When Bob and Margaret Bavasi brought minor league baseball to Everett in 1984, Tom approached the original owner of the Everett Giants and asked him; well actually, told him; to hire him as the team’s stadium announcer. Bavasi was either impressed, or so stressed out with so much to do, he said O.K. “Tall Tom” has been the announcer and music director ever since.
Tom Lafferty is a 1975 Snohomish High graduate and a fixture regarding Snohomish County sports. He is KRKO Radio 1380 AM/95.3 FM sports director/sportscaster for high school football and basketball, and co-host of Prep Sports Weekly. He’s also been arena announcer and sportscaster for other sporting events including high school and AVP Pro Beach volleyball, wrestling, Washington Stealth Indoor Lacrosse, high school baseball and NASCAR auto racing at Evergreen Speedway. He’s been a substitute announcer for Everett Silvertips Hockey. He has announced Goodwill Games men’s and women’s basketball, and TV play-by-play for Husky women’s basketball. He was stadium announcer for the first-ever NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Game held in Washington.
Musically, Tom is a member of Male Vocal Quintet Common Ground. He was a staff member of Snohomish High’s Marching Band from 1980-99, which included tours to England, Scotland, France, Ireland, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Japan and Hong Kong. He has been Director of Music at Snohomish United Methodist Church since 1979. For 33 years he was Technical Director of the Snohomish Historical Society’s Annual Variety Show featuring the Leight Fantastics.
Tom has been a master of ceremonies for many Snohomish County events including induction banquets for the Snohomish County Sports Hall of Fame, Everett Herald’s Man & Woman of the Year in Sports, the Snohomish County Officials Association, and host of
Everett Schools Annual Athletic Scholars Banquet. Tom Lafferty was inducted into the Snohomish High Hall of Fame in 2009. He was presented the NW League’s Joe Martin Award in 2010; received a special commendation from the Snohomish County Officials Association in 2013; and presented the Dave Duvall Award from WIAA NW District One in 2018.