The Frisco RoughRiders announce that Nathan Barnett will join the organization’s broadcast team for the 2013 season. Barnett will work alongside “Voice of the RoughRiders” Alex Vispoli in delivering the play-by-play for home games and will be instrumental in the team’s pre- and post-game coverage for every contest. He will also assist with the team’s media relations and social media efforts in addition to writing for team publications.

Barnett has spent the past two baseball seasons broadcasting the play-by-play for a pair of college summer league teams. He served as the Director of Media Relations and Broadcasting for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters (Northwoods League) in 2012 and worked in a similar role for the Palm Springs Power (Southern California Collegiate Baseball Association) during the 2011 season. Away from the diamond, Barnett has served as a broadcaster and account executive for the Ontario (Calif.) Reign (ECHL) hockey club in each of the past two seasons.

A Dallas native, Barnett attended St. Mark’s School of Texas before graduating from Pomona College in southern California. While at Pomona, he helped found the Claremont Colleges’ sports broadcasting program and called the play-by-play for various baseball, basketball, football, tennis and lacrosse games.

Geoff Arnold, who served as a RoughRiders’ broadcaster and media relations assistant in 2012, has taken over as the Assistant Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Wilmington (N.C.) Blue Rocks (Royals, Advanced Single-A) for the 2013 season.

Every RoughRiders broadcast can be heard over the internet at ridersbaseball.com.

The RoughRiders kick off the 2013 season with an exhibition game on Tuesday, April 2 against the Triple-A Round Rock Express at Dr Pepper Ballpark.  The regular season begins on Thursday, April 4 when Frisco visits the Arkansas Travelers. The ’Riders begin their home schedule on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m. when the Travelers come to Dr Pepper Ballpark. For information on tickets to see the RoughRiders in 2013, please call 972-731-9200, e-mail info@ridersbaseball.com or visit ridersbaseball.com.

 

About the Frisco RoughRiders

The Frisco RoughRiders are the Double-A Affiliate of the Texas Rangers and play their games at Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco. The team has finished first in all of Double-A Baseball in attendance in each season from 2005-12. The RoughRiders are also owned by Mandalay Sports Entertainment, winners of the “Baseball Organization of the Year” in 2008 by Ballpark Digest. For more information on Mandalay Baseball Properties, the Frisco RoughRiders and Dr Pepper Ballpark, please contact Alex Vispoli at 972-334-1976 or via email at avispoli@ridersbaseball.com. For ticket information, call 972-731-9200 or visit milb.com/tickets/singlegame.jsp?sid=t540.