(April 20, 2015) Two more STAA members will be broadcasting baseball this summer. Jake Donnelly (pictured) is joining the broadcast team for the Evansville Otters of the Frontier League. Shawn Murnin is the new voice of the Northwoods League’s Mankato MoonDogs.
Donnelly is joining the Otters after serving as the Director of Broadcasting for the East Texas Pump Jacks (Texas Collegiate League) in 2013 and Wilson Tobs (Coastal Plain League) last season. This is not Donnelly’s first time in the Frontier League; he spent one summer with the Lake Erie Crushers as a Broadcasting Assistant back in 2012 working alongside Andy “Bull” Barch.
“Jake comes to us with significant collegiate and Frontier League broadcast experience,” said Otters President Bill Bussing. “He will be a great addition to radio announcers Mike Radomski and Bill McKeon in the booth this summer.”
Murnin takes over in Mankato after spending much of last year doing play-by-play for Grand Slam Wrestling. He isn’t new to minor league baseball, though. After graduating from East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania in 2011, Murnin spent the summer as a broadcasting and media relations assistant with the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees.
“I’ve found that this job market favors the active, attentive, and persistent. For a myriad of reasons I had never committed 100% to my job search. This time with some hard work and good counseling from multiple sources I was finally able to break through,” says Murnin.
Murnin is especially excited about his potential for growth this summer.
“With 12 weeks worth of games and the ability to travel with the team I’m afforded the opportunity to gain a lot of experience in a short amount of time.
“Thank you so much [to STAA] for your help and support. I was beginning to doubt this would ever happen for me, but you really helped me get my act together. I guess I had all of the pages to the book, just needed help putting them in the right order. I can’t wait to see how STAA can help me down the road in furthering my career.”