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WUKY SportsPage: Reds play-by-play broadcaster John Sadak

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In celebration of Opening Day in Cincinnati we present this conversation between Keith Elkins and Reds play-by-play announcer John Sadak. The two discuss his long and varied sportscasting career which now includes calling the action for professional baseball's oldest franchise.

John Sadak is about to start his third season as the lead play-by-play broadcaster for the Cincinnati Reds Television Network. The story of how he became interested in sports broadcasting is a little different from most – he considered math, and in particular astrophysics as a career possibility, but he was all in once he made up his mind. When hired by the Reds, he said, "I'm in this position, hopefully, for the rest of my working life.”

His experience is extensive, including nearly 15 seasons of minor league baseball. He has worked with CBS Television sports and Westwood One Radio. His work includes play-by-play in the NFL, NBA, Major League Baseball, college football, basketball and baseball, as well as college softball, soccer, lacrosse, ice hockey, volleyball, water polo and field hockey. He was the voice of Princeton Tigers men’s basketball, Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens women’s basketball and the Advanced-A Wilmington Blue Rocks of minor leauge baseball before taking the lead announcing role with the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre RailRiders, the top farm club of the New York Yankees, in 2013. HIs long list of honors includes recognition from Baseball America, Ballpark Digest, state Press Associations in Delaware and New Jersey, and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Keith Elkins has an extensive background in broadcasting and public relations. He retired in 2017 after nine years as director of broadcasting and media relations for the Lexington Legends. He was the radio play-by-play announcer for the Legends, who played a 140-game schedule in the South Atlantic League as a class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. For 15 seasons, he was heard on halftime and postgame shows as the studio anchor on University of Kentucky basketball broadcasts on the UK sports network.Keith is a former television sports anchor and reporter with WLEX-TV in Lexington. Later, as a member of the University of Kentucky public relations staff, he produced and narrated many television features and promotional announcements on behalf of the university. Keith also has served as director of public relations at Transylvania University and worked in marketing communications with Wyncom, Inc. of Lexington. He returned to UK as director of communications in the UK College of Engineering, and was the editor of the College of Engineering alumni magazine, Quadrangle. He has served as host of the WUKY Sports Page podcast since 2019.Keith is a native of Bedford, Indiana, a graduate of the University of Kentucky and a longtime Lexington resident. He has two adult sons and two grandsons.