Journalism Faculty

John Rooke

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John Rooke

Affiliated Faculty (2006)

B.J. University of Texas, Austin

John Rooke is an award-winning broadcaster, and was inducted into the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame with the Class of 2011. Currently serving in several broadcast capacities, including 26 years as radio play-by-play voice for Providence College basketball, John also calls American Athletic Conference/Big East Football and Basketball for the IMG Sports Network and the Big East Digital Network, and has called TV play-by-play for ESPN RegionalTelevision and ESPNU.

Additionally, Rooke has been a sports anchor for WLVI-TV in Boston and three stations in Providence, as well as a fill-in anchor for WVIT-TV in Hartford and WCBS-TV in New York. Rooke has also been the stadium voice for the New England Patriots and New England Revolution since 1993, served as host for PAX-TV's Coastal News, "Golfing The World" on Fox Sports Net, Inside the Big East on ESPNU and numerous programs and game broadcasts for many radio stations, including WEEI/WRKO Boston and WPRO/WSKO Providence. He began hosting programs for the ESPN Radio network in 1999, currently hosts occasionally on WOR-AM in New York and also serves as a commercial voice artist. John authored a book on the history of radio in the state of Rhode Island, published in the Fall of 2012.

Rooke has also served as a gubernatorial communications director, and as a program director/manager for a major communications company.


  • 2011
  •  Authored "Rhode Island Radio," published in 2012 by Arcadia Publishing, on the history of radio in the Ocean State.

Awards & Honors

  • 2011
  •  Selected for inclusion into the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame, Class of 2011.