Kelner new Fort Myers Miracle baseball voice

“Marshall(November 9, 2017) After two years in California, STAA member Marshall Kelner is heading to the other state known for an abundance of sunshine. Kelner has been named Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Fort Myers Miracle.

Kelner arrives in Fort Myers after two years with the Lancaster JetHawks (Rockies High-A affiliate).

“I think you get better the more repetitions you get and that’s the case for me after two seasons in Lancaster,” says Kelner.

Kelner adds that he learned a ton from his boss in Lancaster, Jason Schwartz. “We first met when we worked together at USC beginning in 2007 and have been friends ever since. It was great to reunite. It was the first time since 2013 that I have had a broadcast partner, so I feel like I got a lot better at doing color the last couple years. Also, we developed a good back and forth on the air, which I think will serve me well going forward.”

A USC alum, Kelner’s career includes stops with the Dunedin Blue Jays and Harrisburg Senators. One thing that has aided him in pursuing his baseball career is the STAA membership he has had since 2010.

“My STAA membership helps me in a lot of ways. It helps me stay on top of job openings, Jon is always willing to give advice, and the videos with some of the top broadcasters in the business always provide solid insight.”

Broadcasting minor league baseball can be one of the toughest grinds in sportscasting. For a passionate broadcaster like Kelner, it’s a worthwhile pursuit.

“What motivates me to stick with minor league baseball is the passion I have for the game and how much I enjoy calling games on a nightly basis. Also, I have had a dream for a long time to be a major league baseball broadcaster and that motivates me as well. I think it’s too early to give up on that dream.”

(Visit Marshall’s STAA Talent Page).

Chance meeting leads Ambrose to college play-by-play gig

“Robert(November 6, 2017) A chance meeting has led Robert Ambrose to a new play-by-play opportunity. An STAA member, Ambrose is the new basketball, baseball and volleyball voice at Augusta University.

AU is a NCAA DII school in Augusta, GA.

The opportunity arose when Ambrose met the Augusta University’s sports information director at an Augusta GreenJackets baseball game. Ambrose was a media relations intern for the team.

“The AU baseball team and the GreenJackets share the same stadium,” Ambrose explains. “The SID told me that AU broadcasts their sports over the Internet. When my internship with the GreenJackets was winding down, I sent him an e-mail expressing interest in broadcasting for AU. He immediately brought me on board.”

The AU opportunity gives Ambrose a chance to spread his wings beyond baseball. “While calling play-by-play in the minor leagues is still my dream, I believe it is valuable to gain experience and get footage from other sports and AU has exactly that to offer,” he says.

Ambrose is a four-year STAA member. “STAA has helped me with strategies in applying for jobs, and they have so far paid off. They have helped me with basic cover letter skills that if you fail to use, you will not get past first base. I have also learned effective strategies for following up with employers.”

A 2013 graduate of California Lutheran University, Ambrose has worked in a variety of roles for the North Adams SteepleCats, Reno Aces and Birmingham Barons.

(Visit Robert’s STAA Talent Page).

Hill adding UW women’s hoops to resume

Gary HillGary Hill, part of the Seattle Mariners radio broadcast team, is adding University of Washington women’s basketball to his resume.

An STAA member since 2008, Hill is a veteran of Seattle-area sports broadcasting circles. In addition to his work with the Mariners, Hill has been the voice of the WNBA’s Seattle Storm, University of Washington baseball and softball, and University of Puget Sound football and basketball. He’s also filled-in on Huskies men’s basketball and hosts the Seattle Seahawks Radio Network.

“I am thrilled to broadcast University of Washington Women’s Basketball,” Hill says. “The tradition of the program is tremendous and I am especially excited to work with Coach Wynn and her staff.”

Hill is a graduate of Washington State University.

(Visit Gary’s website).

Ratick adds UV women’s hoops to busy schedule

(October 26 2017) In a year packed with personal milestones, Logan Ratick is adding one more to the list. Ratick, a 2017 STAA All-American, is the new women’s basketball voice and Sports Information/Media Relations assistant at the University of Vermont.

“It will be the most basketball play-by-play I’ve done in one season so I will have a lot of opportunities to get better and connect with my audience. It is not too far away from my home in Connecticut and I just spent a summer broadcasting baseball across the country.” Ratick grins, “Also, playing in Miami twice this season will be a great reprieve from the cold.”

If there is one reason to attend Syracuse University as an aspiring sportscaster, it’s the potential for relationship building. The ‘Cuse connection, combined with Ratick’s ambition, lead directly to the Catamounts opportunity.

“I knew that the University of Vermont was a starting point for a bunch of Syracuse graduates when I was still in school. During my sophomore year, (fellow STAA member) Kevin Fitzgerald was the UVM women’s basketball broadcaster. Other SU grads such as Mike Couzens have started there as well. While I was looking for basketball jobs this summer, I reached out to Sam Hyman, the men’s basketball broadcaster at UVM, who graduated Syracuse a year before I did. I asked him if the women’s broadcast position would open up and he said yes. Sam told me to get in touch with the right people.”

The seasonal position at UVM leaves Ratick free to continue pursuing baseball opportunities.

“It’s been my goal for a long time to move up to full season baseball. I had a great year with the Idaho Falls Chukars. My boss out there, Kevin Greene, and I agreed that I should look for a A/AA/AAA job and he thinks that I am capable of landing one. I understand some clubs would want me to start early, but the basketball season ends a few weeks before baseball begins.”

“I am good at working remotely and would not want another broadcasting opportunity to be the reason I miss out on a job.”

Ratick is excited to spend the winter getting courtside reps after a season on the diamond.

“I’m passionate about baseball and basketball. They are the sports I want to broadcast for many years. They are my two favorite sports.”

Pauley new voice of Phoenix women’s hoops

Matt Pauley has been named the new voice of University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s basketball. Pauley brings over 15 years of basketball broadcasting experience at the college and high school levels on radio, TV and other digital platforms. He’s been an STAA member since 2007.

Pauley is already known throughout much of the state as the host of the ‘Brewers Extra Innings’ post-game show that airs following Milwaukee Brewers baseball on their flagship station, 620 WTMJ. He also has a national profile and can be heard anchoring sports flash updates on ‘SB Nation Radio’ affiliates across the country.

“It’s hard to put into words how excited I am to be joining Green Bay women’s basketball as the team’s play-by-play broadcaster. An opportunity to join a program with a rich tradition like this one does not come around very often. I can’t wait to start broadcasting the games for the great fans of Phoenix women’s basketball.”

Prior to moving to Wisconsin, Pauley spent six years in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was one of the broadcasters of Air Force men’s basketball. He also provided play-by-play of various other Air Force events for the ‘Mountain West Network’ streaming service. Pauley spent six years broadcasting Colorado Springs Sky Sox baseball, the Triple-A affiliate of the Brewers.

In addition to his work at the Air Force academy, he has served as the primary voice of Southeastern Community College men’s basketball, and Bryant and Stratton men’s and women’s basketball. Pauley has also provided television play-by-play of basketball on various channels and streaming services throughout his career.

Matt and his wife, Stefanie, reside in Brookfield with their two dogs, Katie and Kelly. He is a 2006 graduate of Kansas State University and a native of St. Louis, Mo.

(Visit Matt’s STAA Talent Page).

Relationships land Wong WBB gig UC Davis

“Greg(October 20, 2017) It’s not often that a broadcaster gets to call games for his alma mater, but that’s the opportunity earned by Greg Wong. An STAA member, Wong is the new women’s basketball voice at UC Davis.

At Davis, Wong joins fellow STAA member Scott Marsh on the broadcast staff. Marsh is the voice of Aggies football and men’s basketball.

When Wong was a student at Davis, the student radio station was also the flagship station for women’s basketball. “I was fortunate enough to be the primary play-by-play voice for the women’s basketball team both my junior and senior years, calling upwards of 70 home and road games,” says Wong.

In addition to honing his craft, the experience allowed Wong to build relationships with the Aggies coaching staff and athletic department. When UC Davis athletics became a property of Learfield Sports this year, Wong correctly guessed the school would discontinue using student broadcasters and would hire a women’s basketball voice.

“I have to give a special shout out to the three SIDs at Davis, Jason Spencer, Eric Bankston and Mark Honbo, all of whom I was able to build great relationships with when I went to school at Davis. They were the ones that recommended me to Learfield.”

Listen to a highlight from Greg

Aggies women’s basketball coach Jen Gross also put in a good word for Wong.

“It’s a great thrill to be able to broadcast for my alma mater, which was the place I fell in love with broadcasting and gave me the opportunity to learn and grow as a broadcaster. It’s incredible to be able to go back and be the voice of a team that has meant so much to me.”

Wong spent this summer as a broadcasting and media relations assistant for minor league baseball’s Harrisburg Senators. In 2016, he held a similar position with the West Virginia Power. His resume also includes Menlo Park Legends baseball, Diablo Valley (CA) College football, high school football on the Internet for the NFHS Network and a variety of experience on the UC Davis campus station.

He plans to continue in minor league baseball next summer. “I look forward to being able to pair this with a baseball broadcasting opportunity, which would allow me to stay on the air almost the entire year.”

Understanding the value of relationship building is one area in which Wong has grown since joining STAA in 2015. “STAA helped me realize the importance of networking and being persistent when pursuing potential jobs,” he says. “Last year I was frustrated when I contacted various schools and couldn’t find any basketball openings, but STAA and Jon Chelesnik have really help me understand that you never know when something is going to pop up as long as you stay active in the job market.

“That couldn’t have been more true here.”

(Visit Greg’s STAA Talent Page).

Ross lands job after employer kept resume on file

(October 12, 2017) Sometimes when an employer says they’ll keep you resume on file, they actually do. That’s what happened to STAA member Ari Ross. Now he’s a play-by-play broadcaster and assistant sports information director for Monroe College in New York.

“My official title is Assistant SID, and I’ll be the No. 1 media contact for their Bronx teams and the No. 2 for the New Rochelle teams, where I’ll also be doing a lot of the broadcasting on their live streams,” says Ross.

The opportunity arose after Ross unsuccessfully applied for a different job at Monroe in February. He explains, “Fast forward to August and I get an email from the Sports Information Director about an Assistant SID position with the college. The SID had found my resume from the previous job posting and contacted me.”

In addition to his office duties, Ross will be getting a ton of air-time. “I will be doing play-by-play for Monroe Mustangs football, men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball.”

Listen to a highlight from Ari

Though Ross only recently graduated from Northwestern, he’s already built an impressive resume. He spent this summer broadcasting baseball for the Sioux Falls Canaries. He’s also called games for the Battle Creek Bombers, done play-by-play for various sports at Northwestern, written for newspapers, shot and edited video and produced Internet content.

The decision to leave minor league baseball for Monroe College was one that Ross considered carefully. “After two summers of working for independent teams in the Northwoods League and the American Association, I was interested in not only finding something more stable but also something in a larger city. When the opportunity came up at Monroe College in New York City, it immediately piqued my interest.”

The chance to broadcast a variety of sports isn’t the only benefit Ross sees in his relocation. “There are so many other opportunities, whether it be networking or freelance, that’ll I’ll be able to take advantage of in New York.”

(Visit Ari’s website).

David Fine new Reading Royals voice

After two seasons in the USHL, David Fine is moving up the minor league hockey ladder. An STAA member, Fine is the new Director of Broadcasting/Media Relations for the Reading Royals.

Reading is the ECHL affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers.

Fine moves the Pennsylvania from the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League, where he served in a similar capacity for the past two seasons. Prior to that, Fine spent four seasons on the broadcast crew for the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.

In 2016, Fine earned All-America honors in STAA’s annual ranking of the nation’s most outstanding collegiate sports broadcasters.

“The Royals are eagerly anticipating David’s arrival in Reading,” said Ray Melcher, the Chief Operating Office and General Manager of the Royals. “He has done a wonderful job in the USHL over the past two seasons, and we’re confident that he will bring his strong broadcasting skill set, as well as his genuine enthusiasm and energy to the Royals’ broadcasts this season.”

“I want to thank Mr. Melcher, Mr. Gulati and the Royals’ organization for this fantastic opportunity,” Fine said. “I’m excited to carry on the great broadcasting tradition here in Reading and cannot wait to get started.”

In two years with Tri-City, Fine, 24, handled the duties in the broadcast booth for the team’s only run to the Clark Cup Championship in 2016. He was selected to work the USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game as a broadcaster twice by the league. Prior to his time with the Storm, Fine broadcasted minor league baseball in 2015 with the Lansing Lugnuts. A 2015 graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, Fine spent four years (2011-15) with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League as assistant director of broadcasting and also was a part of the broadcast team for Syracuse University football, basketball and lacrosse at WAER 88.3 FM in Syracuse. He is a native of Bloomfield, New Jersey.

(Visit David’s website).

DiMaggio approach lands Gulick at The Fan in Cleveland

“Brendan(October 5, 2017) Joe DiMaggio famously explained the reason he consistently played so hard is because someone might be watching him for the first time. A similar mindset has landed STAA member Brendan Gulick a sports update anchor job at CBS Radio in Cleveland.

“Joining the team at 92.3 The Fan is a great opportunity,” Gulick, a Cleveland native, smiles. “They are very well-respected locally and I’m learning that there are lots of ways to build your career. Everyone’s journey is different, but I think there is something to be said for trying to lay your foundation in a bigger market.”

Since graduating from John Carroll University in 2013, Gulick has been broadcasting minor league baseball, college and high school play-by-play on platforms from radio and Internet to ESPN3.

“Most of my opportunities came outside of the Cleveland market after I graduated” says Gulick. “I moved eight times in four years as I bounced between seasonal baseball and college athletics jobs to build up my work experience. I came back to Cleveland in November, 2016 and have been balancing a number of different things.”

The opportunity to move to sports talk radio came as a surprise.

“A few months ago, the former GM of my college radio station (WJCU) asked if I would be willing to help out over the summer while their kids were away on break,” Gulick explains.

He ended up doing several shows. “Luckily, one of those shows re-aired several weeks later and [92.3 The Fan Program Director] Andy Roth happened to hear it. It was certainly a stroke of good fortune,” Gulick grins.

Roth contacted Gulick and eventually offered him a job. “It just reinforces the old adage – always do your best work because you never know who is listening,” he says.

Gulick appreciates that versatility can lead to a long career.

“My experience has primarily been in play-by-play since I began my career and it’s no secret that I love broadcasting live events. But as anyone in this industry knows, you have to be versatile if you’re going to build a career in sports broadcasting.

“I’m trying to diversify my experience as much as I can and I want to build my credibility in the Cleveland market. I’m trying to meet as many people as I can and build quality relationships.”

For a similar story on “being discovered,” watch this short STAAtv video about how former STAA member Christian Bruey landed at WFTV in Orlando.

(Visit Brendan’s STAA Talent Page).

Friendship helps Von Keudell score IceRays job

(October 2, 2017) When the Wichita Falls Wildcats folded after last season season, Alex von Keudell didn’t know where his next hockey broadcasting opportunity might be. Fortunately, he had a friend who was eager to help. Now, von Keudell is the Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations for the Corpus Christi IceRays.

Von Keudell follows fellow STAA member Collin Schuck with the NAHL hockey team. Schuck recently left Corpus for the Lincoln Stars of the USHL. Before Schuck left, he helped line-up his friend to be his replacement.

“Collin and I were both up for the Lincoln Stars job,” says von Keudell. “He knew he was a frontrunner and promptly called me to ask if I’d be interested in the Corpus Christi job if he were to leave. We worked together in the South Division for two years, and I was flattered that he trusted me to be his successor.”

When Schuck was hired in Lincoln, he recommended von Keudell to IceRays GM Pat Dunn. A couple days later, von Keudell was offered the job.

A 2015 graduate of Bradley University, von Keudell spent two seasons with Wichita Falls. Prior to that, he was the voice of the Peoria Mustangs. He has mixed emotions about the Wildcats shuttering their organization.

“It was bittersweet,” he says. “All of us could see it coming, so it didn’t come as a surprise. On the one hand, I knew I’d be losing my job. On the other, I knew the next job I’d get would be better, and that I’d get the chance to spend some time with family during the offseason.”

Von Keudell has been an STAA member since 2015. “The sports broadcasting field is extremely competitive and the job search is not very rewarding to people who don’t have help. STAA has given me an edge in receiving job leads, it’s helped improve my cover letters, and it’s helped me to make connections which could come in handy at the most opportune times.”

One of von Keudell’s most important connections is his friendship with Schuck. “I worked in the NAHL South for two years,” von Keudell says. “I already knew some of the staff, I knew the league and the division very well. And I managed to earn Collin Schuck’s respect, which is what ultimately led to me landing the job more than anything else.”