Today, the Billings Mustangs announced that Kyle Riley will join the club as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. In addition to media responsibilities, Riley will handle the radio play-by-play duties for the upcoming Pioneer League season, replacing Ryan Schuiling who served as the Broadcasting Director for the past three seasons (2011 – 2013).
“Probably more so than any other broadcaster we’ve had in recent years, we believe Kyle is a natural fit for the Billings Mustangs,” said Gary Roller, Mustangs General Manager. “Combined with his broadcasting and other media-related talents, Kyle’s ties to the Billings area and his fundamental knowledge of the Mustangs organization will provide the foundation for an insightful and informative broadcast. We’re fortunate to have Kyle as a member of our management team and look forward to working with him on a daily basis during the 2014 season.”
Riley brings a wealth of play-by-play experience to the Mustangs, including having broadcast over 700 sporting events in the past 17 years. Kyle has covered high school football, basketball, volleyball and wrestling, and has served as the voice of 22 State Championship events. His impressive resume also includes college football and basketball, American Legion baseball, and hockey.
“It’s an honor to be the first local radio broadcaster for the Mustangs since Glenn Hebert covered the team back in the ’80s and ’90s,” Riley said. “I’ve greatly enjoyed the opportunity to meet and interact with the many talented Mustangs broadcasters who have preceded me, including Scott Lauer, Chris Rushin, Aaron McCreight, Mark Boyle, Andy Price, Jerry Schemmel, Ed Cohen, Joe Block and Ryan Schuiling. While I trust I’ve learned something from listening to each of them, I look forward to putting my own spin on the broadcasts.”
A native of Glendive, Riley graduated from Billings West High School in 1991 and went on to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwest College (Kirkland, WA) in 1996. Kyle is a certified flight instructor and a member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
“I’m thankful to the Mustangs organization for the opportunity, for the flexibility given me by my “day” job, and I’m incredibly grateful to my wife, Jill, and my four children for allowing me to pursue this dream,” added Riley.
Each and every Mustangs game throughout the season is broadcast live in its entirety and can be heard on the official radio flagship of the Mustangs, ESPN 910 AM KBLG. The Mustangs open the ’14 season on Monday, June 16 when the Great Falls Voyagers visit Dehler Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm MST.
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