The Pawtucket Red Sox are pleased to report that their radio broadcaster Jeff Levering has earned a job in the Major Leagues. Jeff will join the Milwaukee Brewers' radio team in 2015 and will become the 7th former PawSox radio broadcaster currently working in Major League Baseball. The Brewers announced today that Levering, the lead radio voice for the PawSox in 2013 & 2014, has been hired as a play-by-play broadcaster for select road games on the Brewers Radio Network. Jeff, who will join Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker and Joe Block on the Brewers Radio Network, will also provide content for the Brewers online, social, and new media channels.
Levering, 31, is the latest in a long line of PawSox broadcasters who have received the call to the big leagues. Those include: Gary Cohen (New York Mets in 1989), Don Orsillo (Boston Red Sox in 2001), Dave Flemming (San Francisco Giants in 2004), Andy Freed (Tampa Bay Rays in 2005), Dave Jageler (Washington Nationals in 2006), Dan Hoard (the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals in 2011), Aaron Goldsmith (Seattle Mariners in 2013), and Bob Socci (the NFL's New England Patriots in 2013). Amazingly, all eight of those former PawSox broadcasters are still with the teams that hired them directly from Pawtucket.
"I am thrilled beyond words to be joining the Milwaukee Brewers Broadcast Team as well as their talented front office," said Levering. Being part of a radio booth that features the legendary Bob Uecker and Joe Block is a tremendous honor, and a responsibility that I don't take lightly."
"I am also honored to continue the legacy started by my predecessors on moving from the press box at McCoy Stadium to the major leagues," added Levering. "I can't say enough great things about everyone with the PawSox for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful organization for the past two years. And to cap my experience in Pawtucket with a 2014 Governors' Cup Championship is something I will always cherish."
Jeff Levering was chosen by the PawSox in February of 2013 from among more than 150 nationwide applicants to replace former Pawtucket broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith who in January of 2013 became a new radio voice for the Seattle Mariners. Levering was the lead voice for the PawSox in both 2013 & 2014 - initially working with Bob Socci before Bob left the club in July of 2013 to become the radio announcer for the New England Patriots - and last season working with partner Josh Maurer for all PawSox games home and away on the WHJJ PawSox Radio Network.
Before joining the PawSox, Levering had spent the previous three seasons as the radio voice for the Springfield Cardinals, the Double-A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals in Springfield, MO. He was also the teams Manager of Public Relations. Jeff was behind the mic as Springfield won their first-ever Texas League Championship in 2012.
Prior to arriving in Springfield, he spent three seasons (2007-09) as Director of Broadcasting/Media Relations for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the Angels High-A affiliate in the California League. Levering began his professional broadcasting career in 2005 as a field reporter and associate producer for Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket in Los Angeles covering the Angels, Dodgers, and Lakers.
Levering received his degree in Broadcast Journalism from Chapman University in Orange, California where he played baseball all four years and was the starting Designated Hitter on the 2003 D-III National Championship baseball team. He also played in summer baseball leagues as a teammate of Red Sox star 2B Dustin Pedroia. Jeff and his wife Ashley had their first child last October when son Brock was born. They will reside in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
"Jeff Levering is a talented and accomplished young broadcaster who, in his two seasons with us certainly left his mark with fans of PawSox Baseball - calling our run to the 2014 Governors' Cup Championship," said PawSox President Mike Tamburro. "The PawSox family wishes him the very best in his new position with the Milwaukee Brewers. Jeff takes his rightful place in the long line of PawSox broadcasters who have graduated to the major leagues."
"Jeff will be a great addition to the organization, and this is an opportunity for him to contribute both in the radio booth and in our new media efforts," said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. "By creating this role, we have a consistent voice filling in when Bob (Uecker) elects to stay home on occasional road trips, and we add resources to our expanding social media outreach. We welcome Jeff to the organization and look forward to introducing him to Brewers fans…"