(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).