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Devlin new voice of the Bees

Nick Devlin is the new Voice of the Burlington Bees.Nick Devlin, who grew up in nearby Monmouth, Ill., is the new Voice of the Burlington Bees (Low Class A; Midwest League), set to air on Newsradio 1490 KBUR.

“Nick brings a lot of things to the table that we value,” said general manager Chuck Brockett. “He has the experience that comes from spending time working in this league, and the knowledge of the area that will help us out on the sales end of things. We’re excited to have him on board.”

This season will mark Devlin’s third season in baseball and second in the Midwest League after spending last season as a broadcasting and media relations assistant with the Quad Cities River Bandits (Low Class A; Midwest League). Prior to that, Devlin also worked a summer with the Dupage Dragons (summer collegiate; Central Illinois Collegiate League).

A 2004 graduate of Monmouth High School, Devlin received a bachelor’s degree from North Central College in Naperville, Ill. He joined the Bees front office in January to focus on sales and media relations duties until the season starts. Devlin succeeds previous radio broadcaster Matt Pauley, who left in November to pursue other opportunities after two seasons with the club.

“Chuck and [assistant general manager] Jared [Schjei] have given me the chance not only to broadcast, but to connect with the fans of this team on a daily basis,” said Devlin. “Matt called me as soon as he knew he wouldn’t be back, and I’m really fortunate that everything went my way. I grew up coming to games here and listening to [former broadcaster] Randy Wehofer on the radio. It’s humbling to sit in the same radio booth he did. I’m just exceedingly grateful for the opportunity here and can’t wait to get started.”

Devlin’s plans, he added, include running a team blog and featuring fan comments on air this summer that will be collected via the team’s Twitter and Facebook pages.

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