We have personnel news to report from the St. Paul Saints (independent; American Association), York Revolution (independent; Atlantic League), and the Sonoma Stompers (independent; Pacific Association).
In the case of the Saints, the club has announced its on-air broadcast team for the 2018 season, along with a new radio home. The 2018 season can be heard on Alt 93.3 FM and the iHeart Radio app.
The Saints new radio home will carry all 100 regular season games, plus the playoffs, and for fans that can’t get to a radio station Alt 93.3 FM is available on the iHeart app anywhere in the world. As part of the partnership the Saints will continue to produce all of their broadcasts including a 15-minute pregame and postgame show.
“This partnership between the Saints and Alt 93.3 will provide us with the strongest broadcast presence in the Twin Cities we’ve enjoyed in years,” said Saints Executive Vice President/General Manager Derek Sharrer. “Our fans listening locally will be thrilled, and now through the iHeartRadio app, fans from around the country, or the world for that matter, will also be able to tune into what we hope is a Championship season.”
Sean Aronson will return for his 12th season as play-by-play broadcaster of the Saints, calling all 100 games. He was named Ballpark Digest Broadcaster of the Year in 2016 and is the longest tenured broadcaster in franchise history. He called his 1,000th game for the Saints on September 5, 2016. Aronson will be joined by J.W. Cox, entering his fifth season with the Saints, and newcomer Evan Giddings. Cox is the voice of St. Cloud State football and men’s and women’s basketball while Giddings was the play-by-play broadcaster for the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (Short Season A; Northwest League) in 2017. Cox and Giddings will be responsible for producing the broadcast while hosting the pre- and post-game. They will split the 50 home games and broadcast the middle three innings alongside Aronson.
This is not the first foray into sports programming for 93.3 FM as it also carries Gophers women’s basketball. Twin Cities Alternative 93.3 is an adult alternative station that plays such bands as Muse, Judah, Imagine Dragons, Weezer, and Nirvana. The main coverage area goes from 494 to the 694 loop (Brooklyn Park to the North, Plymouth/Minnetonka to the East, Saint Paul to the West, and Bloomington to the South).
“All of us at iHeartMedia have long had tremendous respect for the Saints and the excellent brand of true family and sports entertainment they bring to St. Paul and all the communities of the Twin Cities area,” said Jeff Tyler, Region President, iHeartMedia Twin Cities. “We are excited to partner with the Saints to bring their brand to current and new fans on 93.3fm and iHeartRadio.”
In Sonoma, the Stompers have announced that Nicholas Badders is their new Broadcaster for the 2018 season. The Bay Area native is President of the Walter Cronkite Sports Network at Arizona State University, where he is studying sports journalism.
“I love calling games because every time I go on the air, there is a chance I have someone listening to the sport for the first time,” Badders said. “I have the opportunity to show someone the love I have for the sport.”
Badders works for Pac-12 Plus network, where he lends his voice to play-by-play of digital streams of ASU baseball, softball, and soccer games. He is also a part of Blaze Radio, Arizona State’s student radio station where play-by-play broadcasting of hockey, softball, and baseball takes place.
“The chance to join the Sonoma Stompers organization is one I am incredibly excited for, with the high level of play they put on the field every single season and the impact they make not only on the local community, but the national baseball community as well,” Badders said.
“There’s no place I would rather spend my summer, I’m very excited for the season to start.”
In York, the Revolution have announced a new team of full-time and intern members.
Sarah Dailey has joined the team as Marketing Manager. Originally from Mars, PA, Dailey graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford and previously worked for the Butler BlueSox (summer collegiate; Prospect League) as the assistant general manager and the Washington Wild Things (independent; Frontier League) as a media and communications intern.
Group Hospitality Services Coordinator Yesenia Santiago joined the Revolution after five years of hospitality experience in both Pennsylvania and Arizona, where she graduated from Arizona State University. She interned in the corporate sponsorship department of the PAC-12 organization and is originally from Philadelphia.
Antwon Curtis joined the Revs as Box Office Assistant. He is a graduate of Michigan Technological University and managed media relations as an intern in the school’s athletics department. Curtis is a native of Flint, MI.
Kelsey Dorner of Commerce, MI, is the team’s new Marketing Assistant. She is a graduate of Adrian College and previously interned with the Boys & Girls Club of Lenawee.
Terrance Havercome of Memphis, TN, attended East Tennessee State University and interned with the Tri Cities Otters Soccer Club as an operations assistant. He joined the Revolution as Stadium Operations Assistant.
Broadcasting/Media Relations Assistant Michael Marcantonini is a native of Blue Bell, PA, and graduated from Penn State University. He was the play-by-play voice of the Rockford Rivets (summer collegiate; Northwoods League) last summer and spent this past January and February calling games in the California Winter League.
Austin, TX, native Quinton Rohrbough is the team’s Baseball Operations Assistant. He graduated from the University of Houston and interned with Houston’s Super Bowl and NCAA Final Four Host Committee.