Goldsmith hired as new radio voice alongside Rizzs

Aaron-Goldsmith-HeadshotAaron Goldsmith, a St. Louis native who was the radio broadcaster for the Pawtucket Red Sox Triple-A team last year, has been selected as the Mariners new voice to work alongside Rick Rizzs in the radio booth this coming season.

Goldsmith, 29, is the first full-time replacement for Dave Niehaus since the Hall of Famer’s death in November of 2010. The club used six part-time broadcasters on a rotating basis the past two seasons to work with Rizzs on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners radio network.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be joining the Seattle Mariners broadcast team,” said Goldsmith. “The idea of contributing to an organization with such a rich tradition on the radio is a tremendous honor and a standard I look forward to upholding. I’m eager to start working alongside Rick Rizzs and contributing to the Mariners both on and off the air.”

Dave Sims and Mike Blowers will return as the Mariners television announcers for their seventh seasons. Rizzs will begin his 28th year with the Mariners broadcast crew when the season opens on April 1.

Goldsmith worked as the play-by-play man for the PawSox last year after spending two seasons as the voice of the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Rangers. Prior to that he was the broadcaster and studio host for the Portland (Maine) Sea Dogs, the Red Sox’s Double-A club, in 2009.

“Aaron has a bright future as a broadcaster and we believe Mariners fans in the Northwest will enjoy listening to him with Rick Rizzs on 710 ESPN and the Mariners Radio Network,” said Randy Adamack, Mariners vice president of communications. “He will be a great fit here for many years to come.”

Goldsmith graduated from Principia College in Elsah, Ill., and began his broadcast career in 2007 covering the Gateway Grizzlies of the Independent Frontier League in Sauget, Ill., then did play-by-play for the Bourne (Maine) Braves in the Cape Cod League in ’08.

For the last two seasons, the Mariners had Rizzs work with former Niehaus broadcast partners Ron Fairly, Ken Levine and Ken Wilson as well as former players Dan Wilson, Dave Henderson and Dave Valle on a rotating basis.

“It’s a great opportunity for a young man who deserves it,” Rizzs said. “We had an exhaustive search and he was selected from a very talented group of baseball broadcasters. He’s going to make a great contribution to our broadcast team, and I am confident the fans will enjoy his work.”

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