Nicholas Badders

As a young baseball fan, I fell in love with the sport by listening to games every night on the radio. Now, I want to help future generations of sports fans fall in love with the game the same way I did.
My MiLB offseason is spent in Australia, where I am the lead broadcast voice of the Australian Baseball League's Melbourne Aces. For the Aces, I direct broadcast and media efforts, calling all home games, managing social media and the team website, while helping day-to-day operations of the team's marketing department and assist with stadium game day production.
 
The ABL and Baseball Australia also contract me to do broadcast work as well, including Thursday Night Baseball and the ABL Playoffs on Kayo Sports and Fox Sports, as well as the Youth National Championships. I spent the summer of 2019 as the Broadcasting and Media Relations Manager for the Elizabethton Twins (Rookie Advanced affiliate of the Minnesota Twins) in the Appalachian League. Before that, I was the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Pacific Association's Sonoma Stompers (independent professional baseball).
 
To pursue opportunities in Australia and the Twins organization, I chose to finish my bachelor's degree online while simultaneously holding full-time positions. In May 2020, I graduated from Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, having finished my degree in four years. At ASU, I lent my voice as a play-by-play broadcaster for the Pac-12 Plus streams of select ASU baseball, softball and soccer games and helped launch the web streams of ASU women's hockey as the executive producer and lead broadcaster.
 
When not calling live streams, I worked at the student-run campus radio station, Blaze Radio, where I got experience with radio play-by-play, talk show hosting and producing. With the Walter Cronkite Sports Network, I held many roles, from President to vice president, editor-in-chief and photo editor, as well as a studio anchor, director and producer for WCSN's weekly studio show, Cronkite Sports Live.

Work Experience

BROADCAST & COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER: Melbourne Aces (Melbourne, Australia)

Sept. 2019 to Present

  • Produce and distribute stat packs and game notes, write and publish game literature, web content and social media.

  • Participate in production and execution of game broadcasts, including play-by-play, color commentary and interviews.

  • Assist when needed in game night execution, including official scoring, and video and scoreboard operation.

  • Additional broadcasting, as well as photography for Baseball Australia and the Australian Baseball League, including ABL Thursday Night Baseball and Australian Youth Championship games. 

  • Increased Twitter impressions by 450% from previous season and Facebook engagement by 100%.

BROADCAST & MEDIA MANAGER: Elizabethton Twins (Elizabethton, TN)

2019 Summer

  • Direct all broadcasting and media relations efforts, including broadcasts, social media, graphic design and press releases.

  • Oversaw press box operations, creating daily game notes and stat packs for media and coaches.

  • Assist in promotions department, including in-game entertainment, game scripts, game music and scoreboard operation.

  • Increased in traffic on Twitter by 400% and on Facebook by 300% compared to previous season.

BROADCASTER AND PRODUCER: ASU Women's Hockey (Tempe, AZ)

​2018 - 2019

  • As a member of the Walter Cronkite Sports Network, I worked with the Arizona State women's club hockey team to produce live game broadcasts beginning with the 2018-2019 season. WCSN produced streams for all 7 ASU home games in addition to all nine of the WWCHL Conference Playoff Tournament in Las Vegas.

  • I called play-by-play action for all Arizona State games, in addition to the conference championship, working with a color commentator for every game, while conducting post-game interviews following Arizona State wins.

  • In addition to broadcasting and preseason planning, I coordinated crew for every game, produced all non-live broadcast elements prior to games.

 
BROADCASTING & MEDIA RELATIONS DIRECTOR: Sonoma Stompers (Sonoma, CA)

2018 Summer

  • Sole radio broadcaster for 80-game professional baseball schedule.

  • Coordinate all aspects of social media, including live-tweeting games, sponsorship fulfillment, graphic creation and other team and player-related postings.

  • Serve as media relations director, including writing and distributing game recaps and press releases, coordinating player interviews and making local media appearances to promote the team.

  • Responsible for creating the team's first ever multi-page daily game notes, as well as the team and league's first history and record books.

  • Fulfill other duties within organization including team and league website maintenance, ensuing accuracy with official scoring, coordinating duties of team photographer and statistics interns, serving as team's secondary public address announcer.

BROADCASTER AND STATISTICIAN: Pac-12 Networks (Phoenix, AZ)

​Mar. 2017 - Present

  • Provide play-by-play duties for the Pac-12 Networks Plus stream of Arizona State Athletics on Pac-12.com. Experienced with baseball, softball soccer, and track and field.

  • Work with commentary teams to provide instant stats and pertinent information for TV broadcasts. Coordinate with graphics operators to relay information needed to update live graphics.

 

PRESIDENT: Walter Cronkite Sports Network (Phoenix, AZ)

​Dec. 2017 - Dec. 2018

  • Oversee all operations of school's leading and only student-run media outlet of 50+ reporters covering Sun Devil Athletics.

  • Editor-in-chief of CronkiteSports.com and director of organization's football, soccer, women's hockey and baseball coverage teams.

  • As president, introduced new revenue stream for organization using Google AdSense, increased brand awareness with apparel and microphone flags and established new style guide for social media posts. Additionally, I revamped the digital platform with the introduction of Twitter Media Studio and emphasized multimedia with the enhancement of the video department and re-introduction of a photography staff.

  • Executive producer and play-by-play broadcaster of WSCN streams of ASU Women's Hockey.

  • Lead photographer for all sports and both anchor and technical director for weekly live studio show - Cronkite Sports Live.

  • Served as Vice President prior to taking over as President, stayed on organization's Executive Board in advisory role after leaving position.

BROADCASTER: Blaze Radio Sports (Phoenix, AZ) 

​Aug. 2016 - April 2019

  • Broadcast Arizona State hockey, basketball, baseball and softball games for ASU's student radio station at home and on the road.

  • Host and produce weekly talk shows and provide live sports updates.

Skills

SOFTWARE
  • Adobe After Effects

  • Adobe Audition
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Premiere Pro

  • AP ENPS

  • Final Cut Pro

  • Microsoft Office

 

ONLINE/SOCIAL MEDIA

  • MiLB HomeBase

  • Facebook

  • Twitter

  • Instagram

  • Snapchat

  • TikTok

  • YouTube

  • WordPress

  • SquareSpace

 

COMMUNICATION

  • Leadership

  • Organization

  • Problem Solving

Education​

UNDERGRADUATE: Arizona State University (Phoenix, AZ) 

​2016 - 2020

 

Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication (Graduation May 2020 with B.A.)

References

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MELISSA ORR morr@melbourneaces.com.au

Marketing and Events Manager, Melbourne Aces

 

JEREMY BOLER jboler@boydsportsllc.com

Vice President, Boyd Sports LLC/Elizabethton Twins

MARK A. REDA mark.reda@asu.edu

Lecturer/Pac-12 Plus Producer, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Former Coordinating Producer, Fox Sports Arizona & Arizona Diamondbacks

© 2020 by NICHOLAS BADDERS

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