Jul 10, 2013
By Tim Britton
From : Providence Journal
SEATTLE — Take a mid-game stroll around Safeco Field, and you’ll hear a voice familiar from New England.
It’s Aaron Goldsmith, the former broadcaster for Triple-A Pawtucket, now in his first year as the No. 2 radio voice for the Mariners.
“It’s a complete dream come true. There’s no other way to put it,” said the 29-year-old Goldsmith, who spent 2012 as the radio voice of the PawSox. “It was the right fit for me and for the Mariners.”
Goldsmith works alongside 30-year major-league veteran Rick Rizzs, doing play-by-play in the third, sixth and seventh innings and color the rest of the game. Goldsmith said his time in Pawtucket, brief as it was, has proven to be an invaluable part of his broadcasting education.
“Virtually everyone in minor-league broadcasting puts Pawtucket on a pedestal, and they should. It’s a terrific place to work and to broadcast baseball games,” he said. “That really gave me the sense of what that pressure feels like where you do have listenership and you’re on a network in four or five different states — a lot of listeners all across a region listening to you. Pawtucket was the best possible launching pad for that.”
Although he continues to refine his broadcasting style, Goldsmith hasn’t found himself changing it just because he’s now in the major leagues.
“I talk about Starbucks, Microsoft and salmon all the time now in Seattle,” he joked. “The tape I sent to the Mariners was tape from the PawSox from our playoff run. That guy that they heard calling Pawtucket Red Sox baseball, that’s the guy they liked enough to hire. I’m not going to get far away from that at all.”
There are some perks to the job. The travel is undoubtedly easier — even in Seattle — and Goldsmith can focus on his broadcast during the day instead of putting together game notes or helping operate a team’s social media account.
The majors, of course, do present some additional challenges, though. The season is longer — especially considering that Goldsmith was broadcasting nearly every spring training game — and the amount of preparation required is amplified. In addition to knowing his own squad in and out, Goldsmith seeks out every detail possible about the opposing team’s 25-man roster.
“For me, one of the biggest learning curves is learning all of major-league baseball and the players who aren’t quite the household names,” Goldsmith said. “What is the information on those guys that make them interesting to our listenership?”
Easing that process is Goldsmith’s partner, Rizzs.
“Rick is the perfect guy for me to work with,” said Goldsmith. “Broadcasting can be a very territorial profession. He’s taken me under his wing and helped me with everything from ‘How would you call this play I got tripped up on?’ to ‘Rick, where are the buses picking us up?’ That’s what I wanted and that’s what I needed.”