Inducted in 2003
Born: Springfield, MA
College: Springfield College
Try this. Say, with enthusiasm, "AND HERE THEY ARE!" seventeen thousand times. Jim Moran did it. And hes still doing it several times a night, night after night during racing season at Vernon Downs. Jims been the track announcer for the Miracle Mile since he took over the job from his uncle, Bud Hebert. And hes as good as it gets when it comes to calling the trotters and pacers from starting gate to finish line.
Jim is a native of Springfield, Mass. He attended Springfield College and headed west in 1961 when he took a job as sports editor for the Oneida Dispatch. He went to Vernon Downs a year later and worked as a racecourse clerk, a position now known as Recording Judge. Little did he know then how long he would maintain his association with the track and the sport of harness racing?
Until 1965 he managed the Racing, Program and Public Relations Departments. In 1975 he was named Director of Publicity and PR and began working his way up the corporate ladder as a Board Member, a vice-president of Midstate Raceways and Corporate Secretary of the track. Meanwhile, it was Moran at the mike from the grandstand every racing night.
In 1990, the Harness Horse Association of Central New York with the Golden Pen Award honored Jim. He is also former Chairman of the Board and President of the North American Harness Racing Publicists Association and is currently Alternate President of the Harness Tracks of America.
Since 1984, Jim has also been the voice of Hamilton College, the schools radio play-by-play announcer for basketball. He also did Hamilton College football from 1990 to 1994.