Marauders Announce Radio/TV Deals

PRESS RELEASE – The Bradenton Marauders, Class A-Advanced Affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, are proud to announce that all 140 games of the 2011 season plus playoffs will be broadcast on the radio. In addition, the Marauders Magazine, a monthly half-hour program, will air on Manatee Educational Television.

WTMY 1280 AM, “The Talk Station,” will serve as the team’s broadcast home. The station is the No. 1 rated talk station in the Sarasota-Bradenton area and reaches from the Skyway Bridge down to Venice Island.

“This is the next big step in extending Marauders baseball to fans across the area,” said Trevor Gooby, the Pittsburgh Pirates Senior Director of Florida Operations. “We’re thrilled to begin our partnership with WTMY.”

Based out of its brand new state-of-the-art facilities on Main Street in Sarasota, “The Talk Station” broadcasts nationally syndicated hosts Laura Ingram, Phil Hendrie and the Man Cow. It also features high school football and basketball from around the area.

“We are looking forward to establishing WTMY as the home for the Marauders,” said WTMY Programming Director Lenny Lyons. “We want fans to know they can turn to 1280 on the dial and find the Marauders. We’re very excited to begin this partnership with one of the preeminent minor league teams in the state of Florida.”

Meanwhile, the Marauders Magazine TV show will feature in-depth interviews with players, coaches and staff and dive deep into excitement and rigors of a season in the minor leagues. The program intends to take a look at baseball from all perspectives, including that of the fan. “This is just another way fans can connect with, and feel like a part of, their team,” Gooby said. “We’re looking forward to providing fantastic in-depth coverage and are excited to join with METV.”

Manatee Educational Television is available on Bright House Networks and Verizon FiOS as well as Comcast. METV provides commercial free programs that are focused on enriching, informing and providing educational access information for all the residents of Manatee County. It produces over 30 original programs each month on community, cultural and educational issues, concerns and opportunities.

The first episode is set to air in March and will briefly review 2010 while also covering Spring Training and a look forward to the upcoming season.

Joel Godett returns for his second season with as the “Voice of the Marauders” and host of the Marauders Magazine. Godett enters his fourth season broadcasting professional baseball after having previously worked for the Salem Avalanche (A-Advanced, Astros) and Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A, Mets). The 23-year old also brings collegiate experience having been the voice of women’s basketball and baseball at the University of South Florida before joining the Marauders in 2010. He also serves as the morning sports anchor and a reporter for Central New York’s talk leader, WSYR radio.

The Marauders season begins April 7 on the road at Charlotte. First pitch is set for 6:30. For more information please visit call (941) 747-3031.

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