Broadcasters Melanie Newman and Geoff Arnold are moving up to the majors, joining the Baltimore Orioles 2020 broadcast team.
The Orioles broadcast team will appear in-game and on pre- and post-game shows on MASN and the Orioles Radio Network, as well in different capacities on MASN All-Access and 105.7 The Fan programming. They will also appear in Orioles and MASN digital and entertainment content.
“We are continually looking for innovative ways to engage with fans, expand our audience, and enhance our content,” said Greg Bader, Senior Vice President of Administration & Experience. “Through this new, multiplatform approach, our talent team will be empowered to deliver news, insights, analysis, and creative storytelling directly to our fans, regardless of medium.”
Melanie Newman joins the Orioles from the Salem Red Sox (High A; Carolina League), where she served as the lead broadcaster on baseball’s first all-female broadcast team. Newman previously held various roles with the Frisco RoughRiders (Class AA; Texas League) and the Mobile BayBears (Class AA; Southern League), including play-by-play announcer, reporter, and host. She has also covered Liberty University football as the team’s sideline reporter, and has reported various sports for the ACC Network, ESPN, GameDay Radio, and Major League Baseball Data Operations. For more on Newman’s career, see this September 2018 Ballpark Digest feature written by Jesse Goldberg-Strassler.
Frederick Keys (High A; Carolina League) announcer Geoff Arnold gets his call to the Major Leagues after spending the last five years with the Orioles affiliate as their Director of Broadcasting & Public Relations, serving as the Keys’ lead radio broadcaster. He has previously called games for the RoughRiders and the Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A; Carolina League), and made radio and television appearances in covering collegiate athletics. Arnold brings a wealth of knowledge of the Orioles minor league system and the club’s emerging prospects.
Newman and Arnold account for two of the three additions to the Orioles broadcast team, as veteran local announcer Scott Garceau is also added to the fold. Currently the host of 105.7 The Fan’s Scott & Jeremy Show, he was previously an Orioles TV play-by-play announcer and pregame host for 13 years, including the 1983 World Series Championship season. The original voice of the Baltimore Ravens Radio Network, Garceau broadcast the Ravens’ first 10 seasons, including the 2001 Super Bowl Championship. Garceau served as a sports anchor at WMAR-TV for 28 years from 1980-2008 before joining 105.7 The Fan to host The Scott Garceau Show. He is a seven-time Maryland Sportscaster of the Year recipient.
Returning analysts for 2020 include National Baseball Hall of Famer and Orioles Legend Jim Palmer, serving in his 28th season as an analyst and his 57th season as a member of the Orioles organization. Mike Bordick, Ben McDonald, and Brian Roberts will also appear across MASN and Orioles Radio Network broadcasts and programming, while Rick Dempsey will host O’s Xtra for select games, and Gregg Olson will return as an analyst for the Orioles Radio Network. Dave Johnson will appear on select broadcasts in 2020.
Veteran broadcaster Gary Thorne will return to the booth in 2020 for his 14th season and Kevin Brown, who joined the Orioles talent lineup in 2019, will return to the Orioles Radio Network, while also appearing on MASN telecasts for select games in 2020. Rob Long, who hosts the Big Bad Morning Show on 105.7 The Fan, will continue to appear across MASN and 105.7 programming after joining the MASN team as an O’s Xtra host in 2019. Longtime announcers Jim Hunter and Tom Davis will bring their decades of Orioles experience to new roles as regular on-air contributors in 2020.
MASNsports.com’s Roch Kubatko and Steve Melewski will serve as regular contributors to MASN and Orioles Radio Network. In addition, Melewski will host the Extra Innings post-postgame show on 105.7 The Fan. Paul Mancano will continue to host MASN All-Access, the network’s digital show, which airs on Facebook Live, while appearing on other platforms throughout the season.