Jackson: Female Voices event celebrates women broadcasters in minor leagues

From SABR member Josh Jackson at MiLB.com on March 12, 2020:

Last Saturday, a group of five people who are used to establishing “firsts” established one they especially enjoyed — the first time all of them were in the same place at the same time.

Collectively, broadcasters Emma Tiedemann, Melanie Newman, Jill Gearin, Kirsten Karbach and Maura Sheridan have made an enormous impact on Minor League Baseball. But they’ve really only just begun.

Tiedemann, who started as Class A Lexington’s broadcaster in 2018 and was named the South Atlantic League Media Relations Director of the Year in 2019, organized the get-together, the main event of which was a ticketed cocktail hour and panel discussion at the Legends’ Whitaker Bank Ballpark on March 7, the eve of International Women’s Day. Proceeds from the night went to the Association for Women in Sports Media.

In the leadup to the event, Newman — formerly of Double-A Mobile, Double-A Frisco and Class A Advanced Salem — landed a big league broadcasting job with the Baltimore Orioles. Sheridan recently accepted a position as the lead broadcaster for Class A Advanced Lynchburg after serving as assistant broadcasting coordinator in the Fayetteville Woodpeckers’ inaugural season. Gearin is poised to enter her second season with Class A Advanced Visalia. Karbach, who became the first woman handling full-time broadcasting duties for a Minor League team with Class A Advanced Clearwater in 2014, is headed into her second year with Double-A Reading.

The five broadcasters spoke to MiLB.com about coming together and sharing their experiences with an audience.

Read the full article here: https://www.milb.com/news/female-voices-celebrates-minor-league-women-broadcasters-313016034

Originally published: March 12, 2020. Last Updated: March 12, 2020.