SAN DIEGO -- Veteran broadcaster Andy Masur is the choice to succeed Tim Flannery in the Padres' radio broadcast booth for the 2007 season. Flannery departed to join the San Francisco Giants' coaching staff under new manager Bruce Bochy, the former Padres skipper. Masur, who will join Ted Leitner and Jerry Coleman on the Padres' radio team, comes to San Diego from Chicago, where he has served as a radio voice of the Cubs and Loyola University Chicago.
Padres chief executive officer Sandy Alderson made the announcement, also disclosing that Hall of Famer Coleman's contract has been extended through the 2009 season. "We are excited that Ted, Jerry and, now, Andy will be calling Padres action for the foreseeable future," Alderson said. "Andy is going to bring a new dynamic to an already stellar team that includes the voice of the Padres in Ted Leitner and a Hall of Famer in Jerry Coleman." Masur will provide play-by-play and color commentary for Padres broadcasts on the Friars' radio flagship, XX Sports Radio (1090 AM and 105.7 FM). Most recently, Masur served as a pregame and postgame host for Cubs games while also handling play-by-play action. He worked as a sports anchor and reporter for WGN Radio, the Cubs flagship. Masur has been the radio voice of the Loyola men's basketball team since 2002. The Illinois native received B.S. in Mass Communications, Radio & Television from Bradley University (Ill.). "Some of the great radio broadcasters have come from WGN providing Cubs play-by-play," said Broadcast Company of the Americas president John Lynch. "Andy will add his unique style to one of the longest running and best broadcast partnerships in all of sports. San Diegans will come to love Andy, and he's a great addition to XX Radio." The 2007 season will mark Coleman's 34th behind the microphone for the Padres and 57th in Major League Baseball as player, manager, club executive or broadcaster. In 2005, Coleman was awarded the National Baseball Hall of Fame's Ford C. Frick Award for excellence in baseball broadcasting. He was enshrined in the Padres Hall of Fame in 2001.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.