MANKATO, MN – The Mankato MoonDogs, a member of the Northwoods League are excited to announce the hiring of Charlie Snelson for the position of Radio Broadcaster for the 2017 season. Former Radio Broadcaster, Shawn Murnin had success in his two-year tenure with the MoonDogs, and was awarded Northwoods League Broadcaster of the Year for the 2015 season. He has continued his broadcasting career as the Broadcasting/Media Assistant for the Class A minor league affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Peoria Chiefs.
Snelson has a unique knowledge of the Northwoods League, which goes all the way back to his time as a MoonDogs batboy in the early 2000's. Since then, he has worked for the team as a program vendor, camera operator, official scorer, media relations intern, and director of ballpark music & sound.
"I am very excited to be returning to the MoonDogs organization for this summer as Radio Broadcaster," Snelson said. "My goal is to convey the sights, sounds, and smells of the game to listeners in a way that makes them feel like they are at there. The MoonDogs are a fine organization with a loyal fan base and I think 2017 has the potential to be their best season yet. The summer cannot come soon enough for me."
After interning with the MoonDogs in 2014, Snelson earned his Bachelor's degree in Sport Management from Minnesota State University. He is currently a graduate school student at the University of Northern Colorado working toward a master's degree in Sport Administration. At the same time, he works as a Communications Assistant in the school's Athletic Department. In that position Snelson is charged with covering Northern Colorado's Division I men and women's tennis teams and does play-by-play commentary for Northern Colorado Bears baseball games. His other work experience in sports includes the Minnesota Timberwolves and Bethany Lutheran College.
“We’re very excited to have Charlie on board as the next voice of the MoonDogs." Said General Manager Greg Weis. "We’ve had a long line of great broadcasters who have gone onto great careers in radio and we’re happy to have Charlie pick up where they’ve left off."
In his spare time, Snelson enjoys spending time with family, doing outdoor activities such as fishing and playing tennis, and watching the 90's TV sitcom Seinfeld.
The Mankato MoonDogs are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 23rd season of summer collegiate baseball, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 150 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Lucas Duda (NYM) and Ben Zobrist (CHC). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League portal. For more information, visitwww.mankatomoondogs.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store and set the MoonDogs as your favorite team.
The Northwoods League is the proven leader in the development of elite college baseball players. The 23-year old summer collegiate league is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 20 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 160 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including two-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (WAS), two-time World Series Champion Ben Zobrist (CHC) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (DET), Curtis Granderson (NYM) and Lucas Duda (NYM). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League website. For more information, visit www.northwoodsleague.com or download the Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play.