We have personnel news to report from the Vermont Lake Monsters (Short Season A; NY-Penn League) and the Kenosha Kingfish (summer collegiate; Northwoods League).
The Lake Monsters have named Frank Fanning as their new box office manager.
Fanning will be responsible for overseeing the day-to-day individual ticket and box office operations, while also developing the Lake Monsters school, Little League and non-profit ticket programs.
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Fanning graduated from Fanshawe College with an Associate’s Degree in Broadcasting in April of 2016 and also spent two years as the promotions coordinator at FREE 98.1 FM in London, Ontario, fronting projects and events ranging from merchandising to on-site promotions, and assisting in station event coordinating and planning.
Frank is the son of Jim Fanning, who was the first-ever Montreal Expos general manager and worked 25 years in the Expos organization, including parts of three seasons as Manager (skippered the 1981 Expos to its only playoff appearance in Montreal’s 36-year history).
“I am extremely fortunate and proud to be a member of the Lake Monsters.” said Fanning. “It was always my aspiration to follow my Father into baseball and I am very grateful to the Lake Monsters staff for their warm welcome and their vision to incorporate me into the team’s plans. The Fanning name remains in baseball, and that is a dream come true for me.”
“We are very excited to have Frank join the Lake Monsters,” says General Manager Joe Doud. “From our initial meeting, we knew immediately that Frank’s energy and passion for the baseball industry would have a lasting impact on the Vermont community and our fans.”
In Kenosha, the Kingfish have announced that Rylan Kobre will be their broadcaster during the 2017 season.Kobre, a current Junior at Boise State University, will serve as the radio voice of the Kenosha Kingfish, write feature stories and serve as the travel coordinator.
“Kobre’s broadcasting experience and enthusiasm for the sport will be a valuable asset to the Kingfish organization,” said Kingfish general manager Zac Pallissard, “Kingfish fans are going to love his energy and life that he will bring to the radio broadcasts.”
A native of Santa Rosa, California, Kobre began his broadcasting career announcing backyard whiffle ball games and dreaming of being a broadcaster for the Oakland Athletics. Before officially moving to the broadcast booth, he was a three-year starter and All-Conference Baseball and Basketball player at Montgomery High School.
In his first year at Boise State, Kobre appeared on two sports radio shows, one specifically covering baseball. His broadcasting career took off his sophomore year when he began hosting a morning sport radio show covering Boise State Athletics as the assistant sports editor for Boise State’s newspaper and covering minor league baseball for the Colorado Rockies fan site Roxpile.com.
At the end of his sophomore year, he was named the program director/general manager of Boise State’s Radio Station, currently, Kobre hosts a morning show and holds an internship at CBS Sports Radio’s “The Ticket” 93.1 working on the “Bob and Chris Show.”
“I am extremely excited to come work for the Kingfish and br as they battle for a Northwoods League Title,” states Kobre, “I’m looking forward to giving Kingfish fans across the country a quality broadcast every night, and will try and replicate the same attention to detail and work ethic that Robert Sherman has brought to the booth the past two seasons.”