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(Venice, FL) Radio colleague Rich “Spitz” Spedaliere tells me that “Spitz on Sports” is returning to the WENG airwaves. The show will air every Monday through Wednesday from 5-6 pm beginning March 30th, making it the only live and local sports talk show originating in Sarasota and Charlotte Counties.
Host Rich Spedaliere commented “With my wife’s health improving and with her blessing I thought it was a good time to bring the show back to the listeners of the Suncoast. I am very happy to have secured an afternoon drive time slot and look forward to taking listeners home with the interviews with local and national guests as well as an edgy view of the sports world they’ve come to expect.”
Spitz has more than a quarter century of experience doing sports talk radio and play-by-play of football, basketball, baseball and volleyball. Spitz has been the voice of Lemon Bay football for 8 years spanning two stints and was the voice of Hometown Hoops this past season, which encompassed boy’s basketball games from Lemon Bay as well as Venice and North Port high schools.
For more information, visit www.spitzonsports.com.
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(Sarasota, FL) This Saturday, March 14, the Orioles will feature two activities exclusively for children, as well as a Plush Cow promotional giveaway when the Orioles take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Ed Smith Stadium at 1:05 p.m.
The first 3,000 fans through the gates on Saturday will receive a Plush Cow. Following the game all children ages 14 and under may run the bases like their favorite Major League stars.
During the ceremonial first pitch before the game, one youngster will represent the over 70 children who successfully completed the 2015 Big League Reader challenge by checking out and reading at least three books from a Sarasota County Library during the month of February.
Now in its fifth year, the Big League Reader program encourages children to read, and rewards their efforts with a free spring training game ticket. One lucky participant, chosen at random, receives the honor of throwing out the first pitch. A partnership of the Orioles and Sarasota County Libraries, the program has grown exponentially. This year, participants read nearly 300 books.
The Orioles’ participation in the Big League Reader program is part of Sarasota 365, a host of initiatives through which the Baltimore Orioles and OriolesREACH demonstrate the ballclub’s year-round engagement with the Greater Sarasota community. Whether hosting youth activities, participating in charitable causes, or partnering in efforts to boost the local economy, the Orioles are active in the region all year long, proving that their commitment to the club’s southern home goes far beyond baseball. For more information or to sign up for the Orioles in Sarasota e-newsletter, visit www.orioles.com/sarasota.
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(Bradenton, FL) The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the 10th annual Pirate Fest on Sunday, March 15. The event will be located on 9th Street West, just outside the main gate at McKechnie Field. The festival, which is presented by ABC 7, runs from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Pirates will face the Baltimore Orioles at 1:05 p.m. at McKechnie Field.
Several local businesses and community organizations will be represented at the family-centered event. Among the scheduled activities are a photo booth, giveaways, face painting, a bounce house, live music from Matthew Huff, and mascot fun with Marty the Marauder. Autograph sessions with select Pirates players will be featured throughout the morning.
The Pirates will support the Mayors’ Feed the Hungry program by accepting donations of non-perishable goods outside the main gates. Fans that donate five or more items will be entered into a raffle to win great prizes.
On the day of the event, 9th Street West will be closed to northbound traffic at 17th Avenue and closed to southbound traffic at 13th Avenue starting at 8:00 a.m. Fans wishing to park in the Outfield Parking Lot north of McKechnie Field will be permitted to access the lot by traveling southbound on 9th Street, turning left onto 13th Avenue, and accessing the lot from 7th Street. The 6th Street Parking Lot and the Wastewater Treatment Lot will be unaffected by Pirate Fest and are both accessible from 17th Avenue. 9th Street will reopen to traffic at 2:00 p.m.
Pirate Fest is free and open to the public. After Pirate Fest the Pirates take on the Orioles. Single game tickets are available at the McKechnie Field box office, calling 1-877-893-2827, or by visiting www.Pirates.com.
For more information about Pirate Fest, Spring Training, or the Marauders, call 941-747-3031, visit www.BradentonMarauders.com, or email MaraudersInfo@Pirates.com.
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