Tom Helmer

Tom Helmer is a two-time Emmy award winning broadcaster who is currently the play-by-play voice of Eastern Michigan University Football and Basketball. His play-by-play career includes stints behind the microphone calling Major League Baseball games on television for the Colorado Rockies and most recently the Boston Red Sox. He has also called Big 12 and Pac 12 football, Pac 12 Men’s and Women’s Basketball, High School football, Men’s and Women’s swimming and diving, College gymnastics, Marathons and High School Hockey.

Tom started his broadcast career as a sports anchor making stops at KGET in Bakersfield, California, WZZM in Grand Rapids, Michigan and FOX 6 in San Diego, California. In 2006 he was hired by FOX Sports as the host of the nationally televised FSN Baseball report. That expanded into him quickly hosting two additional national shows. BCS Breakdown and The BCS Rankings Show. He also spent time as the lead host of the Colorado Rockies pregame and postgame shows.

Tom and his Wife Mindy currently live in Ann Arbor Michigan. They have four children.

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Tomorrow, April 1st, the Detroit Tigers will open the season at Comerica Park, playing the Cleveland Indians in a matinee game.  Thursday's game will also mark the first time fans will be able to watch a game at Comerica Park since 2019.  So, what can be expected out of this year's squad?  WEMU's Tom Helmer talked with the voice of the Tigers, Matt Shepard, to find out.

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For nearly three months, youth sports in Michigan came to a standstill due to COVID restrictions.  Now, athletes are once again competing, but parents, coaches, and players are realizing just how big a toll the pandemic has had and how it has changed almost everyone.  WEMU sports anchor Tom Helmer takes a closer look at the impact all of this has had on one area hockey team.