Flying Squirrels baseball can be heard locally on the radio on the flagship station, Sports Radio 910 AM. Broadcasts will begin one half-hour before scheduled first pitch with the Flying Squirrels Pre-Game Warm Up. Game broadcasts will also include a half-hour Flying Squirrels Post-Game Wrap. Flying Squirrels game broadcasts will also be heard world-wide online at SportsRadio910.com.
The 2014 season marks the fifth year of the partnership between the Flying Squirrels and Clear Channel Broadcasting - Richmond. Jon Laaser returns for his fifth season as the lead play-by-play announcer for both home and road broadcasts. Jay Burnham will return to join Laaser in the booth for his second year with the Flying Squirrels.
Jon Laaser, 34, returns for a fifth season at the microphone for all 142 Flying Squirrels games in 2014. In addition to serving as "The Voice of the Squirrels," the versatile broadcaster has taken on additional broadcast roles during his time in the RVA. He also currently serves as the primary television announcer for VCU men's basketball, and the lead radio announcer for VCU women's basketball. Additionally, he has joined Video1HD as a television announcer for regional college basketball broadcasts seen on MASN, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic and SNY. He also frequently contributes to and serves as a fill-in sports talk radio host for Sports Radio 910. Laaser is credited with the creation of the Flying Squirrels television show "Flying Squirrels Insider." Along with hosting the show, he also serves as head writer, graphic designer and producer. Laaser came to Richmond following a one-season stint as the lead broadcaster for the Montgomery Biscuits (Double-A - Tampa Bay Rays). He was reunited in Richmond with Flying Squirrels' Vice President & COO Todd "Parney" Parnell, whom he worked with while calling games for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Advanced-A - Atlanta Braves) in 2008 and the Altoona Curve (Double-A - Pittsburgh Pirates) in 2007. A native of Minneapolis, MN, he has also provided play-by-play for the Yakima Bears (A - Arizona Diamondbacks), St. Paul Saints (Independent) and St. Cloud River Bats (Summer Collegiate). Laaser's broadcasting resume also includes the role of lead announcer for Charleston Southern University football and men's basketball, the Minnesota State High School Football/Basketball Championships and Hamline (MN) University football. His broadcasting career began in sports talk radio, with Clear Channel's KFAN in his native Minneapolis.
Jay Burnham, 32, returns for a second season in the Squirrels' broadcast booth in 2014. Prior to Richmond, he spent three seasons as Director of Broadcasting for the Trenton Thunder (Double-A New York Yankees). Burnham is entering his 12th season broadcasting minor league baseball, including stints with the Hagerstown Suns (A - San Francisco Giants), Pensacola Pelicans (Independent), Asheville Tourists (A-Coloroado Rockies) and Thunder. A native of Shelburne Falls, MA, Burnham was the recipient of the prestigious 2011 Minor League Broadcaster of the Year award issued by Ballpark Digest, a renowned industry publication. The Elon University graduate has called play-by-play for over 1,000 professional baseball games, including two All-Star contests, in over 30 different stadiums throughout his career. He is also the host and creator of "The Minor League Report," a weekly podcast covering minor league baseball across the country. Outside of baseball, Burnham has also joined VCU athletics, lending his distinctive voice to a variety of events, including both play-by-play and public address assignments. A craft beer afficionado, Burnham currently resides in Richmond with his wife Cheyenne.
Michael Feldsten, a 2009 graduate from Quinnipiac University, where he majored in Broadcast Journalism, Michael joins the Richmond Flying Squirrels for the 2014 season. He comes to Richmond after calling games in the Cape Cod League last summer. Since 2009, Michael has been public announcing for high school football and basketball, including calling the County Semi-Finals, Finals and Long Island Championships across all classifications in girls basketball this year. With a deep passion for the history of baseball, Michael is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Flying Squirrels and to learn and take in all that Minor League Baseball has to offer. The Holbrook, New York native is an avid Yankee fan, with his favorite all-time players being Lou Gehrig and Mariano Rivera.