The Pawtucket Red Sox have named Aaron Goldsmith as their new radio broadcaster for the 2012 season. Aaron will join partner Steve Hyder, who returns for his ninth season, in broadcasting all 144 PawSox games on 920 WHJJ and the 12-station PawSox Radio Network. Goldsmith was chosen among more than 150 nationwide applicants to replace Dan Hoard who this fall became the radio voice of the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.
Goldsmith, 28, has spent the past two seasons as the radio broadcaster for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers in Frisco, TX. He was also the teams Manager of Broadcasting/Media Development. Prior to joining Frisco, Aaron spent the 2009 season as a broadcaster/studio host for the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox Double-A affiliate in the Eastern League. Along with his play-by-play responsibilities, he hosted the Sea Dogs' 30-minute pre and post-game shows.
"It is an immense honor to be chosen as the next broadcaster for the Pawtucket Red Sox," said Goldsmith. "This is one of the finest minor league broadcasting jobs in the country and with that comes great responsibility and expectations. I'm thrilled to be returning to the Red Sox organization and look forward to contributing to the PawSox both on and off the air."
Aaron is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and graduated from Principia College in Elsah, IL where he majored in History. Following college he attended the Broadcast Center in St. Louis where he earned a certificate in Radio Broadcasting and Production. His professional broadcast career began in 2007 doing play-by-play for the Gateway Grizzlies of the Independent Frontier League followed by a summer on the Cape in 2008 as the lead broadcaster for the Bourne Braves of the Cape Cod Baseball League.
As mentioned, Goldsmith replaces Dan Hoard who spent six seasons in the PawSox radio booth before earning the call to the National Football League (Cincinnati) this fall. Hoard joins an illustrious group of former PawSox broadcasters in the "big leagues" - all of whom have gone directly from Pawtucket to the major leagues. Gary Cohen (PawSox radio in 1987 & '88) has been with the New York Mets ever since leaving the PawSox, Don Orsillo (1997-2000) will begin his 12th season with the Boston Red Sox on NESN this spring, Dave Flemming (2001-2003) has been a radio voice of the San Francisco Giants for the past eight years, Andy Freed (2001-2004) has called Tampa Bay Rays games since leaving Pawtucket, and Dave Jageler (2005) who was with the PawSox for just one season before he took over as the Washington Nationals radio voice where he has remained ever since.
"We are pleased to welcome Aaron Goldsmith to the PawSox and the PawSox Radio Network led by our flagship station 920 WHJJ," said PawSox President Mike Tamburro. "Aaron is a talented young broadcaster who impressed us with his style and knowledge. His 2009 season with Portland will prepare him well for many of the players he will see at McCoy this season and we believe fans will quickly come to enjoy his call of the game. He and partner Steve Hyder will form another terrific tandem in what continues to be an outstanding PawSox radio tradition."