(February 3, 2015) Tyler Murray is excited about his first full-time job in minor league baseball. An STAA member, Murray is joining the Daytona Tortugas as Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. He moves to Daytona after spending last summer in a seasonal position with the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Both the Tortugas and Blue Jays are full-season, Class-A teams. In Daytona, though, Murray enjoys the benefits of full-time employment.
“Health insurance, 401K, salary etc. aside, I’m looking forward to being involved in every aspect of the organization.”
“[The Tortugas] have a great fan base, incredible radio station, and I’m already in touch with a few other (non-baseball) teams in the area about calling games in the offseason (including PA announcing for Washington Nationals Spring Training.)
When Daytona’s former Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations Robbie Aaron left the team for another opportunity in January, the Tortugas didn’t solicit applications for his replacement. Instead, they called Murray who had interned with the team in 2012.
“Glad to know my hard work that season paid off,” Murray grins.
Murray cites his ability to contribute to an organization in many different ways as one of his strongest selling points in the job market.
“I firmly believe that I would have never made a dime as an MiLB broadcaster if I didn’t know how to use programs like Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign and Final Cut.
“The teams I’ve worked for have needed more than just a voice for 140 nights a year. They need someone to run a website, write press releases, design graphics, produce game notes, put together game programs, sell sponsorships, handle interview requests, and the list goes on.”
Murray says he starting learning the non-broadcasting skills in college and during his 2012 internship with Daytona. He adds that YouTube tutorials have also been useful in helping him to develop his Photoshop skills.
“I can confidently present myself as a candidate for an MiLB broadcasting job because I know how much they value media relations skills.”
Murray has been an STAA member since October 2013.
“The job postings and talent pages are a huge help, but the benefits go way beyond that,” he says. “When I joined STAA, it felt like my career had been reinvigorated. In an industry as competitive as this one, you want to feel like you’re doing everything you can to give yourself an edge, and the advantages of STAA’s member services are second to none. [STAA’s] attention to detail and genuine care for their members provides us with much-needed confidence and encouragement during a job search, when it’s all too easy to get discouraged.
“With the support of STAA and it’s resources at your disposal, no career goal feels unattainable.”
(Visit Tyler’s STAA Talent Page).