01/17/2013 3:08 PM ET
Mariners Name Aaron Goldsmith as New Radio Announcer
Goldsmith will team with lead announcer Rick Rizzs on 710 ESPN and the Mariners radio network.
By / MLB.com
SEATTLE, Wash. -- Seattle Mariners Senior Vice President of Communications Randy Adamack announced today that Aaron Goldsmith has been hired by the club as its new radio announcer. Goldsmith will join lead announcer Rick Rizzs, calling spring training and regular season games, and will be actively involved in non-game related broadcasting, including the Mariners Hot Stove League Show, Cactus League Report and Saturday Mariners Magazine.
“Aaron has a bright future as a broadcaster, and we believe Mariners fans in the Northwest will enjoy listening to him with Rick Rizzs on 710 ESPN and the Mariners Radio Network,” Adamack said. “He will be a great fit here for many years to come.”
The Mariners have used a rotating group of announcers the past two seasons. With the addition of Goldsmith, the primary broadcast teams for 2013 will be Rizzs and Goldsmith on radio, and Dave Sims and Mike Blowers on TV.
Goldsmith, 29, spent the 2012 season as the lead announcer for the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, calling all 144 PawSox games on the club’s 14-station network, as well as handling 10 telecasts last season. He was the co-host of the weekly PawSox Insider radio show, and was the author of the highly-regarded MLB.com blog, 45 Miles from Fenway. Goldsmith was also responsible for the PawSox’ social media efforts (@AaronMGoldsmith) and led the PawSox’ Speakers Bureau.
In recent years, the Pawtucket club has had several of its announcers move directly to the Major Leagues, including Gary Cohen (Mets), Don Orsillo (Red Sox), Dave Flemming (Giants), Andy Freed (Rays) and Dave Jageler (Nationals). Aaron succeeded Dan Hoard, now the radio voice of the Cincinnati Bengals in 2012.
Prior to joining Pawtucket, Goldsmith spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the radio broadcaster for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. He also served as the team’s Manager of Broadcasting/Media Development. In 2009, Aaron was the broadcaster/studio host for the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox AA affiliate in the Eastern League.
“I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining the Seattle Mariners broadcast team,” said Goldsmith. “The idea of contributing to an organization with such a rich tradition on the radio is a tremendous honor and a standard I look forward to upholding. I'm eager to start working alongside Rick Rizzs and contributing to the Mariners both on and off the air.”
Goldsmith began his broadcast career in 2007 with the Gateway Grizzlies in the independent Frontier League, and called the Bourne Braves games in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2008.
“It’s a great opportunity for a young man who deserves it,” Rizzs said. “We had an exhaustive search and he was selected from a very talented group of baseball broadcasters. He’s going to make a great contribution to our broadcast team, and I am confident the fans will enjoy his work.”
A St. Louis, Mo, native, Goldsmith graduated from Principia College in Elsah, IL, with a BA in history. After college he attended the Broadcast Center in St. Louis, earning a certificate in Radio Broadcasting and Production.
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