Cougars broadcaster likes sound of Nashville

GENEVA—Kane County Cougars broadcaster Jeff Hem, who was the voice of Cougars radio broadcasts from 2005 through the 2011 season, has accepted a broadcasting and sales position with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. Hem, a native of Aurora who attended West Aurora High School, will begin his new position with Nashville in mid-January. The Sounds are the Triple-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Hem joins a list of former Cougars broadcasters that includes current big league announcers Dave Wills (Tampa Bay Rays) and Scott Franzke (Philadelphia Phillies).

“I would like to thank the Cougars organization and all Cougars fans for seven memorable seasons,” said Hem. “The passion that fans in the Chicago area have for baseball and the Cougars’ tradition of on-field success made my role in the booth extremely enjoyable, and I have gained some friendships that will last a lifetime.”

“Jeff Hem has done a great job during his time with the Cougars,” said Cougars General Manager Curtis Haug. “We will miss Jeff but are very happy for him, and wish him nothing but the best in Nashville.”

The Cougars have begun a search for the position vacancy; inquiries can be directed to Bill Baker at bbaker@kanecountycougars .com.