(January 14, 2014) College sportscasters are reminded often that the first few years of their career will likely be spent in a location far from home. STAA client Brandon Liebhaber is fortunate to be starting his career in a familiar place. Liebhaber has been accepted a Broadcasting and Media Assistant position with the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.
The Quakes are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I get to live at home, which is a big plus after four years away at Northwestern. It’s also great because I don’t have to move somewhere completely new for my first job so I’ll have a comfort level there and be close to my family, which is something I know many broadcasters aren’t able to do. And the Southern California weather isn’t too bad either.”
Liebhaber is particularly looking forward to drawing on the experience of Quakes broadcaster Mike Lindskog, a 22 year minor league veteran.
“I’ll not only have the opportunity to get on air, but I’ll learn everything about minor league baseball. I’ve heard nothing but great things about the Quakes (who won California League organization of the year last season) and the Brett Sports ownership group.”
Last summer, Liebhaber worked as the Broadcaster and Media Director for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod League. Liebhaber has been packing on the experience while at Northwestern University, including play-by-play for both radio and television. It was that resume of experience Liebhaber took to Baseball’s Winter Meetings.
“Because of where I live, the Cal League had always appealed to me but there weren’t any broadcast openings in the league at the Winter Meetings, initially. I saw it on the board Monday in Orlando and immediately submitted my resume and sample CD. The next day I got a call from Mike Lindskog saying he wanted to talk and we had a great conversation about the opportunity that really appealed to me.”
Liebhaber graudates from Northwestern in March. Then it will be back to California for opening day with the Quakes in April.
“I’m extremely excited to get my start with such a fantastic organization. It certainly doesn’t hurt that they’re a Dodger affiliate and I’m a pretty big Dodger fan myself.”
(Visit Brandon’s personal website.)