We have broadcasting news from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Class AAA; International League), West Michigan Whitecaps (Low Class A; Midwest League) and Missoula Osprey (rookie; Pioneer League).
Darren Headrick will join the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre broadcast team for the 2015 season. Headrick will work alongside the RailRiders’ director of media relations and broadcasting John Sadak. Together, they will bring exciting play-by-play call of RailRiders baseball to the team’s radio and television broadcasts throughout the summer.
“I want to thank John and (team president/GM) Rob Crain for the opportunity to return to Triple-A and broadcast games for the RailRiders this season,” Headrick said. “It’s been my goal to get back to this level and I am thrilled to be able to work with a broadcaster as talented as John. To do so for one of the most respected organizations in all of professional sports, the New York Yankees, is icing on the cake.”
Headrick, a native of Maryville, Tenn., has been a part of award-winning broadcast teams at every stop in professional baseball. He began his journey as an intern for the Vol Radio Network at the University of Tennessee and made his first foray into pro ball with the Tennessee Smokies (Class AA; Southern League) in 2006. He climbed his way from the production staff to broadcast assistant, joining the airwaves in 2008. Headrick moved to Wilson, N.C., in 2010 to broadcast Wilson Tobs (summer collegiate; Coastal Plain League). From there, he earned his first Triple-A opportunity as assistant director of broadcasting for the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League). In 2012, he accepted the director of broadcasting position with the Carolina Mudcats (High Class A; Carolina League). For the past three years, Headrick brought Mudcats baseball to the airwaves across eastern North Carolina. His peers recognized his hard work by naming him the 2013 Carolina League Broadcaster of the Year.
“Darren is a five-tool broadcaster,” Sadak said. “He has a conversational style. He has proven to be a masterful storyteller. He has a booming voice. He fosters relationships with teams incredibly well and he possesses the production skill to take the feature end of our broadcasts to another level. His passion for the game, work ethic and God-given talent made him our top choice.”
Headrick fills the vacancy that was left after the departure of Aaron Berlin, who now works as a studio host/producer for the NBA’s Orlando Magic. It marks the second straight season in the RailRiders era that the team’s No. 2 voice has launched from a seasonal slot to a full-time job in the field. Andrew Kappes, who filled the role in 2013, departed to become the lead broadcaster for the Bowling Green Hot Rods (Low Class A; Midwest League) in 2014.
For the Whitecaps, Ben Chiswick is departing as the voice of the team. He was the radio voice of the team for the past five seasons.
Tyler Geivett is the new voice of the Osprey. Geivett will also fill the role of media relations coordinator upon his arrival to Missoula in early June.
Geivett is in his eighth year working in the Loyola Marymount University Athletics department, including his second as Assistant Athletics Director, External Communications.
He currently travels with the LMU baseball program and serves as the radio broadcaster for all road games. Having called 200-plus LMU baseball games so far in his career, he is preparing to begin his eighth season on the air in February of this year.
Geivett will call every Osprey game, both home and away this season on the O’s radio nest, ESPN Montana 102.9 FM and online at MissoulaOsprey.com. He will also serve as an in-season media contact, contribute to the official Osprey website, and write content for the Osprey blog, Bird Droppings.
“Tyler has an outstanding track record and we welcome him to the Osprey family,” Jeff Griffin, Osprey Vice President/General Manager, said. “He is a quality individual, who is driven to deliver an excellent broadcast. I look forward to him adding his own flair to Osprey baseball this summer.”
“I’m thrilled to be given the opportunity to pursue my passion of broadcasting at the professional level,” Geivett said. “Everyone in the Osprey organization has been extremely welcoming, and I cannot wait to start calling Osprey baseball games and living in the beautiful city of Missoula.”