After sharing the Aces broadcast booth with Jack Milewski from Penn State University during the 2016 season, Noah Reed returned to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana for his senior year hoping his experience in Alexandria would better prepare him for landing a broadcasting position upon graduation. This past week, Noah’s efforts paid off as he joined the Peoria Chiefs, low A Ball affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals in the Midwest League, as the Broadcasting, Media Relations, and Audio Production Assistant. The achievement is even more impressive when one considers that approximately 120 candidates applied for this slot. Advancing past the initial cut, Noah then came out ahead during the round of eight finalists to secure his spot in the Chiefs’ organization.
So what goes into being a Broadcasting, Media Relations, and Audio Production Assistant? Noah anticipates doing radio play-by-play for various innings throughout the season in addition to conducting pre and post game interviews with players and coaches. He will also author pre and post game notes and articles, compile player biographies and statistics packages. On the Audio Production side, he expects to cut highlights from the radio broadcasts to post on the Chiefs’ website and other social media pages. Interestingly enough, these are many of the same skills Noah accomplished in Alexandria.
Former Aces General Manager Lou Nolan, who selected Noah prior to last season, was ecstatic to hear the news. “While Noah’s full portfolio of broadcasting and media roles at Ball State, with the Midwest League Fort Wayne TinCaps, and with ESPN 3 all played a factor, I am also convinced the jam packed two months of broadcasting Aces games, authoring pre and post game write-ups, engaging in social media and just helping out as necessary to create the Aces game night experience provided Noah that additional boost in his credentials to start his career with an established, first class affiliated minor league baseball team.”
Noah, in turn, stated, “I am thrilled to accept this position with the Peoria Chiefs. I’m thankful for the opportunity to work for such a successful organization.” He then added some complimentary words about his experience in Alexandria. “I am beyond grateful for the opportunity the Alexandria Aces provided for me last summer. There’s no doubt, without calling games for the Aces nearly everyday last summer, I wouldn’t be ready to take this next step in my career.”
Congratulations Noah and good luck!