Gary's rise has been rapid since his stint as the radio voice of University of Maine hockey and the inaugural run of the Maine AAA baseball team, (Maine Guides), as part-owner in 1984.
The New York Mets discovered his talent while doing a broadcast for the Maine Guides and hired him as their radioman on WHN-AM (now WFAN-AM). From that point, Thorne's hobby became his career.
He left the Mets in 1986 and was hired by the New Jersey Devils. In 1988, ESPN, the nation's first 24-hour sports network, gave him a job as moderator on its Sunday talk show, "The Sports Reporters". The network also had him work college basketball telecasts.
In 1989, Thorne began to do more television serving as the voice of the Chicago White Sox and doing play-by-play for ABC's Thursday night baseball. He also worked as a sideline reporter for ABC at the World Series during the San Francisco earthquake, and was seen interviewing Fay Vincent, Commissioner of Major League Baseball.
But 1990 began ESPN's contract with Major League Baseball and Thorne was snapped up by the network to work two games a week. This summer he waits by his phone each Monday waiting for the network to let him know what his destinations will be for games on Wednesday and Friday.
All told, Thorne at one time or another has worked a sweep of the networks - ESPN, NBC, ABC, and CBS broadcasting such events as the Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, the Major League World Series game, and the National Hockey League championship games.
He enjoys the people of Maine as does former New England Patriots head coach Dick MacPherson, another Old Town native, "I've always thought that Maine people are special." Thorne says. "They're just happy for you. Everyone wishes you well but they're not jealous or anything. That's nice."
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.