For some time now, I have been recruiting Kirsten Karbach as a contributing writer here on Phuture Phillies. Kirsten is the voice of the Clearwater Threshers. Among many things she does for the Threshers, Kirsten broadcasts over a hundred ballgames each season, seventy home games and a large number of road games.
The seasonal nature of baseball broadcasting, affords Kirsten some down time. A year ago, I bumped into Kirsten at a local store, and suggested she broaden her audience by joining us during the off season. We agreed that Kirsten would contribute to our site but as luck would have it, she was offered an opportunity to work in the California Winter League, the official winter league of the Frontier League. Fortunately, she returned to Florida and her post as the lead play-by-play announcer for the Clearwater Threshers.
In addition to Threshers’ game broadcasts, Kirsten interviews players, coaches, and recently interviewed Joe Jordan. Her responsibilities also include a post-game, on-air wrap-up; the game story posted with the Threshers’ and MiLB box score blogs; daily updates to the Game Notes distributed to scouts and visiting media including Shark Bytes, a synopsis of recent recent individual and team accomplishments, as well as a brief update/bio of that day’s starting pitchers; and featured articles in the Threshers Times, the program distributed to fans on game days.
Kirsten also sat in for Scott Franzke and did play-by-play with Larry Andersen during spring training last season, does in-game video announcements posted on the scoreboard before and during games, does television promos on local television for the Threshers, and acts as the stadium announcer during the AAC tournament.
Kirsten’s first article will be published shortly. I look forward to additional contributions. Please make her feel as welcome as you made me when I joined three seasons ago.