The Fayetteville SwampDogs organization announced their new play-by-play broadcaster/media relations director for the 2017 season in Jackson Kaplan. Kaplan will call all SwampDogs home games on the Coastal Plain League WebPass and every road contest on the team’s Mixlr Station. He will also manage all SwampDogs social media accounts, write press releases and game recaps, conduct player interviews, and launch a weekly Youtube show covering SwampDogs baseball.
“I could not be more thrilled to be the broadcaster for the Fayetteville SwampDogs,” Kaplan says. “I would like to thank Jeremy Aagard and Lew Handelsman for this great opportunity. They are both awesome people who run a terrific organization and I’m very excited to get started.”
This past summer, Kaplan was a video intern for the CPL League Office where he co-hosted the inaugural YouTube show run by the league called “Around the CPL.” During his internship, he also had the chance to broadcast intermittently for the Holly Springs Salamanders. Prior to this summer, Kaplan interned with the Morehead City Marlins in the summer of 2015.
Shortly after the conclusion of the 2016 CPL All-Star Game, Kaplan earned the opportunity to broadcast all SwampDogs home games. “It was truly a blessing,” Kaplan says. “It has been a life-long aspiration to be a baseball play-by-play broadcaster and I was thankful to have the chance to gain a ton of experience to do what I love. I am very happy to be back with the SwampDogs next summer full-time.”
Kaplan is a rising sophomore at Wingate University studying communications with a focus in journalism and mass media. While being a student at Wingate, Kaplan also is a member of the sports information staff serving as a sports recap and feature story writer for the school’s official athletics website (WingateBulldogs.com). He also is the public address announcer for Wingate basketball and lacrosse, announcing all home games for the men’s and women’s teams.
“We are excited about Jackson’s enthusiasm and his eagerness to grow in the industry,” SwampDogs General Manager Jeremy Aagard says. “We have had a long line of tremendous broadcasters and look for him to continue that tradition.”
Kaplan will arrive in Fayetteville in May of 2017 when a new season of exciting SwampDogs baseball is in the air. Jeremy Aagard speaks highly on his abilities as a sportscaster that will help make every broadcast successful. “Jackson paints a great picture of the game,” Aagard says. “This allows for our fans to see the game through the WebPass. I think that is key to the success of any broadcaster and it maintains the SwampDog’s reputation of having the ability to maintain a top-quality broadcast.”