Versteeg comes to the Bees from the Connecticut Tigers of the New York-Penn League (Detroit, Short-Season A) where he served as director of media relations in 2010 and radio broadcaster for all 76 games. He has also called games for the Joliet JackHammers (2006-2009) of the independent Northern League as well as the Salem Avalanche (2005) of the Carolina League (Houston, High A) and Tri-City ValleyCats (2004) of the New York-Penn League (Houston, Short-Season A).
In the off-season, Versteeg works as the radio studio host for Northern Illinois University football and men’s basketball through the school’s official multi-media rights holder, IMG College in Winston-Salem, NC. He also calls men’s and women’s basketball for North Carolina A+T State University in Greensboro, NC.
“It’s an exciting time in Burlington. From the new affiliation with the A’s to the many great promotions we have planned, I look forward to working with Chuck, Jared, Whitney, and T.J. to help continue the tradition of community-owned baseball in Burlington,” says Versteeg.
A 2005 graduate of Syracuse University where he covered Orange football, basketball and lacrosse on WAER Radio, Versteeg has also called college football for the University of Saint Francis in Joliet, IL (2007-2008) in addition to covering high school football, basketball and lacrosse on CN 100 in the greater Chicagoland area (2006-2008). He is 27 years old and originally from Torrington, CT.
“We are very fortunate to find someone with Jon’s background and experience in minor league baseball,” says Bees General Manager Chuck Brockett. “After listening to Jon’s demo tapes, it was very easy for us to bring him on board. We look forward to the upcoming season and having Jon as the new voice of the Bees.”
Once again, KBUR-1490 will serve as the flagship station for Bees Baseball. Along with his play-by-play duties, Versteeg will also handle media relations for the Bees.
The Bees open the 2011 season at Community Field on Monday April 11th against the Peoria Chiefs. For tickets or more information, contact the Bees at (319) 754-5705 or log onto http://www.gobees.com.