Former SwampDogs Broadcaster Honored

Former Fayetteville SwampDogs broadcaster Adam Young has been named to the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America’s “30 Under 30” list, honoring the top broadcasters under the age of 30.

Young spent the 2010 season as the Radio Broadcaster and Director of Media Relations for the SwampDogs.

“Jeremy and the Fayetteville SwampDogs took a chance on a young Illinois kid and gave me my first job out of college,” Young said.  “It was neat to be included on the list back in college and even better now.  I guess you can say it’s a lot of hard work paying off and getting recognized.”

Young, a 2010 graduate of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, was an STAA All-American broadcaster that year.

The list was compiled by STAA CEO and President Jon Chelesnik from some 2,000 tweets in the span of one week.

Young is now the radio broadcaster for the Gateway Grizzlies of the independent Frontier League.  He also handles play by play and public address announcing duties at Division II McKendree University, and does freelance work for Division III Washington University-St. Louis Athletics.

“We are very proud of Adam and where he is at this point in his career,” said SwampDogs general manager Jeremy Aagard. “His hard work, talent, and personality will continue to take him as far as he wants to go in the broadcasting world and we wish him the best.”

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