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Winterhawks Seek Play-By-Play Announcer

Portland Winterhawks
Media Relations and Broadcast Manager

The Portland Winterhawks (Portland, Ore.) of the Western Hockey League are in search of a Play-by-Play broadcaster to serve as the team’s full-time Media Relations and Broadcast Manager.  Primary responsibilities are to serve as the Play-by-Play voice, act as the external media contact and contribute as a member of the creative services, events and media team.  Applicants should be creative, outgoing, self-starters who are comfortable in both radio broadcast and on-camera environments.

Requirements and skills:

At least one year of hockey play-by-play experience in a professional, elite Junior, or collegiate environment.

  • Demonstrated ability to write articles and press releases as well as create content for social media accounts.
  • Experience with computer-based, multi-track, audio production, recording, and editing.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a member of a creative team.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite of programs.
  • International applicants must have a current immigration status that allows for full-time employment in the U.S.
  • Additional preferred skills:
    • Video production experience (writing, filming, editing)
    • Experience with graphic design for web and/or print

Job duties will include:

Provide Play-by-play coverage of all Winterhawks games, home and away, and oversee all phases of the broadcast including:

    • Pre-game, intermission and post-game content
    • Interviews with players and/or coaches for broadcast and social media
    • Technical set-up, production and advertising spot insertion
    • Ensure fulfillment of broadcast-related sponsor elements
  • Serve as the Winterhawks primary external media contact:
    • Write and disseminate press releases
    • Develop and pitch stories to local and national media
    • Respond to and facilitate all interview, appearance and media asset requests
    • Maintain relationships with local and national media
    • Create pre-game notes and media packets
    • Work with Team Historian to track statistics and notable milestones
  • As a member of the Winterhawks creative services, events and media team:
    • Provide media training and social media training as needed to players
    • Keep players and coaches informed about game presentation elements that involve the team (special entrances, pre-game ceremonies, etc.)
    • Assist with crisis communications and coordinate press conferences as needed
    • Contribute content to Winterhawks.com and team social media accounts
    • Produce team podcasts, sponsored content, and select TV Broadcast features
    • Create new media properties with an emphasis on sponsorable content
  • Other duties as assigned.

General information:

  • The position is full-time (exempt), requires extensive travel on the team bus over a seven-month, 32-game road schedule (plus playoffs), and involves significant night and weekend work.
  • Reports to the Senior Vice President, Marketing and Operations.
  • The Portland Winterhawks offer a generous medical, dental, vision and prescription benefits package to all employees and eligible spouse/partner and dependents.

All interested candidates should submit:

  • Resume and brief cover letter
  • Links to hockey play-by-play samples, both long form and highlights (whole game preferred),
  • Game recap and story form writing samples
  • relevant samples in the areas of video production and graphic design

Send via email to:       operations@winterhawks.com