John Sadak Named Broadcaster of the Year
IF Client John Sadak has been named 2013 Broadcaster of the Year by Ballpark Digest. Sadak was recognized for his work as the voice of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, a professional minor league baseball team based in Moosic, Pennsylvania. The RailRiders are the Triple-A affiliate of the New York Yankees.
Below is a full press release, courtesy of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders:
Moosic, Pa. – It is awards season for minor league baseball. And one of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders’ own has added to the franchise’s swelling off-season trophy case. The RailRiders’ lead radio and TV play-by-play announcer, John Sadak, has been named 2013 Broadcaster of the Year by Ballpark Digest.
“Talk about a commanding presence on the airwaves,” said Ballpark Digest publisher Kevin Reichard. “John is the ultimate professional in calling a game. He tells a great story and is always compelling in his descriptions of the action.”
Last off-season, the New York City native ascended to the minors’ top level with the Triple-A International League affiliate of the New York Yankees. He became just the third play-by-play voice in the history of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre franchise.
“John calls the game with such smoothness and such eloquent detail,” said RailRiders president/GM Rob Crain. “Going through the hiring process, John separated himself with his detailed description of the game without speaking too much. He was fluid, he was descriptive, he spoke to the listeners as they were having a casual conversation over coffee.”
Sadak had previously worked for the New York Yankees, Lakewood BlueClaws, MLB Productions and, most recently, as the Voice of the Wilmington Blue Rocks. With Wilmington, he was named the 2012 Carolina League Broadcaster of the Year and twice received Delaware Sportscaster of the Year accolades from the National Sportscasters & Sportswriters Association.
In addition to his baseball work, Sadak also handles national play-by-play duties for a variety of sports including football and basketball with WestwoodOne, CBS Sports Network and the ESPN family of networks.
“What a surprise and what an honor,” said Sadak. “I offer my sincere thanks to Kevin Reicherd and Ballpark Digest. This humbling award in a field full of tremendous talent marks the exclamation point to a fantastic year. My incredibly supportive wife Colleen and I welcomed our first baby into the world the same day I was offered the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre job. It appears our beautiful little Claire brought abundant luck along with her that has stretched beyond that October morning. None of this would have been possible without my family’s loving support.
“And many thanks to my boss and friend with the RailRiders, Rob Crain, for giving me the opportunity to call Triple-A baseball, along with my former boss with the New York Yankees, Mike Bonner, for seeing something in me years ago and all of his help since.”