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Oppermann takes over in R-Phils radio booth

March 3, 2009 - Eastern League (EL) - Reading Fightin Phils News Release

Reading, PA - Anthony Oppermann has been hired as the Reading Phillies new radio play-by-play broadcaster. He'll handle all 143 broadcasts for the team on ESPN 1240 WIOV and readingphillies.com. ESPN 1240 and the R-Phils will celebrate 10 seasons together in 2009.

"We are equally enthused to introduce Anthony Oppermann as the new radio voice of the Reading Phillies as we are to continue our long-standing tradition of being on ESPN 1240," said Chuck Domino, R-Phils President. "Anthony is a highly regarded young talent and we hope that the Reading Phillies can provide him with an opportunity to realize his dream as a Major League broadcaster some day."

Oppermann has spent the last two seasons with the Potomac Nationals, the Class-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals in the Carolina League.

With Potomac, Oppermann held the title of Assistant General Manager, Marketing and Media in 2008. He joined the team as its Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations in 2007.

In 2006, Oppermann was the Assistant Director of Broadcasting for the Daytona Cubs (Chicago, NL) in the Class-A Florida State League.

Prior to his season in Daytona, Oppermann spent time with the Round Rock Express as an in-booth producer. The Express are the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros and play in the Pacific Coast League. He also broadcast for the Coppell Copperheads and Weatherford Wranglers of the Texas Collegiate League.

In addition to handling play-by-play duties in Potomac, he assisted the General Manger in overseeing the day-to-day operation of the team while also directing its media, public relations and marketing efforts. He served as the chief editor and graphic design artist for all of the Potomac Nationals' print publications including the club's playbill-style Gameday Magazine, which included five editions throughout the 2008 season.

Oppermann is native of La Grange, TX and a 2004 graduate of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. He earned a B.A. in Radio/TV/Film with emphasis in Sports Broadcasting.

Oppermann replaces Steve Degler who had been the club's play-by-play broadcaster for the past 17 seasons. Degler left the R-Phils radio booth on February 19 to join Service Electric TV 2 Sports telecasts for both the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, and the R-Phils.

An mp3 audio file of Oppermann's highlights while with Potomac is available at readingphillies.com. Oppermann will join the team during the first week of April.

ESPN 1240 AM WIOV, based in Ephrata, PA, has carried Reading Phillies baseball since the 2000 season. They'll carry all 71 home games, 71 away games and the April 7 Capital BlueCross Exhibition Game for Baseballtown Charities vs. the IronPigs. Air times will be posted for all games on readingphillies.com during the season.


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