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Suzyn Waldman First Woman to Announce World Series

Suzyn Waldman became the first woman to call a World Series Game on the radio October 28th. Waldman told MLB.com, “It really meant a lot to me. It’s the highest thing you can do in baseball, broadcast a World Series game.”

Waldman is the first woman to hold a full-time position as a Major League Broadcaster and in 1987, became the first female announcer on WFAN, the first All-Sports Radio station in the country. She has won numerous awards, including the International Radio Award for her reporting from Candlestick Park during the 1989 San Francisco earthquake, and the 1996 NY Sportscaster of the Year.

Female sports broadcasters are becoming increasingly more prevalent, yet most remain relegated to the sidelines conducting post-game wrap-ups or interviews. Laurie Orlando, an ESPN senior vice president overseeing announcer planning and development told USA Today, “That will change. It has to change. It took time to accept women as (studio) anchors. Our goal is to get a similar acceptance for play-by-play.”

Sources:

MLB.com 10/29/09; USA Today 9/17/08