Two broadcasting deals to announce today: The Lake County Captains (Low Class A; Midwest League) extend their arrangement with flagship radio home AM 1330 WELW, while the Normal CornBelters (independent; Frontier League) move Greg Halbleib into the broadcast booth.
The WELW agreement runs for three years. The station will air all regular and post-season Captains games with the exception of Sunday games, whch will be carried by affiliate ESPN 970 WFUN.
“We are very excited to continue our relationship with WELW for years to come. This has always been a great partnership and look forward to it continuing,” said Captains VP and General Manager Brad Seymour.
Craig Deas returns as the Voice of the Captains. Deas is in his ninth year with the franchise and will call all the Captains home games and select road games. Brian LaRiche will return to handle the majority of the road games as well as joining Deas in the booth for the Captains home games.
In Normal, Greg Halbleib is the new Voice of the CornBelters, handling broadcast duties this season on 95.9 WEZC, WJBC.com and the WJBC CornBelters Radio Network. Greg was the public address voice at the Corn Crib during the inaugural season. Halbleib is the sports director of flagship WJBC, where he’s been on the air since 2002. He’s also the radio play-by-play voice of Bloomington PrairieThunder hockey, and is the television play-by-play voice for Missouri Valley Conference volleyball. He began his broadcasting career in 1979, and has won seven Silver Dome Awards from the Illinois Broadcasters Association for his play-by-play. He was also inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2009.
“I can’t wait to get started in the broadcast booth for the CornBelters. I’ve had a connection with baseball my entire life, both on and off the field as a broadcaster, as an administrator and as a 36-year umpire," Halbleib said. "It’s a great game with a great organization, and I’m looking forward to connecting our growing fan base with what’s happening at the ballpark.”
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