(February 6, 2011) After two years in the sunshine state, Joel Godett is migrating back north to South Carolina to join the Myrtle Beach Pelicans. An STAA client, Godett is the new Media Relations Manager and Play-by-play Broadcaster for the Pelicans.
The Pelicans are the Class-A Advanced affiliate Carolina League affiliate of the Texas Rangers.
When it came time to find a new lead broadcaster, the Pelicans sent the job lead to STAA and requested that it be sent exclusively to STAA clients. Godett credits STAA not just for the sending him the lead, but also for helping evaluate his options.
“The biggest thing is [STAA] is a great place for getting job leads and information. I most likely wouldn’t have known about Myrtle Beach if it weren’t for STAA.
“The second thing would be the conversations I’ve had with [STAA CEO] Jon Chelesnik in terms of the sounding board he provides. I trust his insight and his knowledge. He is a good person to use to try to sort things about and put yourself in the best position to get into those spots.”
Technically, this is Godett’s second opportunity with Myrtle Beach. He was offered the No. 2 position in the summer of 2009 but declined in order to accept a position with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.
“Myrtle Beach has always been attractive to me,” Godett says. “When I first got into pro baseball I was in Winston-Salem. Myrtle Beach was always one of my favorite road trips because the fans come out in droves to support the team and it is an unbelievable atmosphere. You also get the feeling everybody enjoys working there. You walk in the door and think ‘this place is awesome.’”
After a season with Buffalo, Godett moved south to call play-by-play for the University of South Florida. Most recently, he was the lead broadcaster for the Bradenton Marauders, Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Godett spent those years wisely, working hard to develop his skills to become capable of handling lead voice duties.
“The biggest thing just comes down to self-improvement. Work on yourself every day and work on your skills every day. If you go to the ballpark every day and put your best foot forward on every broadcast and you ask others to critique you and you critique yourself, you are going to end up someplace you want to be in the long run.”
(Visit Joel’s STAA Talent Page).