Welcome aboard, Ben!
By Ben Gellman, Broadcast Assistant
Hey Crawdads fans! My name is Ben Gellman, and I’m the new Broadcast Assistant with Hickory! I just wanted to give you all a chance to get to know me as I begin blogging about the Crawdads for the 2011 season.
I grew up a fan of minor league baseball in Columbus, Ohio, as I attended my first Columbus Clippers game at three weeks old. I’ve been a fan of the game ever since, and I’m very excited for my first full season in professional baseball. I broadcasted basketball and baseball at Division III Brandeis University as an undergraduate student from 2004 through 2008. I was also fortunate enough to be a web intern with the sports department of the Boston Globe while I was there. I pursued my master’s degree in broadcast journalism at Syracuse University, and interned with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League.
I moved down to North Carolina in 2009 to be near my girlfriend (now fiancee), and worked for a year as a news/sports anchor-reporter at 1360 WCHL in Chapel Hill. I did my first-ever football broadcasts in Chapel Hill, and reported on UNC athletics. I can’t wait to spend the 2011 Crawdads season with you!