Express Program August 14 - Page 21

S easonal S taff Pete Knutson Radio Broadcaster Pete wrapped up a third year in the broadcast booth in 2016 and will broadcast all 72 Express games on Classic Rock 92.1 FM. After the conclusion of the 2016 season, Pete was honored as the Co-Broadcaster of the Year in the Northwoods League. Pete filled a similar role in his first year with the Express in 2014 before spending 2015 full-time as the Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations. In his full-time role, Pete sold sponsorships, group outings and ticket packages along with overseeing the Express website, press releases and video production. PHil Tripper Director of In Game Entertainment Phil finishes his fifth season with the Eau Claire Express as the On-Field announcer. In 2016 he took on additional duties in directing all in-game entertainment which includes creating fun and interactive activi- ties in the stands and between innings. This role continues to include on-field announcing duties but will incorporate more of the behind the scenes planning previously done by the Express full-time staff. Paul Schommer Public Address Announcer Paul returned to the Express in 2016 as PA Announcer after a two-year hiatus. He previously held the position from 2006-2013. During his previous stint with the Express Paul had a role in ticket sales (2011) and public relations (2012). Paul previously spent 12 1/2 years as a Social Studies teacher at Hudson High School and has served as the “Voice of the Titans” at Tartan High School in Oakdale, Minn. where he did PA work for football, basketball, baseball and track and field. 21