front of the camera."

It starts with social media, specifically Twitter where Corcoran's recently re-branded account @VoiceoftheGriz has already ballooned by 20 percent in its following the past week.

As director of media relations and broadcasting with the amateur baseball Wilson Tabs in North Carolina, his position previous to starting with Montana State 2013, Corcoran had to be a "one-man band." Complementing the broadcast booth with extra online content and the accessibility of social media became a must.

"I want to be able to link in the broadcast," he said. "If we're on the road with the basketball team and I've got (men's coach Travis DeCuire) for a pregame interview, well maybe on the off day Friday we talk to (guard Brandon) Gfeller and post that in between.

"Just creating that constant content, in this day and age that's something you have to have," Corcoran continued. "I just think with the access and establishing that relationship and trust, you can create a lot of fun things."

There's a lot to get to before basketball season, or any contests that count for that matter. Day 1 starts when fall football camp opens in early August, but his preparations will begin early next month. There's a whole new roster for Corcoran to become acquainted with, and not only because of the high turnover this offseason under second-year head coach Bob Stitt.

Corcoran's happy to do it, too -- "I'm a junkie for all that stuff," he said.

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