Brewers have open mind in search for radio voice
The Brewers’ search for Cory Provus’ replacement was already underway Thursday afternoon when the 33-year-old was introduced in Minneapolis as the new lead radio voice of the Twins.
The move represents a promotion for Provus, who will pair with former Twins outfielder Dan Gladden beginning in Spring Training. The Brewers, meanwhile, need a new partner for Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Uecker and expect upwards of 100 qualified candidates to garner serious consideration.
Vice President of Communications Tyler Barnes will work with the Brewers’ flagship station, Milwaukee’s WTMJ-AM, to select a replacement for Provus. He had been calling games alongside Uecker for the past three seasons.
“The job in Milwaukee was great, but to come to a team and a town like this where there hasn’t been much turnover is what makes this opportunity even more attractive,” Provus said, a nod to the man he’s replacing in Minneapolis. John Gordon recently retired after 25 years calling Twins games.
Barnes said the Brewers and WTMJ will spend the “next few weeks” sifting through resumes and broadcast recordings, and are open to hiring a candidate without Major League experience.
Barnes could not yet say whether the new hire would be an employee of WTMJ — as was Provus and his predecessor, Jim Powell, who left for the Braves in December 2008 — or an employee of the Brewers. Uecker and television broadcasters Brian Anderson and Bill Schroeder are Brewers employees.
“The community of play-by-play people is pretty tight, and we were already getting inquires at the start of this week when Cory’s name surfaced as a finalist in Minneapolis,” Barnes said. “There is no shortage of good talent out there. … We certainly did not want to see Cory go because he’s a fantastic talent and an even better person, but the silver lining of this is that the Twins did a phenomenal job of moving the process along very quickly. It gives us the luxury of time to do a thorough review process.”
Uecker will be involved at some point in that review, as he was three years ago before Provus got the job. Uecker, 77 in January, has already said he will be back in the booth in 2012.
Barnes said the club intends to keep the process secret, and would not comment on potential candidates. He said that more than one of the candidates involved in the club’s 2008-09 search had already applied again.
“We’re going to move it along at a pretty good pace because we know that whoever we bring in here is likely going to be creating a hole somewhere,” Barnes said.
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