Aaron Goldsmith Keeping Busy This Winter

Former college football coach Gary Barnett and Aaron after calling the Texas A&M at LSU game in Baton Rouge.

Former college football coach Gary Barnett and Aaron after calling the Texas A&M at LSU game in Baton Rouge.

If you are watching a college basketball game over the next couple of months, you might recognize his voice.  And when the camera is on the play-by-play guy, you might recognize his face.

Aaron Goldsmith, Rick Rizzs’ new partner in 2013 in the radio broadcast booth, has a 10-game schedule of games on FS1 and in January-February will work 8 games on the Pac-12 Network.  His next game will be this Saturday when Washington State hosts UTEP in Pullman on the Pac-12 Network.

It’s quite an experience for Aaron for one interesting reason: his basketball broadcasting experience prior to this was two high school games several years ago and a couple of Providence College games for demo purposes (off-air).

In addition, he has called the radio play-by-play of two major college football game on Sports Radio USA network (Texas A&M at LSU and Texas at Baylor), and will call the AdvoCare V100 Bowl (formerly the Independence Bowl) on December 31 in Shreveport, LA when the University of Arizona (Trey Griffey is a wide receiver for the Wildcats) faces Boston College.

Aaron had the call for Texas vs. Baylor college football game in Waco, TX.

Aaron had the call for Texas vs. Baylor college football game in Waco, TX.

It has been a busy off-season, but Goldsmith said, “It has been a great experience calling college football on radio and basketball on TV, but first and foremost, I am the Mariners broadcaster.  Baseball is my first love, no question. Working with Rick and calling games to the same fan-base for 162 nights a year is the most fulfilling job this profession has to offer.”

His schedule in January and February includes games involves all four Northwest Pac-12 teams, the Washington Huskies, Washington State Cougars, Oregon State Beavers and Oregon Ducks.

Aaron will call several college basketball games, including several stops in the Pac-12 (Coors Events Center in Boulder, CO pictured).

Aaron will call several college basketball games, including several stops in the Pac-12 (Coors Events Center in Boulder, CO pictured).

Some fans may remember that in his first few seasons after moving to Seattle, Dave Niehaus broadcast several University of Washington televised basketball games.  And several years ago, Rick Rizzs did some college football games for Fox Sports Northwest.  Dave Sims, of course, has been behind the mic for NFL and college basketball games for many years.

And here’s a quick reminder: the first radio broadcast of the Mariners spring training season will be Thursday, February 27, at high noon on 710 ESPN Seattle and the Mariners radio network.

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