Jon Laaser

STAA Member
Location: Richmond, VA
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(949) 648-STAA

BASKETBALL EXPERIENCE
2010 - Present: Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), Richmond, VA (Atlantic-10 Conference) - Radio/Television Broadcaster
Upon completion of my first season in the Flying Squirrels’ broadcast booth, I was approached by VCU with the opportunity to join their basketball broadcast team. I began as the full-time voice of VCU Women’s Basketball and as a fill-in voice for Men’s Basketball during their historic run to the Final Four. My role has expanded substantially over the last four seasons, and for the last three seasons (2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15) I have served as the lead television announcer for Men’s Basketball with games aired on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet South, MASN, SNY and CBS - Richmond. My broadcast partners for these telecasts have included John Feinstein, Brooks Berry, Rodney Ashby and Michael Litos.

2014 - Present: The Hamtpon Roads Sports Network (HRSN), Williamsburg, VA - Television Broadcaster
During the 2014 baseball season, I was approached by George Krieger (references) about joining his newly launched regional sports network as the lead announcer. In this role, I anchored HRSN’s coverage of college and high school football and basketball in the Hampton Roads (Eaastern Virginia) area. The aggressive OTT model launched in October, 2014.

2013 - Present: Video1HD - Television Broadcaster
After working successfully with Video1HD on VCU Men’s Basketball television broadcasts in 2012-13, I was approached by the production company to join them for their regional basketball telecasts. During the 2013-14 season I served as their lead announcer for a regional package of college basketball telecasts. Those games were aired on Comcast Sportsnet Washington. During the 2014-15 season I was contracted to work a regional package of games in the A-10 and Patriot League produced by Video1HD for CSN and Campus Insiders. My broadcast partner was John Feinstein.

2015 - Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference/ESPN 3 - Television Broadcaster
Following my run of games with VCU, Video1HD and The Hampton Roads Sports Network, I was contracted by the MEAC to join their tournament coverage as a television announcer. I worked alongside Charlie Neal and Christy Winters-Scott in both a play-by-play and analyst capacity. All games throughout the tournament aired on ESPN 3.

2008-2009: Charleston Southern University, Charleston, SC (Big South Conference) - Radio Broadcaster
While residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, and serving as the lead broadcaster for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, I took on the role of “Voice of the Buccaneers.” While commuting to Charleston, SC, I served as the lead radio broadcaster for both D-1 Football and Men’s Basketball programs. I also hosted a weekly coaches show for each program.

2003-2007: KXSS Radio, St. Cloud, MN - Radio Broadcaster
Following my first season (2003) with the St. Cloud River Bats, KXSS Radio gave me the chance to lead the “Friday Night Lights” Game of the Week broadcast, featuring an area high school football game of the week. I was also given the opportunity to serve as the voice of Rocori Spartan basketball, a title I held for four seasons. Over the next four years, this role would expand to include lead broadcasting for the Minnesota State High School Football and Basketball tournaments, and fill-in work for St. Cloud State Men’s and Women’s Basketball (D-11).

FOOTBALL EXPERIENCE
2014 - Present: The Hamtpon Roads Sports Network (HRSN), Williamsburg, VA - Television Broadcaster
See description of this role above in Basketball Experience section.

2008: Charleston Southern University, Charleston, SC (Big South Conference) - Radio Broadcaster
While residing in Myrtle Beach, SC, and serving as the lead broadcaster for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, I took on the role of “voice of the Buccaneers.” While commuting to Charleston, SC, I served as the lead radio broadcaster for both D-1 Football and Men’s Basketball programs. I also hosted a weekly coaches show for each program.

2006-2007: KFAN Radio (The Fan Radio Network), Minneapolis, MN - Radio Broadcaster
While working for KFAN Radio, I was tabbed to lead the station’s coverage of the Minnesota State High School League’s State Championship Football Game (Prep Bowl). This included the top two classes of high school football in broadcasts that aired on KFAN 1130 AM - Minneapolis/St. Paul.

2003-2007: KXSS Radio, St. Cloud, MN - Radio Broadcaster
Following my first season (2003) with the St. Cloud River Bats, KXSS Radio gave me the chance to lead the “Friday Night Lights” Game of the Week broadcast, featuring an area high school football game of the week. I was also given the opportunity to serve as the voice of Rocori Spartan basketball, a title I held for four seasons. Over the next four years, this role would expand to include lead broadcasting for the Minnesota State High School Football and Basketball tournaments, and fill-in work for St. Cloud State Men’s and Women’s Basketball (D-11).

BASEBALL EXPERIENCE
2010 - Present: Richmond Flying Squirrels, Richmond, VA - (Double-A - San Francisco Giants) - Director of Broadcasting and Communications
While I spent the 2009 season with the Biscuits, a group was being formed to return baseball to Richmond, VA. That group was led by part of the ownership group that I had previously worked for in Altoona and Myrtle Beach. They recruited me to serve as the lead radio broadcaster for San Francisco’s new Eastern League affiliate in Richmond, VA. Upon the franchise’s inception, I negotiated a multi-year partnership with Clear Channel - Richmond. For the past five seasons I have served as lead radio announcer with each of the 142 regular season Flying Squirrels broadcasts airing on Sports Radio 910 (Fox) - WRNL, www.sportsradio910.com and IHeart Radio.

2009: Montgomery Biscuits, Montgomery, AL - (Double-A - Tampa Bay Rays) - Radio Broadcaster/Director of Media Relations
After one season with the Pelicans, I was selected by the Biscuits to become the second lead radio announcer in the existence of the franchise. This allowed me to move to a lead chair at the Double-A level for the first time with the Biscuits of the Southern League.

2008: Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Myrtle Beach, SC - (Advanced-A - Atlanta Braves) - Director of Broadcasting and Communications
Following a very successful season in Altoona in 2007, Curve ownership invited me to take over as the lead broadcaster for their sister-franchise in Myrtle Beach, SC. The transition within the same organization allowed me to reshape the broadcast in Myrtle Beach with all broadcasts heard on ESPN “The Team.”

2007: Altoona Curve, Altoona, PA - (Double-A - Pittsburgh Pirates) - Assistant Director of Broadcasting and Communications
This opportunity allowed me to jump from the short-season Northwest League to the Double-A Eastern League, joining the broadcast team of the Pirates’ Double-A affiliate. All games were broadcast on the six-station Curve Radio Network. In this role, I also coordinated and hosted the pre and post-game shows.

2006: Yakima Bears, Yakima, WA - (Short-Season A - Arizona Diamondbacks) - Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations
The Bears management group gave me the opportunity to serve as the lead voice for an affiliated club, filling the role of lead broadcaster for the Diamondbacks’ entrant in the Northwest League.

2005: St. Paul Saints, St. Paul, MN - (Independent) - Radio Broadcaster/Pre and Post-Game Host
Continuing my ascension in the baseball booth, I joined the Saints Radio Network, serving as both a play-by-play broadcaster and pre and post-game host. The opportunity also allowed me to continue my work at KFAN Radio in Minneapolis (Host, Reporter, Miscellaneous Experience).

2003-2004: St. Cloud River Bats, St. Cloud, MN - (Summer Collegiate) - Director of Broadcasting
While working for KFAN and the Fan Radio Network, I was given my first opportunity in a baseball booth, tabbed as the lead radio announcer for the St. Cloud River Bats of the Northwoods League. All games were broadcast on Sports Radio 1390 KXSS, a Fan Radio Network affiliate.

HOST, REPORTER, MISCELLANEOUS EXPERIENCE
2011 - Present: Richmond Flying Squirrels - Host “Flying Squirrels Insider”
After negotiating a partnership with Community Idea Stations, launched “Flying Squirrels Insider” in the Richmond television market. I serve as host as well as producer, lead writer and graphic designer. During the second season, the show grew to include Strayer University Field, a scaled ballpark set which I conceptualized and designed. The show has included studio analysis, on-field tutorials, interviews and satirical sketches featuring players and coaches.

2010 - Present: Fox Sports Radio 910 Richmond - Host, Contributor
Throughout the five years that I have resided in Richmond, VA, I have been utilized by Fox Sports Radio as a fill-in show host, and frequent contrbutor on baseball and college basketball topics. Currently, I join the “Wes McElroy Show” for an hour each week to co-host and provide content on a variety of topics.

2008-2009: Charleston Southern University, Charleston, SC - (Big South Conference) - Radio Host
While serving as the “Voice of the Buccaneers,” I hosted the “Jay Mills Coach’s Show” with football coach Jay Mills, live each week from O’Charley’s in Charleston, SC. I also hosted the “Barclay Radabaugh Coach’s Show” with basketball coach Barclay Radabaugh, live each week from Zaxby’s in Charleston, SC.

2004-2007: KFAN Radio, Minneapolis, MN - Host, Reporter, Producer
After beginning my broadcasting career as an intern with KFAN 1130 AM, I was hired to join the sports staff. Over the course of four years, I served in many areas, including hosting “Prep Sports Saturday,” “Friday Night Football Scoreboard,” and “The Fan Farm System.” I also had the chance to produce and sit second chair on each of the Fan’s highly popular live shows. I also worked the beat for the Minnesota Vikings, Twins, Wild, Timberwolves and University of Minnesota Athletics.

2003: Minnesota Vikings Football Club, Eden Prairie, MN - Media Relations Intern
While continuing to gain valuable experience in Minneapolis, MN, I was hired as a gameday intern by the Minnesota Vikings. I held this internship simultaneously with my internship with the Fan Radio Network. In this role, I worked in the press box on game days, gathered post-game quotes from the locker rooms, and served as a spotter and statistician for CBS and FOX NFL telecasts.

2002-2003: The Fan Radio Network, Minneapolis, MN - Programming Intern
After diligently contacting numerous hosts and executives, my persistence paid off when KFAN gave me my first opportunity in sports broadcasting as an intern with the Fan Radio Network. Over nearly two years, I learned sports radio and the sports industry as a whole from the bottom up. This included audio production, show assistance, stringing for ESPN and Sporting News Radio, and eventually conducting sports updates and guest booking.

PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES
George Krieger
President - The Hampton Roads Sports Network/Apparent Gravity Media

Glenn Holterhaus
President - Video1HD

Scott Rehling
Co-Founder - Lava Studios/Executive Producer - American Athletic Conference

Ed McLaughlin
Director of Athletics - Virginia Commonwealth University

Scott Day
Associate Athletic Director - Virginia Commonwealth University

Bobby Evans
Vice President & Assistant General Manager - San Francisco Giants

Shane Turner
Director of Player Devolopment - San Francisco Giants

Paul Allen
Radio Broadcaster - Minnesota Vikings

Chad Abbott
Program Director - KFAN Radio

Kris Atteberry
Radio Broadcaster - Minnesota Twins

Chuck Greenberg
President - Greenberg Sports Group

Todd Parnell
Vice President/Chief Operating Officer - Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants - AA)