We have broadcast/personnel news from the Reno Aces (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League), Clinton LumberKings (Low Class A; Midwest League) and the Winston-Salem Dash (High Class A; Carolina League).
In Clinton, Cheyne Reiter is the new Voice of the LumberKIngs, replacing Chad Seely, who is moving on to the Reno Aces as Communications Manager. Seely, a University of Wisconsin-Whitewater graduate, began his minor league broadcasting career in 2011 with the Daytona Cubs (High Class A; Florida State League). Seely then made the move back to the Midwest and Clinton where he spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons broadcasting the LumberKings’ entire 140-game schedule, including postseason play.
“I’m happy for Chad and this opportunity to join a great organization out in Reno,” said LumberKings’ General Manager Ted Tornow. “He has grown in the baseball business over the last two years and we’ll miss him.”
Reiter, 23, spent last summer as the play-by-play broadcaster and media relations intern for the Pulaski Mariners (rookie; Appalachian League. Similar to Seely’s Daytona Cubs grabbing a championship in his first pro ball experience, Reiter’s Mariners did the same. Pulaski ended a 22-year championship drought, sweeping the Greeneville Astros (2-0) to bring a trophy to Southwest Virginia for the first time since 1991.
Tornow is comfortable with the transition from Seely to Reiter in the booth and as a front office member. “We’re thrilled to have Cheyne on board in Clinton. He’s an Iowa native and I know Chad did his due diligence when he selected Cheyne not only to be his Assistant this year, but ultimately to come on board as the lead broadcaster,” said Tornow.
Two levels higher in the Mariners’ organization, Reiter hopes the familiarity will make the jump easier.
“The manager last season in Pulaski (Chris Prieto) and the athletic trainer (Geoff Swanson) both will be in Clinton this season,” said Reiter. “Throw in a great group of guys from Pulaski last season to this season in Clinton…it’s going to be fun.”
The Winston-Salem Dash unveiled two new members of their broadcast team for the 2014 season. Dave Polaski will call the action with lead play-by-play broadcaster Brian Boesch for all 70 home games and select road games, while Lary Sorensen will join Boesch on all 13 Dash telecasts this year.
All 140 Dash games in 2014 will be broadcast live on wsdash.com/broadcast, while every Thursday game (both home and road) will also be available on 600 AM-WSJS in Winston-Salem. WMYV-TV (My 48) in the Triad will carry all 11 Saturday home games live and the Dash’s games on Opening Day and July 4 on a tape delay.
Polaski spent the 2013 season as a fill-in broadcaster with the Trenton Thunder (Class AA; Eastern League) and the Lakewood BlueClaws (Low Class A; Sally League). He also served as a play-by-play announcer for Rider University baseball during the 2013 season. Polaski is currently a studio host and producer with IMG College in Winston-Salem. His primary assignments are Ohio University football and men’s basketball and Miami University hockey.
A native of New Jersey, Polaski graduated from Ohio University in 2002. While there, he spent three seasons as a member of the Bobcats’ baseball team. After college, Polaski returned to New Jersey, broadcasting news and sports for a decade before relocating to Winston-Salem.
Sorensen enjoyed an 11-year Major League Baseball career with Milwaukee, St. Louis, Cleveland, Oakland, Chicago (Cubs), Montreal and San Francisco. The right-hander went 93-103 with a 4.15 earned run average in 346 career big league appearances. He was an American League All-Star in 1978 with the Brewers. After his playing days, Sorensen spent time as an analyst and talk show host on the Detroit Tigers Radio Network.
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