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Shuffles in the broadcast booth

Oklahoma City RedHawksWe have multiple shuffles in MiLB broadcast booths for the 2011 season, as retirements and shifts have caused team voices like J.P. Shadrick and Mike Boyle to assume new posts.

First: J.P. Shadrick, the voice of the Jacksonville Suns (Class AA; Southern League) for the past five seasons, is moving on to a broadcasting position with the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League). Shadrick is one of the more talented broadcasters in the game, so it’s good to see him move up the ladder. No word on a replacement for the Suns.

Multiple moves started with the retirement of Bob Robertson, the voice of the Spokane Indians (short season A; Northwest League), who left Avista Stadium after 12 seasons with the club.

Replacing him is Mike Boyle, who had been the voice of the Tri-City Dust Devils (short season A; Northwest League) since 2007.

Replacing Doyle with the Dust Devils is Jason Schwartz, currently the play-by-play announcer for USC women’s basketball.

“We are excited to have Jason join our staff as the voice of the Dust Devils,” said Vice President/General Manager Derrel Ebert. “Jason is a young exciting broadcaster that will bring a freshness to our broadcast that our fans are going to enjoy.”

Schwartz is familiar with the Northwest, having spent the last two summers broadcasting in the summer-collegiate West Coast League, first with the Wenatchee Apple Sox in 2009 and then with the Corvallis Knights in 2010.

“After spending the last couple summers in the Pacific Northwest, working in the Northwest League has been a goal of mine,” said Schwartz. “It’s an honor to have been selected as the Dust Devils’ new radio voice. I’m thrilled for this opportunity and can’t wait for the season to begin.”

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