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New voice to call Fish games in 2014

Ex-Wichita broadcaster Schuster replaces Edmonds

Posted: 03/14/2014 1:00 AM | Comments: 0

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So Steve Schuster grew up a New York Mets fan on Long Island, found his voice as a baseball broadcaster in Kansas and loved the game the whole way through.

One question, though: Would he ever have guessed that a passion for a summer sport would carry him up north?

"Probably not," said Schuster with a laugh Thursday after the Winnipeg Goldeyes unveiled him as their new radio voice. "In my mind, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, replacing someone who was there who did a tremendous job for 19 years. That goes to show what type of organization it is."

On Monday, Schuster will officially take over as the Fish's radio broadcaster, calling games and hosting regular Goldeyes shows on The Jewel 101 at 100.7 FM.

'I try and make people know the players are human beings. It's very easily, especially in baseball where you get lost in the statistics, to kinda forget these are actually people that are out there doing a job, and nobody's perfect'

-- Goldeyes' new radio voice Steve Schuster

He has enormous shoes to fill in replacing Paul Edmonds, who left his comfortable spot in the Goldeyes broadcast booth for TSN 1290 earlier this year.

For Schuster, the move means packing the truck this weekend for a long drive up from Kansas, where he's worked as the Wichita Wingnuts' director of broadcasting and media relations for the last six seasons. That fact should come as music to Fish fans' ears.

Not many broadcasters know the American Association better, and indeed one of Schuster's first gigs out of college was as an intern with the Lincoln Saltdogs.

Still, for awhile this off-season, he thought his time in baseball might be over, and after the season ended he took a new job with the Boy Scouts of America -- until the itch started.

"As we started getting closer to spring, I felt like I couldn't bear not to do baseball," Schuster said. "And it just so happened that a job opened up a lot of people were surprised became available... and I just threw my name in the ring."

In some ways, he's coming up to familiar turf.

Schuster knew many in the Winnipeg crew from his trips up with the Wingnuts.

On the other hand, he laughed, his knowledge of Winnipeg mostly concerns the stretch between the Radisson downtown and Shaw Park.

Of course, there will be time to learn the city, especially as he will stay on as an account executive with the Goldeyes during the off-season -- Schuster's just ready to get to work.

His first broadcast for the Fish is slated for the evening of Thursday, March 20, when he hosts The Inside Pitch. And fans can expect a personal touch.

"I try and make people know the players are human beings," Schuster said of his style. "It's very easily, especially in baseball where you get lost in the statistics, to kinda forget these are actually people that are out there doing a job, and nobody's perfect. So I'm kind of always looking for little background stories that will bring these players to life for fans."

melissa.martin@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 14, 2014 C6

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