(April 24, 2018) First year Fort Myers Miracle Broadcasting and Media Relations Director Marshall Kelner has filled his assistant position twice this off-season. His first hire left for a job closer to home. His second hire, fellow STAA member Andrew Bern, has turned out to be a great fit.
Fort Myers is the Class-A affiliate of the Minnesota Twins. It is Bern’s first position in affiliated baseball.
“Many people in the Miracle front office are also in their first year, so it gives us the opportunity to grow together,” Bern says.
The Miracle initially posted the opening in early December. Bern was among the applicants. “When the position re-opened in late March, the Miracle reached out to me, having saved my application and demos. We spoke and realized it was a perfect fit.”
For most of the past three years, Bern has been a radio sports director in Burnham, PA. His duties included high school sports play-by-play, daily sports updates and a weekly sports talk show. “I created game notes and edited highlights for my own personal use,” he says. “I believe my ability to go above and beyond and my professional background in announcing all ages of baseball including youth, high school, and college, helped in my pursuit of the Fort Myers position.”
Bern joined STAA in 2016. “My STAA membership helps me as I navigate through the sports broadcasting industry. Jon Chelesnik is accessible and provides feedback and support.”
Bern is a 2014 alumnus of Monmouth University in New Jersey, from where he graduated summa cum laude in Communication Radio/TV. His first job after college was News and Sports Director at KATL Radio in Miles City, MT. Bern has also broadcast men and women’s basketball for Mansfield, an NCAA Division II school in Pennsylvania.
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