‘Voice of the Rockets’ switches off the mike after 20-year run

Clermont Northeastern to hold recognition dinner for Adams

The Clermont Northeastern Board of Education recognized the Voice of the Rockets, Brian Adams, as their January Moment of Excellence recipient. From left are Board member Danny Ilhardt, Julie Adams, Board members Mike Freeman, and David Pennington, Brian and Julie Adams, granddaughter Aubree, Adams, and Board members Jayne Mummert, and Patricia Spencer.
Longtime Clermont Northeastern sports announcer Brian Adams is handing off the microphone this winter. The community is holding fund-raising dinner in his honor Saturday, Jan. 29 to help his family with medical expenses.

Adams has been the CNE boys’ and girls’ basketball announcer for the past 20 years, and has announced football and soccer games for the school. He is also the pastor at Lighthouse Baptist Church in Goshen, and has had an active youth ministry at the school.

“We appreciate everything you have done for the students in the past and what you will do in the future,” CNE Board of Education President Jayne Mummert said.

Board member Patricia Spencer said Adams has touched countless lives during his time at CNE. She told the story of one seventh grade boy who was struggling in school and on the verge of failing when Adams took him under his wing.

“After you talked with him he accepted Christ and it changed his life,” Spencer told Adams at the board meeting Monday. “Now he’s an honor student.”

The board presented Adams with a Moment of Excellence award at their Monday, Jan. 24 meeting. Spencer also thanked Adams for his dedication to CNE.

“We could not afford to pay you for all the time you have volunteered,” Spencer said.

The CNE community will be holding a benefit dinner in Adams’ honor beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29 at the high school. Tickets are $20 each.

The Clermont Sun’s Rick Crawford has been a sports reporter throughout Adams’ tenure in the announcing booth.

“It’s clear he cares about the kids. He just enjoys being around the kids and sports,” Crawford said. “He’s got a great voice and he’s very well like and respected in the community.”