COMSTOCK PARK, MI - West Michigan Whitecaps radio broadcaster Dan Hasty has won the seventh-annual 2017 Midwest League Broadcaster of the Year Award after gaining the most votes in a poll among league broadcasters and media relations contacts.
Hasty is concluding his third season as Voice of the Whitecaps and fifth season in affiliated Minor League Baseball. Prior to his time in West Michigan, the Sterling Heights, MI., native worked as a producer, network studio host for the Detroit Lions, and talk show host for WXYT-FM -- 97.1 The Ticket in Detroit.
In addition to his work with the Whitecaps, Hasty will begin his first season as the play-by-play broadcaster for men's and women's college basketball at Saginaw Valley State University. The proud graduate of Central Michigan University took home a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Broadcast Excellence Award for Whitecaps play-by-play earlier this year.
"It's so humbling to receive this award," Hasty said. "I'm so blessed to do something I love so much, and with an organization held in the highest regard. My wife, Angelina, is the true mastermind behind anything I do correctly, as she has been in my corner every step of the way. As far as my career, I must acknowledge my on-air partner Mike Coleman along with mentors Mario Impemba and Dan Dickerson in Detroit - they've been simply terrific. "
"My pursuit to make something of myself in a career in broadcasting hasn't always been easy. I'm still studying this craft each day, and feel like I have so much left to learn. I really look up to our players and coaches, and wouldn't get half as much enjoyment out of telling their stories without their enormous help, support and patience. Having grown up a Detroit Tigers fan, working alongside their parent club has been one of the biggest thrills of my time in West Michigan, and a reason I was so drawn to it from the very beginning. For all the friendships made - from the people in the office to our gameday staffers -- I'm extremely grateful."
"Dan has done a terrific job in his three seasons leading Whitecaps broadcasts," said Jim Jarecki, Vice President and General Manager of the Whitecaps. "The passion and enthusiasm that he brings to the ballpark every game - day in and day out - is hard to find, and we are fortunate to have him representing our organization. I truly see him making it to the Major Leagues someday and probably sooner rather than later."
Hasty joins former Whitecaps voice Ben Chiswick (2014) as Whitecaps radio broadcasters to have won the award since its inception in 2011, and joins fellow Michigan Midwest League cohorts Chris Vosters (Great Lakes - 2016) and Jesse Goldberg-Strassler (Lansing - 2013) as recipients of the award. "To simply be in the Midwest League brethren is an honor in and of itself, let alone to be recognized within it," Hasty said.
The Whitecaps conclude the Eastern Division Quarterfinals against the Dayton Dragons with a winner-take-all Game 3 tonight at 7:00p.m. Tigers top prospect Matt Manning is scheduled to pitch for West Michigan against Dragons All-Star righty Tony Santillan. Broadcast coverage with Dan Hasty begins on the Whitecaps Baseball Network at 6:45p.m. Tickets can be reserved for any Whitecaps 2017 home contest, or the 2017 Midwest League Playoffs by calling the Whitecaps front office at 616-784-4131 or by visiting www.whitecapsbaseball.com.
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