Josh Whetzel is in his 11th season as the play-by-play broadcaster for the Rochester Red Wings. However, being the Red Wings broadcaster is not the only thing Whetzel is known for; the University of Kansas grad is also the play-by-play broadcaster for the University of Buffalo Basketball team. I was able to talk with Whetzel and find out a little more about him and his life here in Rochester.
Q: Did you play any sports in high school or college?
A: I played baseball in high school.
Q: What was your first job out of college?
A: I was the news/sports director at KSCB radio in Liberal, Kansas.
Q: What four/five athletes or coaches would you want to play a round of golf with?
A: George Brett, Sandy Koufax, Bill Self, and I will throw a broadcaster in there … Vin Scully.
Q: Was this what you dreamed of doing when you were younger?
A: After I realized I had no chance of pitching for the Dodgers, yes.
Q: Where's your go-to place to get food in Rochester?
A: I have been known to frequent Chipotle and The Winfield Bar and Grill.
Q: What's the best part about your job with the Red Wings?
A: Getting the chance to watch the highest level of baseball this side of the big leagues every day.
Q: What do you like the most about calling minor league baseball?
A: Watching the next MLB stars on their final step before reaching the big leagues. I also enjoy traveling to the different cities around the league.
Q: Did you get a chance to call any games when you were at Kansas University?
A: I helped broadcast the Kansas baseball games and also called some KU football and basketball games on the student radio station.
Q: How do you like living in Rochester?
A: It's good … especially during baseball season. I really enjoy the passionate Red Wing fans.