The Syracuse Chiefs would like to congratulate former "Voice of the Chiefs" Jason Benetti on his new assignment as TV play-by-play broadcaster for the Chicago White Sox. Benetti worked for parts of eight seasons before moving on to work with ESPN and Westwood One Sports, among others. 2016 will mark his first year as a major-league broadcaster.
Benetti served as "Voice of the Chiefs" from 2010 to 2014. He worked as the team's #2 broadcaster in 2009 and called a partial schedule of games in 2005 and 2006.
"I couldn't be any more thrilled for Jason if I tried," said current Voice of the Chiefs Kevin Brown, "and believe me, I've tried. I learned everything I know in a broadcast booth - and a sizeable chunk of what I know outside of a broadcast booth - from my time working with him in Syracuse. The White Sox, simply, have made a perfect hire."
"On behalf of the Chiefs' organization, I want to congratulate Jason Benetti", added general manager Jason Smorol. "We're all so happy for Jason. The White Sox are getting a great broadcaster and an ever better human being."
Benetti will join a long lineage of Syracuse Chiefs broadcasters to appear in a Major League broadcast booth, including…
Marv Albert (1962 Chiefs broadcast team) - NBC Sports
Ted DeLuca (1997-2000) - Houston Astros
Jim Gordon (1952-53) - Brooklyn Dodgers
Hank Greenwald (1962) - New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, CBS Radio
Dan Hoard (1985-95) - Cincinnati Reds, New York Mets
Ken Levine (1988) - Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres, Seattle Mariners
Sean McDonough (1982-84) - CBS Sports, Boston Red Sox
Craig Minervini (1983) - Miami Marlins
Greg Papa (1982-83) - Oakland A's, San Francisco Giants
Matt Park (2003) - San Diego Padres
Matt Vasgersian (1995) - FOX Sports, MLB Network, Milwaukee Brewers, San Diego Padres
The current Chiefs broadcast team, Brown and Eric Gallanty, will begin their second season together when Syracuse opens with Lehigh Valley on Thursday, April 7th on The Score 1260. All 144 Chiefs games can be heard on 1260 AM this season.