WHITAKER BANK BALLPARK (Lexington, KY) - The Lexington Legends will have a new voice on the air this season. Emma Tiedemann will serve as the primary play-by-play broadcaster and media contact for the 2018 season.
Tiedemann, who was the Broadcast and Media Relations Assistant for the St. Paul Saints last season, will be replacing Keith Elkins who retired at the end of the 2017 season.
"I am absolutely thrilled to have Emma on board and part of the Lexington Legends team. Going into this off-season, we made the decision to take our game broadcast off of the radio and exclusively stream them on milb.tv. When we met Emma at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida it was clear from the beginning that we had found the perfect person to lead us into this process," said Legends President/CEO Andy Shea. "As one of the very few female owned professional sports teams, we are also very proud to have the first female play-by-play analyst in the South Atlantic League and the second in all of Minor League Baseball."
With the Saints, Tiedemann was the number-two broadcaster and handled a variety of media relations duties. Prior to the Saints, Tiedemann spent two years as the Broadcast and Communications Manager for the Medford Rogues, a summer collegiate wood bat team in Medford, Oregon. She broadcasted every game, including the 2015 West Coast League All-Star Game, the 2016 Great West League All-Star Game and 2016 Great West League Championship Series. In 2014 she was part of the broadcast duo for the Mat-Su Miners in Palmer, Alaska, serving as play-by-play and color analyst. She broadcasted both the Alaska Baseball League All-Star Game as well as the Top of the World Series.
Tiedemann graduated from the University of Missouri in 2015. At Mizzou, she was active with the student radio station, KCOU-FM, and Mizzou Network. She called Missouri basketball, football, baseball, softball, volleyball and soccer, but most notably the 2014 Cotton Bowl in Arlington, Texas. Tiedemann began broadcasting at the University of Texas at Dallas in high school, covering women's sports, men's basketball and baseball.
"I am so excited to be a part of the Legends front office staff," said Tiedemann. "I am eager to get in the booth this season and bring Legends baseball to fans near and far."
Legends games this season will be available streaming for free online through milb.com and lexingtonlegends.com.
The Legends, a Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals and a member of the South Atlantic League, kickoff the 2018 season at Whitaker Bank Ballpark against the Charleston RiverDogs, an affiliate of the New York Yankees, on Opening Day - April 5, 2018. For ticket information, call (859) 422-7867 or visit LexingtonLegends.com.