|TROY, NY- The Tri-City
ValleyCats, New York-Penn League Class-A affiliate of the Houston
Astros, are excited to announce that Erik Elken has been named the
official broadcaster for their 2011 season.
An Albany, New York native, Elken graduated
from Syracuse University in 2010 with Bachelor of Science degrees in
Broadcast Journalism and Sport Management. He was a member of both the
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the College of Human
While at Syracuse, Erik was a radio play-by-play announcer and sports
reporter for WAER and WJPZ, covering Syracuse University Athletics and
local high school sports. He was also a television anchor at CitrusTV,
SU's student-run station. He held internships at SNY, WNYT-TV, and XOS
Digital. Erik also spent five weeks in Vancouver his senior year,
interning for NBC Olympics during the Winter Olympic Games.
"I'm really excited to be the new voice of the ValleyCats because it's
a great organization, with great people, that I've seen grow from year
one to what it is today. I'm excited to share my passion for
broadcasting and the game of baseball with listeners in the Capital
Region and beyond. I'm also looking forward to producing original
content that will make for a better fan experience," says Elken.
Since graduating, Erik interned at ESPN's Bristol headquarters during
the summer of 2010. He then returned to the Capital Region, joining
WNYT's Rodger Wyland on all UAlbany football and men's basketball radio
broadcasts as a play-by-play announcer and analyst. He also serves as a
freelance play-by-play broadcaster for local Time Warner Cable Sports
telecasts. Elken comes to the ValleyCats from YNN, where he served as a
"The ValleyCats organization is very fortunate to have someone with
Erik's knowledge and experience come aboard for our 10th anniversary
season. He's a local guy who knows and loves sports, and we look forward
to the upcoming season with Erik as the voice of the ValleyCats," said
ValleyCats Media Relations Manager Chris Chenes.
All ValleyCats 38-home games will be broadcast on tcvalleycats.com. The
'Cats begin their New York-Penn League title defense on Friday, June 17
against the Vermont Lake Monsters.