OAKLAND, CALIF. – The Oakland A’s announced today that Johnny Doskow (pronounced DOS-kow), long-time voice of the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats, will join the club’s radio broadcast on an interim basis while Ken Korach recovers from knee replacement surgery. He will make his A’s debut Monday night at AT&T Park, when the A’s play the Giants in the opening game of the Bay Bridge Series in San Francisco (7:15 p.m.).
Vince Cotroneo will assume Korach’s primary broadcast duties on 95.7 FM The Game while Doskow, entering his 12th season as the River Cats’ play-by-play announcer, will call four innings each game as the club’s No. 2 man in the booth. He will also host the A’s pre-game show and is slated to do post-game interviews following every Oakland win.
Korach, who underwent knee replacement surgery March 19, is expected back some time in April.
“While our fans are certainly going to miss the familiar voice of Ken Korach until his return, we feel very fortunate to have enlisted the services of Johnny Doskow in this interim period,” said Ken Pries, the A’s vice president of broadcasting and communications. “Johnny has made a name for himself as one of the best announcers in minor league baseball today, and he is richly deserving of this fill-in opportunity. We want to not only thank him for his willingness to help us in these unique circumstances, but we also want to thank (River Cats’ owner) Jeff Savage for his tremendous cooperation in making this possible.”
“I’m extremely excited and humbled to fill in for Ken Korach,” said Doskow, who has called nearly 3,000 minor league games in his career. “I have the utmost respect for the Athletics organization as a whole, and their talented broadcast team in particular. I can’t wait to join Vince and Ray in the booth during Ken’s recovery.”
Doskow, a native of North Tarrytown, NY and 1990 communications graduate from the University of LaVerne, has developed a large following in Sacramento for his colorful description of River Cats baseball. He brings 19 years of minor league baseball broadcasting experience to the A’s, first logging three seasons as play-by-play announcer for the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Midwest League, followed by two years in the same capacity for the High Desert Mavericks of the California League.
He then served three seasons as the play-by-play voice of the Triple-A Fresno Grizzlies, where he was named one of the nation’s Top 10 Minor League Broadcasters by Baseball America in 1999. Doskow was hired by the River Cats in November of 2000.
"Johnny has been a staple in the River Cats organization for over a decade, and we're extremely excited for him to get this opportunity,” said Jeff Savage, general manager of the Sacramento franchise. “We believe Athletics fans will agree with what River Cats fans have known for years--Johnny is a true professional who brings energy, passion and a unique perspective to the radio booth every game."