Black Bears



Black Bears Announcers and Press Box Staff To Return in 2014.

PRESS RELEASE: Longview, Washington

Tue. March 25, 2014


The Cowlitz Black Bears are happy to announce that the entire team of broadcasters, announcers, and press box officials will return for the summer of 2014.

-- Kevin Taylor will return for his fourth season on the mic as Black Bears PA Announcer.

-- Ric King will be the home voice of the Black Bears for all games at Story Field.

-- Shane Downey will return for his second season as the road voice of the Black Bears. He will also be hosting player and coach interviews from the field, as part of the home game agenda.

-- Bob Rose will return as Official Scorer and stats guru. Bob has been in this capacity since Day 1 for the Black Bears.

-- John Edmiston returns for his fifth season as Scoreboard Operator and statistics.

-- Kharman Waltz returns as Music and Sound Producer.

" We are really excited to have all these guys back," said Black Bears General Manager Jim Appleby. "We want continuity and consistency from this group, and we certainly have that. Bobby and John are so good to us, bringing a professional feel to the press box every night. Kevin makes our show the very best it can be every night. He works very well with Kharman. Ric has been the home voice of the Black Bears since our team was introduced here in Longview, and getting Shane back is a real help for us. Our fans fell in love with him last year, and we are super happy that he is back. Just a great group of guys," added Appleby.

The Black Bears open the 2014 WCL season at Story Field on Thursday June 5,2014 at 6:35 against the Portland Ports. Tickets are available starting April 1.