(October 10, 2016) Veteran minor league baseball broadcaster Kyle West has a new off-season job. An STAA member, West is the new voice of Radford University women’s basketball. He will broadcast a live stream of Highlanders home games and radio broadcasts for road games.
Home games will stream on the Big South Network.
“The opportunity to do 15 broadcasts with each skill set [radio and video] is extremely valuable and allows me to maintain a variety of options moving forward in my career,” says West.
West has been Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for Lynchburg Hillcats baseball since 2014. From 2013 through last year, he doubled as the football and basketball voice at West Liberty University in West Virginia while earning his Masters degree at the school. As the voice of the Hilltoppers, he called the 2013 NCAA Division II men’s basketball national championship game.
“Initially, the Radford opportunity arose at the same time the Hillcats were looking to bring me on full-time, so this presented a way to continue doing basketball play-by-play while working in baseball year-round,” ways West. “Previously, I needed to relocate in the winter to do basketball play-by-play, so I was only a seasonal employee for the Hillcats.”
West earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 2012. He joined STAA during his junior year.
“STAA provides me the comfort of having job openings sent directly to my inbox as well as the knowledge I can always pick up the phone and receive some sound, unbiased advice from CEO Jon Chelesnik at anytime,” says West. “Even though it was right down the road, I doubt I would have known about the Radford opening without STAA.
“Sometimes I feel I don’t use [my STAA membership] to its full potential, but even with that being said, I still gain far more value in return than the amount a membership costs.”
“This all happened very quickly during a hectic time in my life, but as is always the case, God cleared away the chaos and guided me to the path I was meant to take at this time. I am beyond grateful that Radford posted this opening when it did, and I am even more excited I was able to earn the job.”
(Visit Kyle’s STAA Talent Page).