Some personnel news to end the week: Mark Vasko returns to the Joliet Slammers (independent; Frontier League), while Steve Zoucha is new director of sales for the Lincoln Saltdogs (independent; American Association).
Vasko returns to the Slammers as Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the upcoming season. Vasko was the radio voice for the team’s 2011 Championship season and prior to that was part of the broadcast team for the first four seasons of JackHammers’ baseball at Silver Cross Field.
“Mark brings a great knowledge of professional baseball in Joliet to the radio booth and we are thrilled to have him back with the ballclub” said team General Manager Chris Franklin. “His passion for area sports will be a great asset to the Slammers and it only helps strengthen our relationship with everyone involved at WJOL.”
Vasko has twelve years of professional baseball broadcast experience, having also spent time with the Kane County Cougars (Low Class A; Midwest League) and Windy City Thunderbolts (then the Cook County Cheetahs). He was also the baseball beat reporter for WBBM Newsradio 780 in the late 1990’s and spent five years with WSCR the Score. Vasko also has national radio experience with both Sporting News Radio and most recently Yahoo Sports Radio.
“I couldn’t be happier to be coming back to the Slammers,” said Vasko. “Silver Cross Field is like home to me and I can’t wait to get the season started. I was there for the very first Opening Day in Joliet and I will be just as excited for this one.”
All 96 games will once again be broadcast on 1340 WJOL and wjol.com in Joliet.
In Lincoln, Zoucha is the new director of sales for the Saltdogs.
Zoucha brings 18 years of sports marketing experience to the Saltdogs organization. He began his career by helping launch the Lincoln Stars USHL franchise as the team’s inaugural ticket manager. Zoucha’s responsibilities with the Stars grew, and he most recently served the franchise as vice president/director of operations and group sales.
“The Saltdogs organization is well-respected and known for success on and off the field,” said Zoucha. “I’m grateful for the opportunity to join the team and I’m looking forward to the upcoming season.”
“Steve’s experience in building a local sports franchise will help the Saltdogs continue to grow,” said Charlie Meyer, Saltdogs president. “He knows Lincoln, knows sports, and will be a great asset for the Saltdogs.”
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