SARASOTA, Florida—The Orioles shook up their broadcast team for the 2020 season, removing longtime TV and radio announcer Jim Hunter and adding three new members to their team.
Hunter, who has been with the team since 1997 and last year served as the lead radio announcer and backup television broadcaster, is being moved to a new role with the broadcast. He declined to comment on the change.
Geoff Arnold, a 32-year-old announcer for the Frederick Keys, will be on most radio broadcasts. He’ll join Kevin Brown, who returns for his second season on radio. Brown also will serve as a backup announcer on television to Gary Thorne, who returns for his 14th season.
The other new voices are longtime Baltimore broadcaster Scott Garceau and Melanie Newman, who was the lead announcer on baseball’s first female broadcast team for the Carolina League’s Salem Red Sox.
The Orioles says that “each of the new personalities will appear across platforms and in a variety of roles throughout the 2020 season.”
Jim Palmer will return for his 28th season as an analyst. Other analysts include Mike Bordick, Ben McDonald and Brian Roberts. Rick Dempsey will have a reduced role on O’s Xtra. Gregg Olson and Dave Johnson will be analysts on some broadcasts.
Arnold, who worked for the Keys for the last five years, arrived in Sarasota eager for his new assignment.
“As the Orioles are going through this rebuild process, you have a lot of great prospects coming through the system, many of whom I’ve seen already and have relationships with,” Arnold said. “You can probably rattle off a lot of facts about a guy like Mike Trout. You may not be able to do the same about a guy like Mason McCoy, at least just yet. To be able to tell their stories, where they’ve been and where they’re going, I can provide a little more perspective to that.”
The Orioles says that longtime host Tom Davis and Hunter “will bring their decades of Orioles experience to new roles as regular on-air contributors in 2020.”
Roch Kubatko and Steve Melewski will appear on MASN and the Orioles Radio Network as regular contributors. Paul Mancano will host MASN All-Access.
The first MASN TV broadcast is Sunday against Boston. The first radio game is February 25. Saturday’s broadcast against Atlanta will be streamed on Orioles.com/At Bat.
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