Bob Socci, the main play-by-play announcer for Navy football for the last 16 years and also a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox broadcast team, will replace Gil Santos as the Patriots' radio play-by-play voice.
The announcement was made Wednesday by 98.5 The Sports Hub, the flagship station for the team's radio broadcasts. Socci will work with Scott Zolak, the former Pats quarterback who replaced Gino Cappelletti as analyst last season.
"This is the thrill of a lifetime to get the opportunity from 98.5 The Sports Hub and the Patriots organization to continue to tradition established by the legendary Gil Santos to be the play-by-play announcer for the New England Patriots," Socci said in a statement released by the station. "I look forward to teaming up with Scott in the booth and building on The Sports Hub's great success."
Santos announced his retirement at the end of the 2012 season, ending 36 seasons (1966-80, then again from 1991-2012) as the Pats' announcer.
"Bob has more than 16 years of play-by-play experience," Mike Thomas, Vice President of Programming for CBS Radio Boston, said in a statement. "We were impressed with his extensive work and expertise calling various football and baseball games, and he's a local guy with great knowledge of the Patriots. No doubt, Bob has big shoes to fill, but we are excited about this new era of play-by-play with Bob and Scott."
Socci, a native of Milton, also broadcasts Patriot League college basketball for CBS-TV. He joined the PawSox' broadcast team this year, and has many years of Triple-A baseball broadcasting experience.