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Josh Whetzel to Join Call for Nationals Games

September 15, 2023 - International League (IL)
Rochester Red Wings News Release

ROCHESTER, NY - The Rochester Red Wings have announced that radio broadcaster Josh Whetzel will fill in for the Nationals' broadcast of Washington's matchup against the Milwaukee Brewers in Milwaukee on Saturday, September 16 (7:10 p.m. EST) and Sunday, September 17 (2:10 p.m. EST).

Whetzel will call the game with Nationals Radio Play-by-play broadcaster, Charlie Slowes, on the Washington Nationals Radio Network. Fans can tune in on to listen. Whetzel has called seven games for the Nationals over the past two seasons.

Josh Whetzel, a native of Kansas, is in his 21st season as the Voice of the Red Wings and 29th in professional baseball. The University of Kansas alum has called the play-by-play for the 1995 South Atlantic League All-Star Game, the 1998 Carolina League All-Star Game and the 2009 Triple-A All-Star Game. In 2018, Whetzel called games for the Minnesota Twins during Spring Training.

His professional career is highlighted by his call of the Yankees-Twins game on September 19, 2011, in which Yankee pitcher Mariano Rivera set the Major League record for career saves.

Whetzel, the Red Wings' longest-tenured broadcaster, was honored as Ballpark Digest's Broadcaster of the Year following the 2015 season. Prior to coming to Rochester, Whetzel spent three years as the play-by-play announcer for the Binghamton Mets, following stints with the Kinston Indians (1996-99) of the Carolina League and the Albany Polecats (1995) of the South Atlantic League.

Brendan Harrington will fill in for Whetzel on the Red Wings' broadcast. A native of nearby Naples, Harrington has worked with the Red Wings since 2012 as an official scorer and GameDay Stringer. A 2001 graduate of Washington and Lee University (VA), he was the voice of UNC Asheville basketball for six seasons prior to moving back home to Western New York. Harrington has also worked as a play-by-play broadcaster in minor league baseball for the Lakewood (NJ) BlueClaws and Salem (VA) Avalanche. In addition to his work behind the microphone, Harrington has been a high school social studies teacher for the past 16 years.

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