SALISBURY, Md.- The Delmarva Shorebirds, class "A" affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles, have announced that five-year radio broadcaster and graphic designer, Bret Lasky, has left the Shorebirds to pursue a unique opportunity with the LPGA Tour.
Lasky, who joined the Shorebirds in 2009, broadcast over 600 Shorebirds baseball games during his run as the teams announcer.
The Queens, N.Y., native and University of Maryland graduate started as a part-time radio broadcaster in 2009 and quickly was promoted to Director of Broadcasting and Graphic Design in 2010. In 2011, he played a major role in the planning and execution of the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Lasky was recognized by the SAL following the 2012 season as the Media Relations Director of the Year.
"We appreciate all the hard work and dedication that Bret has put forth with the Shorebirds over the last five years," said Shorebirds general manager Chris Bitters. "We wish him the best of luck with his new opportunity."
Lasky's final day with the Shorebirds is Thursday, Feb. 13.
"I'll be forever indebted to the Shorebirds for giving me the opportunity to learn and grow over the last five years," said Lasky. "I want to thank all the Shorebirds players, coaches, fellow employees and fans for making my job easy and enjoyable."
The Shorebirds have already secured a new radio broadcaster for the 2014 season. Doug Newton, who called UMES basketball games with Lasky this season, will take over as the "Voice of the Shorebirds".
Newton, who graduated from Princeton in 2012, served as the broadcasting and media relations assistant for the Clinton LumberKings (Class-A, Seattle Mariners) last season. In 2012, he occupied a similar role with the Aberdeen Ironbirds (Short-Season, Orioles).
Most recently, Newton was the assistant director of New Media at UMES. He called play-by-play for Hawks volleyball and women's basketball.
"Doug came highly recommended from Bret, UMES and the Clinton LumberKings," said Bitters. "We feel fortunate to have him join our staff and we look forward to watching him grow."
Newton will broadcast his first Shorebirds game on April 1 when the Salisbury University Sea Gulls take on the Shorebirds in an exhibition game at Arthur W. Perdue Stadium. The Shorebirds' season begins in earnest on April 3 on the road against the Asheville Tourists.
"I'm incredibly excited to join the Shorebirds' organization," said Newton. "I'm looking forward to calling each and every game for our fans across Delmarva."