You might say his audience is Eaves-dropping.
They’re listening in, very intently, hanging on every word of announcer Seth Eaves. As Gaston College spokeswoman Haleigh DiBetta informed Thursday, Eaves is the public address announcer at Sims Legion Park in Gastonia, and he is the voice of the Gaston College Rhinos baseball team.
DiBetta continued that Eaves’s new gig is the fulfillment of a longtime dream for him: holding a microphone and talking about sports. To reach his goals, Eaves enrolled at Gaston College to study broadcasting and production technology.
“The team has had an incredible first season so far,” he added, extolling the Rhinos. “They hit the ball well and seem like a very well-rounded group. I’m hoping they can build on this momentum for the rest of the season.”
Eaves hit the ground running to cover as many local sports teams as possible after graduation from Gaston College in 2015. To get his feet wet, he covered high school sports while working for a local radio station that covered Gaston, Lincoln and Cleveland counties. From there he went on to work for Limestone University and still serves as its public address announcer. At Limestone, he has had the opportunity to give play-by-play and color commentary for the basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey and soccer teams. An avid sports fan who cannot seem to get enough, Eaves also works in his spare time for a radio station in Rock Hill, S.C., to cover games during the high school football season.
This new job with the Rhinos certainly is not his first time living out his dreams, but he says it has been his biggest challenge to date. He credits Gaston College and his instructors in the broadcasting and production technology program for helping him get to this point in his career. He says teacher and program co-ordinator Kate Carmody taught him everything he knows about broadcast production and what goes on behind the scenes.
“I was a little bit nervous because, although I’ve done this before, when it’s your alma mater, it hits a little bit different,” said Eaves. “You have your teachers there that vouch for you, and people welcome you back home. And that can put pressure on you. But I just go out there and make my announcements.”
With dreams of being in front of the camera one day, he added that his time at Gaston College opened his eyes to a new side of the business that he now enjoys.
Talking of the Rhinos’ prowess on the baseball diamond, they recently made history during the opening weekend of the newly renovated Sims Legion Park with a no-hitter against Wake Tech Community College. They currently hold a 27-two record; are ranked number one in the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 10 Conference; and rank in the top five of all three National Junior College Athletic Association polls.
For information about the Rhinos baseball team and other Gaston College sports, be sure to see the Website at www.gcrhinos.com.
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