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Major league baseball preview: Meet the Tampa Bay Rays broadcasters

Rays TV

Dewayne Staats: The only TV play-by-play announcer the Rays have ever had. He will call his 12th season on Rays TV and is entering his 33rd year in the big leagues. He is approaching 5,000 games as a major-league broadcaster after calling games for the Astros (1977-84), Cubs (1985-89) and Yankees (1990-94) as well as national broadcasts before joining the Rays.

Kevin Kennedy: Named to replace Joe Magrane, Kennedy will be color commentator for about 100 games on Rays TV. He spent the past eight years as the pregame host for Fox's Game of the Week. He also served a pre- and postgame host for the Dodgers and Angels and has called games for ESPN. He managed four seasons in the majors.

Brian Anderson: The former major-league pitcher will call approximately 40 games on Rays TV. He filled in for Rays TV last summer while Joe Magrane was calling baseball for NBC's Olympic coverage.

Todd Kalas: He returns for his 12th season with the Rays, primarily as the in-game reporter. He also is expected to serve as color commentator for 10 or so games on television.

Whit Watson: He will host all nine editions of the Inside the Rays television show and also will host Rays Live, the pregame show and postgame show. He also will serve in-game reporter for select game telecasts.

Rays Radio

Andy Freed: He begins his fifth season on the Rays radio broadcasts. He worked three seasons calling games for the Red Sox's Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket and six seasons calling minor-league games in Trenton, N.J.

Dave Wills: He, like his partner Freed, joined Rays radio broadcasts in 2005. He came to the Rays after spending 11 seasons on the White Sox radio broadcasts. He also had a stint working in the minors.

Rich Herrera: He will work his fifth season as the host of the pre- and postgame shows.

Ricardo Taveras: This will be his seventh season calling Rays play-by-play on Spanish radio. He has 23 years of radio experience.

Enrique Oliu: Providing color on the Rays' Spanish radio broadcasts for the 12th season.

Major league baseball preview: Meet the Tampa Bay Rays broadcasters 04/01/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 4, 2009 5:23pm]
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