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Veteran announcers are finalists for Pirates' play-by-play position

| Friday, Jan. 22, 2016, 8:21 p.m.

Veteran broadcaster Andy Masur, who lists two major league clubs on his resume, appears to be a finalist for the job in the Pirates' radio/TV booth, industry sources told the Tribune-Review.

Tom Hart, who works for ESPN and the SEC Network, also has interviewed for the job. Hart was the play-by-play announcer for the Tennessee Smokies, the St. Louis Cardinals Double-A affiliate, from 2002-06.

Hart twice was named Southern League Broadcaster of the Year. He also has worked for Fox Sports Radio and Fox Sports South.

Masur, 48, has 16 years' experience broadcasting games for the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres and also has covered college basketball.

He was the secondary announcer for Padres telecasts on Fox Sports San Diego in 2012-13 but was released before the 2014 season. Masur also did radio play-by-play for the Padres and University of San Diego men's basketball.

Masur worked as a sports anchor and reporter for several radio outlets in Chicago in the late-1990s. In 1999, he hosted the Cubs' pre- and post-game shows on WGN Radio. Masur also occasionally filled in for Cubs play-by-play man Pat Hughes.

Masur has interviewed recently with teams such as the New York Mets and Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Pirates had more than 200 applicants for the position that opened in December when Tim Neverett left to work for the Boston Red Sox. The field of candidates has narrowed, and a decision could be made by the first week of February.

Joe Block, who has called Milwaukee Brewers games the past four years, also has gotten an interview.

Rob Biertempfel is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at rbiertempfel@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BiertempfelTrib.

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