SIOUX CITY, IA– The Sioux City Explorers announced today that veteran play-by-play broadcaster, Dave Nitz will return as the ‘Voice of the X’s’ for the 2013 season, and all 100 Sioux City Explorers home and away games will be heard on 1360 KSCJ and via the X’s website (www.xsbaseball.com).
The 2013 season will mark Nitz’s 32nd year in minor league baseball broadcasting and his fifth season as the ‘Voice of the X’s. A radio broadcast veteran, Nitz has been calling collegiate and professional athletic events for over 50 years.
“I am very appreciative and honored to be coming back for my 5th season in Sioux City. I have been treated so well by the entire Explorers organization from the front office, the players and coaches and most importantly the fans of the Siouxland area that it was a very easy decision on my desire to return in 2013. I want to thank everyone for their support of the broadcasts and I look forward to another exciting year of X's baseball on KSCJ."
In his 32 years of minor league baseball broadcasting, Nitz’s has called the games for the Texas Rangers’ Triple-A farm team in Oklahoma City, the former San Francisco Giants’ Double-A team in Shreveport, LA and the Baltimore Orioles’ Single-A team in Bluefield, WV. In addition to his affiliated experience, Nitz has been with independent league teams in Baton Rouge and Shreveport, LA. Throughout his career, he has broadcasted over 3,500 minor league baseball games.
On behalf of our entire organization, we are thrilled to continue our partnership with KSCJ and to have Dave return for a fifth season as the voice of the X’s,” commented General Manager, Shane Tritz on Nitz’s return. “Dave is a true professional and I am confident our fans will once again be treated to a first class broadcast with Dave calling the action on 1360 KSCJ.”
Along with minor league baseball, Dave is in his 38th year as the radio voice of Louisiana Teach football, basketball and baseball. Recent accolades Nitz has received were Louisiana Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association and his induction in the Louisiana Tech Athletic Hall of Fame, which also includes Terry Bradshaw and Karl Malone.
"KSCJ is honored to continue our partnership with the X's as the only radio home of Explorers baseball in team history,” comments Powell Broadcasting General Manager, Dennis Bullock. We consider it a great service to X's fans and our listeners in and around Sioux City. The voice of veteran broadcaster Dave Nitz has become synonymous with summer and we are excited that Dave is back again for another baseball season."
Dave is a native of West Virginia and a graduate of Louisiana Tech University. He and his wife Marlene have three children and six grandchildren. They make their home in Haughton, Louisiana.
The Sioux City Explorers will kick off their 21st season on Thursday, May 16th versus the Sioux Falls Canaries. Individual game tickets will go on sale Saturday, April 20th at 10:00am – to reserve your 9 Innings of Vacation stop down to the X’s Box Office, located at Lewis & Clark Park or call 277-WINS.