Wizards radio broadcast changes hands

Fort Wayne, IN – The Fort Wayne Wizards announced a change to their radio broadcasts for the 2005 season as Mike Maahs has been hired to replace Terry Byrom in the radio booth to handle all the play-by-play action.

Byrom has accepted a similar position with the Harrisburg Senators, the Double-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, in the Eastern League. He joined the Wizards broadcasts and sales staff prior to the start of the 2003 season. Prior to handling the play-by-play duties for the Wizards, Byrom served as the Director of Broadcasting for the Ogden Raptors, the Pioneer League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers. He has also been the play-by-play and color commentator for the Wabash College football team since 1999.

"We are looking forward to having Mike Maahs join the Wizards family," General Manager Mike Nutter said. "Terry has been a valuable asset to our organization, both on the sales staff and in the radio booth. Mike will add a different style of broadcasting that our fans, both on the radio and the Internet, will enjoy for the 2005 season. He brings a wealth of experience on many media fronts that will be important to Wizards broadcasts."

Maahs, in his seventh year with IPFW, has served in many capacities for the Mastodons, handling play-by-play and color commentating on radio and television for the men's and women's basketball programs and the men's and women's volleyball teams. In addition, Maahs has hosted a weekly IPFW coach's show for all four sports on cable television channel College 56.

Maahs also has a wide range of Fort Wayne media history, working part-time for the News Sentinel for four years and seven years at the Journal Gazette. Since 1990, he has worked for various local radio stations covering high school football, basketball and baseball. He also spent the 1995-1996 season working for an Angola cable television station covering Tri-State University men's and women's basketball, men's and women's volleyball and baseball.

All Wizards games during the 2005 season will be broadcast on ESPN Radio, 1380 AM. The Wizards and Federated Media recently agreed to a two-year agreement with ESPN Radio, 1380 AM to serve as the official home for all Wizards broadcasts through the 2006 season.

The Wizards begin the home portion of their 2005 season on Saturday, April 9 at 4:00 p.m. against the Lansing Lugnuts, the new Midwest League affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

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