Rafters Welcome New Radio Voice for 2017
Rafters Welcome New Radio Voice for 2017
Mick Tidrow hired as Radio Broadcaster and Director of Media Relations
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. – The summer of 2017 will have a different voice in the booth for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters. The team is excited to announce the hiring of Mick Tidrow as the team’s new Radio Broadcaster and Director of Media Relations.
Last season, Tidrow handled the same role in Washington with the Kitsap BlueJackets, a West Coast League team in their final season before moving to Port Angeles, Washington. While calling all 68 games home and on the road, Tidrow compiled game recaps, previews and wrote feature stories on players. He also advanced the reach of the team’s social media platforms.
In the 2017 season, on top of calling all 72 Rafters games on AM 1320 WFHR with all home games additionally simulcast on live HD video steam, Tidrow will act as the Rafters traveling secretary and media relations coordinator. In addition, Mick will help with additional video, audio, and graphic projects this season.
“Mick’s professional demeanor and broadcasting experience will be a valuable asset to the Rafters organization this season,” said Rafters general manager John Fanta. “I know Mick is excited for this opportunity in the Northwoods League and I think Rafters fans are going to love the passion and energy he will bring to the broadcasts.”
Tidrow is a junior at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where he is studying Digital Sports Production and Broadcasting. As a student, Tidrow handles play-by-play duties on ESPN3 and the campus’s student radio station, WCRD 91.3 FM. On ESPN3, Mick has broadcasted baseball, men’s volleyball, women’s soccer and field hockey. With WCRD, he has called softball, volleyball, soccer, basketball and field hockey.
This upcoming spring, Mick will continue calling games on both platforms while working with baseball and softball. Tidrow co-hosts a baseball radio talk show on 91.3FM called ‘The Hot Corner’ breaking down all things baseball. Within the athletics department at Ball State, Mick works as the color analyst on the Ball State Radio Network covering women’s basketball. Outside of broadcasting, he has gained skills in the sales and marketing fields while working within athletics.
Tidrow is elated to be a part of the defending Northwoods League champion Rafters this upcoming summer and deliver a product on the air that describes in great detail and the fans enjoy.
“To be a part of the history and national recognition of the Northwoods League is an honor, especially with the reigning champion Rafters,” Tidrow said. “The summer is about the players and watching them develop and put a career together, and it is special to have a chance to take the next step as a broadcaster while they are doing theirs as ball players. The Rafters are world-class as an organization, and this summer will help play a pivotal role in helping me develop not only a broadcaster, but as a professional.”
The season and home opener for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters is May 30th at 7:05 against the Kenosha Kingfish. Solarus Founders Club, bleacher 9-Game ticket packages, and group outing packages are on sale now. Call 715-424-5400 or stop by the Rafters Front Office Monday-Friday from 9-5 to purchase a ticket package or book a group outing.
The Wisconsin Rapids Rafters are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. 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 former 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 portal. For more information, visit www.raftersbaseball.com or download the new Northwoods League Mobile App on the Apple App Store or on Google Play and set the Rafters as your favorite team.