Category: broadcaster

Brendan is in his third season as the radio voice of the Rivermen as well as the team’s director of communications. He arrived in Peoria after being named 2007-08 ECHL Broadcaster of the Year while calling games for the Wheeling Nailers. He spent two years with the Pittsburgh Penguins affiliate and was selected to call the 2008 ECHL All-Star Game in Stockton, CA.

The 26-year-old native of Fair Lawn, NJ, Burke has spent three summers broadcasting baseball for Philadelphia Phillies minor league affiliates with the Batavia Muckdogs (2006) and the Lakewood BlueClaws (2007-08). Burke graduated from Ithaca College in 2006 where he served as the sports director for the school’s two radio stations. He performed play-by-play for IC football, basketball, baseball, and lacrosse while broadcasting women’s hockey across town at Cornell University.


Legendary Chicago Cubs player and broadcaster Ron Santo died Thursday night of bladder cancer in Arizona. He was 70. “He absolutely loved the Cubs,” said Santo’s broadcast partner, Pat Hughes. “The Cubs have lost their biggest fan. Even objective baseball observers acknowledged Santo to be “the best player not in the Hall of Fame,’’ his career statistics and accomplishments on par with some of the eight third basemen who were enshrined at the time he played. A nine-time all-star in his 15-year career, Santo hit .277 with 2,254 hits, 342 home runs and 1,331 runs batted in. He also won the Gold Glove award five times.


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