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Rogues Announce Broadcast Team

February 27, 2013 - West Coast League (WCL)
Medford Rogues News Release

MEDFORD, OR - The Medford Rogues today announced the team's inaugural year broadcast team. Broadcasting all 2013 Rogues games, home and away, on Radio Medford's ESPN 580 will be Bill Jacobs and Johnie Freatman. The Rogues Broadcast Team is presented by Valley Immediate Care of Medford, the official urgent care center of the Rogues and Harry & David Field. Valley Immediate Care will also provide certified athletic trainers for Rogues games.

Jacobs, a fixture in Southern Oregon sports and radio, brings 25 years sports broadcast experience to the diamond. Bill is currently the voice of Southern Oregon University and the ESPN580/KDRV Game of the Week during the high school football and basketball seasons.

Freatman is a two-year veteran of the West Coast League. After a season with the Bellingham Bells in 2011, Freatman moved south to the Cowlitz Black Bears for the 2012 season. A senior at the University of Southern California, Freatman broadcasts USC baseball, football and hockey in addition to hosting sports talk shows for KSXC in Los Angeles. He provided play-by-play coverage for the USC side during the 2012 USC-Oregon football game. Freatman will handle media relations, game-day press duties and ticket sales with the Rogues.

"It is an incredible honor to be chosen as the inaugural voice of the Rogues and to be able to work with the Rogues organization." Freatman said. "I look forward to doing in Medford what I have throughout my broadcasting career- striving to provide the most accurate, fair broadcasts that excite and bring alive the game and journey that these young men are on. I look forward to being a part of what is sure to be a rich history between the Rogues organization and the Medford community."

"As an organization, we feel the need to come out swinging in everything we do," Rogues General Manager Chuck Heeman said. "Our goal is to give the Rogue Valley the very best we can in every way. Bill and Johnie provide that in our radio broadcasts. I've known Johnie for two years, seen and heard his work, and I know what he brings to the table. Bringing Bill in as our part of our broadcast team was a no-brainer from day one. We're glad to have them secured and thank Valley Immediate Care for presenting them."

The West Coast League is an 11-team collegiate wood-bat baseball league composed of the best college players, coaches, facilities and operators in the industry. Ranging from Medford, Oregon north to Kelowna, B.C., the league has operated as the WCL since 2005. In 2012, a league record 57 WCL players were selected in the Major League draft. More than 150 former WCL players now play professional baseball including more than 20 on Major League rosters. For more information on the WCL, go to

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