On May 16, 2022, Jim Ferchland signed a summer league contract to be the baseball play-by-play voice of the Danville Otterbots in the Appalachian League. He is responsible for calling all home games and taking part in media relations duties. This is a new team in Danville, VA as they were originally called the Danville Braves.
Jim is the also voice of the Felician Golden Falcons since October 2, 2020. Felician University is a Division II school located in Rutherford, New Jersey. He called games for men’s/women’s basketball, men’s/women’s lacrosse, softball and baseball. In his second year with the team, he added volleyball and soccer to his repertoire.
He compiled several freelance gigs in 2021 conducting play-by-play for Manhattanville College, Stevens Institute of Technology, Molloy College, Fort Lee High School, New York Hoop Dragons and St. Thomas Aquinas College. He was also the voice for two 2021 summer collegiate baseball teams in New Jersey. He was the play-by-play broadcaster for the Langan Baseball Falcons of the ABCCL (Atlantic Baseball Confederation Collegiate League) and the Ocean Ospreys of the ACBL (Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League).
Before Felician, Ferchland served as the radio play-by-play sports broadcaster of the Stony Brook Seawolves, his alma mater on 90.1 FM WUSB Stony Brook. He called multiple football, men’s/women’s basketball, baseball and women’s lacrosse broadcasts during the 2019-20 season. Jim is a 2017 graduate out of Stony Brook University, born and raised in Centereach, NY. Jim has been with WUSB since 2016 where he started off as a broadcast engineer, then as a color commentator and eventually moved his way up to play-by-play.
Jim wanted to really extend his versatility by being the voice of Stony Brook Women’s Lacrosse in February 2020 and Baseball in March 2020. Jim and his color commentator Zach Wilson traveled to Syracuse, New York for the season opener vs the No.4 ranked Orange in the Carrier Dome. Stony Brook came in ranked 10th in the nation and earned their first ever franchise victory over Syracuse 17-16. Jim called only three games of women’s lacrosse and baseball because both seasons were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In November 2019, Jim became the voice of Stony Brook men’s basketball and called the home opener vs the Yale Bulldogs. He did play-by-play 12 of Stony Brook’s 15 home games. He also called four women’s basketball games in the 2019-2020 season.
In August 2019, Jim called his first collegiate football game between the Stony Brook Seawolves and the Bryant Bulldogs. He called eight of the Stony Brook’s 12 football games including one road game at Villanova which resulted in a miraculous 36-35 victory.
Jim was the main host on Stony Brook’s sports radio segment “The Sports Section” which airs every Sunday night from 10pm-midnight. Jim and his co-hosts have live callers and special guests like student athletes or coaches frequently on the show. Jim started off as a co-host in 2017.
In October 2017, Jim became a Freelance Sports Reporter for Times Beacon Record Newspapers in East Setauket, New York. He took photos, logged game statistics, interviewed players/coaches, and submitted articles to his editor. He worked there for six months.
Jim really wanted to to excel in all aspects of sports media. He joined “Stony Brook Sports Break” as a sports anchor in October 2016. The segment happened every Wednesday. He was responsible for writing/editing his scripts and highlights. A month earlier, Jim interned at News 12 Long Island in the sports department in Woodbury, New York from September to November. He worked closely with Emmy award-winning sports anchor Jamie Stuart on Fridays and Saturdays. He logged game highlights at the station and interviewed players and coaches on camera at high school football games. Lastly, Jim started his media journey at “Stony Brook Press” as an Assistant Sports Editor from October 2014 to December 2016.
Before Stony Brook, Jim graduated with his Associates Degree in Communication Media-Arts Journalism from Suffolk County Community College in May 2014.
Sports have been a colossal passion for Jim ever since he was 10-years old. He realized that playing the sport wouldn’t work because of the competition and difficulty. He decided that he wanted to call sports games or tell sports stories. Jim wants to turn that dream into a reality.