Jay Murry, a familiar voice on the Washington University in St. Louis scene, returns for his 11th season as the Voice of the Bears.
Murry, a three-time NSMA Missouri Sportscaster of the Year, is in his second stint as the voice of the Bears after doing some work behind the microphone in the 1990s.
He has handled play-by-play duties for the football and men’s and women’s basketball teams since 2009, and is in his sixth year doing PBP for men’s and women’s soccer, baseball and softball. Murry has also called the action for select NCAA Tournament tennis matches, and swimming and diving and track and field home meets.
In addition, Murry called the successful Guinness World Record attempt by WashU swimmer Kevin Hays, who solved eight Rubik’s Cubes underwater in April 2015. That YouTube video has logged more than 7.6 million views.
Throughout his tenure at WashU, Murry has provided the call for over 650 games. He reached his 500th broadcast of WashU sports on December 12, 2017; as the Bears defeated Fontbonne 98-68 in men’s basketball. Last year, Murry compiled a personal record 102 broadcasts for the WashU Sports Network; and he has averaged 95 over the past four years.
Murry also achieved a “first” last year, when he completed his first 24-hour ultramarathon at WashU’s Sumers Recreation Center. His solo event, Rett Syndrome Gets Rocked, raised $4,799 to fund awareness and research to battle Rett syndrome.
Prior to his return to the Danforth Campus, Murry served for 14 years as the news and sports director of KWRE-AM/KFAV-FM in Warrenton, Mo., where he received broadcasting honors from the Missouri Associated Press and the Missouri Broadcasters Association.
Murry received Bachelor of Arts degrees in speech and dramatic art and psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1986, and then picked up his Master of Science degree in mass communication in 1995 from Lindenwood University.
He serves as a special education paraprofessional at Fort Zumwalt West High School in O’Fallon, Missouri, and is a freelance writer for Best of Central Vermont, Best of Burlington, and BrewView Vermontmagazines. Murry and his wife, Cathy, have three children: Jason (28), Shelly (19) and Mitchell (17). They reside in St. Charles, Mo.
Updated June 1, 2019