MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (Sept. 5, 2017) - Scott Kornberg, the lead play-by-play broadcaster of the Myrtle Beach Pelicans, has won a share of the sixth-annual Carolina League Broadcaster of the Year award. Kornberg and Lynchburg's Kyle West tied for the most votes in a poll among the CL's broadcasters.
Kornberg is wrapping up his second season as the Voice of the Pelicans and his fourth season in the Minor Leagues. Prior to his time in Myrtle Beach, the Belle Mead, N.J., native worked as an assistant for the Quad Cities River Bandits (Low-A, Astros) in 2014 and the Winston-Salem Dash (High-A, White Sox) in 2015.
In addition to his work with the Pelicans, Kornberg has begun his fourth season as the play-by-play broadcaster for football and men's basketball at Western Illinois University. Kornberg is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland, where he called several Terps sports and was the co-Director of the student-run station WMUC Sports.
"It is humbling to follow last year's winner, Brian Boesch, who is not only one of my very best friends, but also an amazing mentor, and share this award with Kyle West, another great friend and outstanding broadcaster," Kornberg said. "Without the support of Brian, Kyle, my parents David and Paula, sister Michaela, brothers Adam and Ian, girlfriend Madie and mentors like Marco LaNave and Nathan Barnett, I would not be so fortunate in receiving this incredible honor. They truly deserve the credit for my success, and I'm very thankful to the Myrtle Beach Pelicans for allowing me this extraordinary opportunity to broadcast their games.
"In the end, though, I'm just the broadcaster. I love this great game of baseball, and I hope the tremendous respect I have for every single player, manager, coach and umpire is constantly evident in our broadcast. What this award really says is that I've been able to work with those wonderful people who allow me to share their stories on a daily basis with our viewers and listeners. I treasure my relationships with manager Buddy Bailey, coaches like Anderson Tavarez and the many truly marvelous players who I have been lucky enough to watch and get to know in Myrtle Beach. Working with the Chicago Cubs has been a blessing that I never could have imagined, and I hope the many people who have been so good to me in the Minor Leagues one day achieve their dreams in whatever baseball and life can offer them. The friendships I've made with my broadcasting peers in the Carolina League, both the Pelicans and Cubs' front office staffs, players, coaches, ushers, gameday employees and fans are things I will cherish forever."
"Scott has done a tremendous job in his two years leading the Broadcast and Media Relations Departments for the Pelicans," said Andy Milovich, President and General Manager of the Pelicans. "Our affiliation with the Cubs presents an incredible opportunity to share the Pelicans story and promote Myrtle Beach to Cubs fans throughout the country. He has worked very closely with our production team to cultivate relations and effectively share our story on both a local and national level."
"Scott has really grown as a broadcaster and media relations contact in his two years with the Pelicans," said Kristin Call, the Pelicans' Senior Director of Marketing. "Myrtle Beach is a unique market, and we demand a lot of the person in that position. Scott has stepped up and met each challenge. He's worked hard to grow the Pelicans brand and connections both locally and nationally and is deserving of this honor."
Former Wilmington Blue Rocks play-by-play voice John Sadak was the inaugural award in 2012. Sadak is in the midst of his fifth season with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A, New York Yankees), while he also works as a play-by-play broadcaster for Westwood One and CBS Sports.
Darren Headrick was the 2013 honoree thanks to his great work for the Carolina Mudcats. He is now alongside Sadak in the RailRiders' broadcast booth. Boesch, the sixth-year broadcaster for the Winston-Salem Dash, won the award in both 2014 and 2016. Between Boesch's award-winning seasons, Barnett took home the distinction in 2015 while in his second and final season with Myrtle Beach.