(February 11, 2011) Ben Gellman is excited for his first broadcasting opportunity in pro baseball. Making it even better is the fact he isn’t going to have to travel far to do it. An STAA client, Gellman is joining the Hickory Crawdads as a broadcasting and media relations assistant.
The Crawdads are the Class-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Their North Carolina location is just over two hours West on I-40 from Gellman’s home in Chapel Hill.
“I can’t begin to express my excitement at the prospect of spending my first full season in professional baseball, and the thought of joining a terrific organization like the Crawdads only makes it better,” Gellman says. “I’m thrilled to be learning everything I can from [Crawdads Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations] Andrew Buchbinder, and I look forward to doing everything I can in the Hickory front office.”
Buchbinder is equally pleased to welcome Gellman on board.
“Ben is going to be a good fit for us because of his passion for the sports industry as a whole and his hunger to further his experience in the broadcast booth in a professional setting. He has a good understanding of the multi-faceted nature of this business and we’re excited to have him for 2011.”
Gellman is the second straight STAA client to work for the Crawdads. Last summer, Graham Doty worked for the team in the same capacity for which Gellman has been hired.
“Throughout the entire job search process, Jon Chelesnik and STAA have been invaluable resources to me,” says Gellman. “Whenever I needed an introduction or a point in the right direction, Jon was always available to me. The two biggest assets in my job search were persistence and STAA.”
A 2008 graduate of Brandeis University in Waltham, MA, Gellman earned his masters in broadcast journalism from Syracuse University just over one year later. Most recently, he worked at WCHL 1360 in Chapel Hill, NC doing news and play-by-play for high school baseball, basketball and football. Gellman has worked in radio since 2004 when he got his start on the student station at Brandeis.