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Mariners Broadcasters

MARINERS BROADCASTERS

Rick Rizzs
Rick RizzsRICK RIZZS, the Mariners primary voice on radio, is in his 32nd season with the broadcast team in 2017 after rejoining the team in 1995. Rick is the recipient of the 2017 Keith Jackson Award from the Seattle Sports Commission for excellence in communicating the sports stories of the state of Washington. Rick is a 1975 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. From 1975-80, he handled baseball play-by-play duties at the double-A level for Alexandria, Amarillo and Memphis. He became the sports director at WBNS radio in Columbus, Ohio in 1981, where he called Ohio State football and triple-A baseball for two seasons. He was named the Ohio "Sportscaster of the Year" in 1981 by the Ohio Sportscasters Association. Rick was originally hired to broadcast Mariners games in 1983 and spent nine seasons with the club. In 2000, Rick was named the Chicago-area sportscaster of the year by the Chicago Pitch and Hit Club. He also spent three seasons calling the play-by-play with Bob Rathbun on radio for the Detroit Tigers from 1992-94. Throughout the year, Rick also heads Toys For Kids, a non-profit he co-founded in 1995. Toys for Kids directly serves over 8,000 homeless, hospitalized or disadvantaged children during the holidays. Rick resides in Issaquah, he has one son, Nick, and two grandsons, Jaxon and Braedon and one granddaughter, Ryan.


Dave Sims

Dave Sims DAVE SIMS is in his 11th season with the Mariners broadcast team in 2017. The versatile Sims, who has national experience in baseball, basketball and football, grew up in Philadelphia and attended Bethany College in West Virginia. Sims, who focuses on play-by-play duties on Mariners television broadcasts, is familiar to sports fans across the country for calling MLB and college basketball games for ESPN, as well as NFL play-by-play on Westwood One/CBS Radio Sports, including NFC playoff games. The two-time Emmy Award winner has also called play-by-play for NCAA Basketball regular season games and tournament coverage. Sims was the recipient of the Big East Media Award in 2005, and also won the American Football Foundation's Lindsey Nelson Outstanding Sportscaster Award. Sims began his career as a sportswriter for the New York Daily News. He then became a weekend sports anchor at WCBS-TV in New York. In 1991, Sims joined ESPN as a play-by-play announcer for college basketball. On radio, he provided play-by-play for CBS Radio/Westwood One's Sunday night NFL broadcast starting in 2005. Sims has also called NCAA Basketball Tournament action for Westwood One. He co-hosts "Basketball & Beyond with Coach K" for XM Satellite Radio with Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski. Sims and his wife Abby have two sons.


Mike Blowers
Mike Blowers MIKE BLOWERS, who enters his 11th season as the Mariners television analyst, is a long-time fan favorite who did three tours with the Mariners (1992-1995, 1997, 1999). Prior to joining the Mariners broadcast team in 2007, Blowers spent four years as the pre- and post-game analyst on KOMO 1000 News broadcasts of Mariners games. Blowers was a stand-out at Bethel High School in Spanaway, WA, and was a Pac-10 Triple Crown winner while with the University of Washington. During his 11-year MLB career, Blowers also played for the Yankees (1989-91), Dodgers (1996) and Athletics (1998). He played in the postseason with the Mariners in 1995 and 1997. During Seattle's memorable 1995 season, he set career highs in almost every statistical category, including 113 hits, 24 doubles, 23 homers and 96 RBI. He tied a Major League record with three grand slams in a single month in August of '95, when he hit .283 with nine homers and a club-record tying 33 RBI. Blowers received the first-ever "Unsung Hero" award from the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1993. He was originally selected by the Montreal Expos in the 10th round of the 1986 June draft. After being traded to the Yankees on Aug. 29, 1989, Blowers made his Major League debut with the Yankees on Sept. 1 vs. California. He actually made his first ML start against the Mariners on Sept. 5, 1989. Blowers lives in Graham, with his wife Nicole and their four children.

Aaron Goldsmith

Aaron Goldsmith AARON GOLDSMITH enters his fifth season with the Mariners broadcast team in 2017 after being hired on January 17, 2013. Goldsmith calls Mariners baseball on radio and TV, and will be actively involved in non-game related broadcasting, including the Mariners Hot Stove Show, Cactus League Report and Sunday Mariners Magazine. Aaron also broadcasts Major League Baseball and college basketball on FOX and FS1. A St. Louis, Mo., native, Aaron 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. He 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. Aaron 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. 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. 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. Aaron lives in Kirkland with his wife Heather, son Jackson and daughter Hadley.


Kevin Cremin

Kevin Cremin KEVIN CREMIN is in his 35th season as Executive Producer/Engineer for all Mariners radio broadcasts in 2017. He is responsible for the technical aspects of each broadcast, as well as relaying updated game information to the entire broadcast crew. Cremin also produces the Hot Stove Show and Sunday Magazine shows for 710 ESPN Seattle. The Tulsa, Okla., native attended the University of Oklahoma and studied journalism. After spending eight years in the circulation department of the Tulsa World & Tribune, he joined the Mariners Radio Network full-time in 1983. He is currently the senior radio engineer in the AL. He and his wife, Margaret, reside in Seattle. They have two daughters: Kate and Colleen and her husband Mike Ferrell.


Mark Engelbrekt
Mark Engelbrekt MARK ENGELBREKT is in his 30th season with Mariners television in 2015. He currently serves as the Director for all telecasts on ROOT SPORTS™ in Seattle. Mark graduated from the University of Washington in 1974 with a B.A. in communications. After working as a floor director for KING and KOMO, he joined KSTW in 1977 as Producer/Director of the Ten O'clock News. He produced Mariners telecasts from 1982-85 and served as Producer/Director from 1989-91. He joined the Mariners organization as television network producer in 1993. He resides in Seattle with wife Dianne, son Max and daughter Lily.

Jim Armintrout
Jim Armintrout JIM ARMINTROUT enters his first full season with Mariners television in 2017. He currently serves as the director for telecasts on ROOT SPORTS™ Northwest. Born and raised in Edmonds, Wash., Jim has been working in the television industry for more than 30 years, including the last 24 years as a producer or director with MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL clubs. He directed Mariners telecasts for NHK (Japan) from 2001-2003, and since 2013 has directed a partial schedule of Mariners telecasts. Most recently, he has directed Colorado Rockies telecasts on ROOT SPORTS™ Rocky Mountain and Los Angeles Lakers telecasts on Spectrum SportsNet. He resides in Golden, Colo., with his wife Guadalupe and daughters, Alea and Kiera.


Alex Rivera
Alex Rivera ALEX RIVERA is in his 10th season as Spanish play-by-play voice of the Mariners broadcast team in 2016. The former Latin and Reggae musician, brings flavor and soul to the Mariners Spanish Broadcast Team. Since making the cross-country move, the New York native has built up a wealth of experience in the Seattle area. On top of collaborating on previous Spanish broadcasts with the Mariners, Alex has also worked for Spanish publications El Mundo and La Voz as well as Radio Sol during his career in print and on the airwaves. Alex lives in Edmonds with his wife Cindy and daughters, Gloria and Alexis.


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