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Aaron Goldsmith (born August 29, 1983, in Wichita, Kansas) is an American sportscaster.

Aaron Goldsmith
Born (1983-08-29) August 29, 1983 (age 35)
Sports commentary career
Genre(s)Play-by-play
SportsMajor League Baseball,
College football,
College basketball,
National Football League

Since 2013, he has been a play-by-play announcer for the Seattle Mariners Radio Network,[1] working innings 3, 6 and 7 of each game. In addition, Goldsmith also does some of the lead play-by-play on selected games for Root Sports Northwest during the Mariners baseball season.[2] Goldsmith also does selected baseball games, primarily on selected Saturdays for Fox Sports 1. In the off-season, he also provides play-by-play for college football on Sports USA Radio Network and Pac-12 basketball on Fox Sports 1.

Goldsmith spent the early part of his childhood in Wichita, Kansas and he was a Royals fan. He attended his first game at Kauffman Stadium and he has stated that Bo Jackson, George Brett, and Bret Saberhagen were some of his favorite players as a child. When his family moved to St. Louis, Goldsmith became a Cardinals fan. Goldsmith has stated that legendary Cardinals announcer Jack Buck was a big influence to him and that he meant just as much to St. Louis as legendary Mariners announcer Dave Niehaus meant to Seattle.

When Goldsmith was attending Principia College in Illinois working on a degree in history, he said that he woke up one morning, thinking that sportscasting may be a fun career. After graduating from Principia with his history degree, Goldsmith began taking classes at the Broadcast Center in St. Louis. Due to his history background, Goldsmith often found he was four years behind other students. It took 10 months for Goldsmith to graduate from The Broadcast Center.

Upon graduation, Goldsmith began play-by-play broadcasting as an intern for Gateway Grizzlies games. The year was 2007, and Goldsmith would provide 2-innings of play-by-play for each home game.[3] Goldsmith would follow this up with an unpaid internship with the Bourne Braves and then a similar position with the Portland Sea Dogs. In all cases, Goldsmith would be allowed to call select games or innings.[4] During these stints, Goldsmith often found himself starving after calling games and realized he didn't even have a dollar to his name.[1][dead link]

After a brief time with the Sea Dogs, Goldsmith worked as the play-by-play voice for the Frisco RoughRiders. He would also serve as the team's manager of broadcasting and public relations. Goldsmith would remain with the RoughRiders for two seasons.[5] During his time with the RoughRiders, Goldsmith proposed to his wife, Heather, and she accepted.[1]

In 2012, Goldsmith was hired to be the play-by-play voice for the Pawsox Radio Network. Goldsmith would provide play-by-play for every game that season, a first for himself. Goldsmith admits he joined the PawSox because of their history to produce big name announcers, but he knew that was no guarantee.[5]

Finally in 2013, Goldsmith joined the Mariners announcing team alongside Rick Rizzs. Goldsmith and his family now live in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland. Goldsmith's play-by-play style is often attributed to an adaptation of Vin Scully,[6] but Goldsmith attributes his style to his work with Eric Nadel and Dave O'Brien.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Mariners add Aaron Goldsmith to broadcast team: Aaron Goldsmith, 29, who broadcast games of the Class AAA Pawtucket Red Sox last season, will team with Rick Rizzs in the radio booth". Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  2. ^ "Severe weather delays Mariners' arrival in Texas". seattletimes.com. 2015-04-27. Retrieved 2015-06-09.
  3. ^ "Meet new Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith". Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  4. ^ "Mariners tab Goldsmith as radio play-by-play man". Retrieved January 17, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "Getting 'the call' to make the calls: Mariners tap PawSox's Goldsmith as radio broadcaster". Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  6. ^ "M's rookie announcer Goldsmith has what it takes: But how far does describing the game go in a city where the franchise itself is the real story?". Archived from the original on 2013-08-20. Retrieved August 16, 2013.

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