The 2015 season marks Ken Korach's 24th year in the American League, his 20th season with the A's, and his tenth as the team's lead radio announcer.
In the long history of the A's in Oakland, only the legendary Bill King has spent more years doing radio play-by-play for the team.
In what he described as a labor of love, Korach authored his first book last year about his former booth mate. Entitled "Holy Toledo - Lessons from Bill King: Renaissance Man of the Mic," he interviewed dozens of King's closest friends and professional peers in a 267-page book that was the No. 1 best selling baseball book on Amazon for more than a month and a best seller at many Bay Area bookstores.
Korach, who was named 2013 California Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, began his baseball career in 1981, when he worked the first of two seasons with the Redwood Pioneers of the California League. He also spent five full seasons broadcasting in the Pacific Coast League, in 1986-87 for Phoenix and 1989-1991 for Las Vegas.
Korach was hired by the Chicago White Sox in 1992 and he spent four years with the Sox, working mostly weekend games.
Korach began his broadcasting career at KTOB Radio in Petaluma in 1980, and he was hired as a sports anchor and voice of San Jose State football by KCBS Radio in San Francisco in 1985. He spent 22 seasons broadcasting college basketball and 14 seasons of college football for Sonoma State University, San Jose State and UNLV, where he spent 12 seasons as the voice of the Runnin' Rebels on radio and television.
Korach was inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2003, was the 2001 Nevada Sportscaster of the Year, and his 1986 KCBS broadcast of the San Jose State-Fresno State football game was voted the top play-by-play performance that year for California and Nevada by the Associated Press Radio and Television Association.
Korach's national work includes broadcasting selected major league games for ESPN Radio in 2009 and several bowl games, including the Peach, Las Vegas and Senior Bowls. Korach's charitable work includes the establishment of Ken Korach's A's Winning for the Community, which raised over $50,000 for the high school baseball programs in Oakland, including Ken's personal donation of $15,000. Korach was honored with a proclamation by the Oakland School Board in 2009, and he currently serves on the advisory board for the Oakland Tech High School Field of Dreams.
Ken is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara and lives in Henderson, Nev. in the off-season with his daughter, Emilee, and wife Denise, the director of baseball administration for the Las Vegas 51s of the PCL.
Vince Cotroneo begins his 10th season in the A's radio booth, where he again will work with broadcast partners Ken Korach and Ray Fosse in continuing the team's tradition of broadcasting excellence.
Prior to joining the A's, Cotroneo spent six seasons (1998-2003) as an announcer on the Texas Rangers broadcasts, where he partnered with Eric Nadel on the Rangers Radio Network. He also worked a handful of games on the television side during the 2002 season. Cotroneo joined the Rangers broadcast team in 1998 after spending seven seasons (1990-96) with the Houston Astros.
A 26-year broadcasting veteran, Cotroneo began his career with the Single-A Lynchburg Mets in 1984. He spent the next three seasons with the Double-A El Paso Diablos in the Milwaukee system before moving onto the Triple-A Iowa Cubs for the 1988 season. In his only season with Iowa, he was selected as the National Association's Minor League Announcer of the Year. Cotroneo joined the Astros organization the following season and was the radio voice of the Tucson Toros for two seasons (1989-90) before landing his first Major League job with the Astros in 1991.
A 1983 graduate of the University of Central Florida, Cotroneo and his wife, Veronica, have three children, Dominic, Olivia and Sophia.
Ray Fosse, former two-time major league all-star catcher and Emmy Award winning broadcaster, celebrates his 30th consecutive season on radio and his 27th season in the television booth as the A's game analyst.
Fosse, a 12-year major league veteran, played for the Cleveland Indians, Oakland A's, Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers, compiling a .256 batting average with 61 home runs. A native of Marion, Ill., Fosse attended Southern Illinois University, and was Cleveland's No. 1 draft pick in 1965. He made his major league debut with the Tribe in 1967 and spent the next six seasons in Cleveland. Fosse enjoyed his most productive season in 1970 when he batted .307 with a career-high 18 home runs and 61 RBI. He was named the American League All-Star catcher, received the Rawlings Gold Glove as the best defensive catcher in the American League, and was voted Co-Man of the Year with Sam McDowell that season.
In 1971, Fosse was named starting catcher for the American League All-Star Team and received his second Rawlings Gold Glove. He was traded to the Oakland A's in 1973, and played for the 1973 and 1974 World Champions in Oakland. In 2002, Fosse was voted one of the 100 greatest players in Cleveland Indians' history.
Ray and his wife, Carol, were married April 4, 1970, and have two married daughters and two grandsons. Ray and Carol reside in California and Arizona, where they are active in several charitable organizations.
Glen Kuiper begins his 12th season in the A's television booth as the club's lead play-by-play voice.
Kuiper has covered the Bay Area baseball scene for Comcast SportsNet since 1992, serving as pre-game host and fill-in play-by-play announcer for both A's and Giants telecasts. He has also worked on Comcast SportsNet's Golden State Warrior and San Jose Sharks telecasts, along with numerous collegiate assignments. He has also handled sideline reporting duties for select National Football League games on Fox. Kuiper has won seven Northern California Emmy Awards for his coverage of Bay Area Sports teams.
Glen is the youngest brother in a talented broadcasting family. His oldest brother, Duane, is a longtime member of the San Francisco Giants announcing team while older brother, Jeff, produces the Giants Comcast SportsNet Bay Area telecasts.
Kuiper graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor's degree in broadcasting. He also attended the University of New Orleans and spent three years in the minor leagues. A native of Racine, Wis., Kuiper resides in Danville, Calif. with his wife, Amanda and two children, Jack and Annette.
Eric Chavez enters his first season as an A's television analyst after a 17-year career in the Major Leagues.
Chavez was Oakland's first round draft pick in 1996 and made his big league debut with the A's in 1998. He batted .267 with 230 home runs and 787 RBI in 1320 games over 13 seasons with Oakland. Chavez won six consecutive American League Gold Gloves at third base from 2001-06 and his 1,233 games played at third are second only in Oakland history to Sal Bando.
Chavez left the A's after the 2010 season and spent two seasons with the New York Yankees (2011-12) and Arizona Diamondbacks (2013-14) before retiring following the 2014 season. He played 1,615 games in his career while batting .268 with 260 home runs and 902 RBI.
A native of San Diego, Calif., Chavez resides in Scottsdale, Ariz., with his wife, Alexandra, and three children, Diego, Dolce and Cruz.
Amaury Pi-González, a pioneer in establishing Spanish baseball radio play-by-play in the Bay Area, serves as the "Voice of the A's" for all Spanish broadcasts. This will be his 22nd season doing A's broadcasts, having filled that role from 1978-93, 2009-10 and again the past three seasons.
Well-known and respected in both English and Spanish media circles, Pi-González enters his 38th season in Major League Baseball in 2015. He began his career in 1977 with the Athletics, and has also broadcast for the San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels. For a fourth straight year, he will also do selected games for the Angels on Fox Sports Network West in Southern California.
During his tenure, Pi-González has called the 1986 World Series for CBS Hispanic Network, the 1988, 1989 and 1990 Series for the A's, and the 2002 Series for the Giants. The Fremont, Calif. resident previously served five years as sports anchor for Telemundo TV48 in San Jose and was the Spanish voice for the NBA's Golden State Warriors (1992-98) and Los Angeles Clippers. In addition, he was the English voice for the Caribbean World Series for Fox Sports International in 2001 and 2002.
Born in Cuba, Amaury was inducted into the Cuban Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and into the Hispanic Heritage Baseball Museum in 2004. Since 2002, he has been nominated each year for the prestigious Ford C. Frick Broadcasters Award in Baseball's Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. He was inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame in 2009.
Manolo Hernández-Douen is in his seventh season as the Athletics analyst and play-by-play announcer for Spanish broadcasts. He has over 44 years of experience in journalism, and has covered a variety of sports during that span.
A graduate of Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in his native Caracas, Hernández-Douen has covered the Olympic and Pan American Games, world championship boxing matches and winter league baseball, including the Caribbean Series. He was Venezuela's Sportswriter of the Year in 1979 and for five seasons was the basketball radio analyst for the Caracas Liga Especial de Baloncesto team.
Since moving to California in 1982, he has covered the NBA and Major League Baseball for several of the highest circulation Spanish newspapers in the United States including La Opinión in Los Angeles. Most recently, he was the Sports Editor for El Nuevo Herald in Miami from 2000 to 2007, and since the 2008 season, he has covered feature stories as a freelance writer for lasmayores.com (MLB in Spanish), beisbol.net and beisbolporgotas.com.
A proud father of two, Franklin and Cristina, and Kayla's grandfather, Manolo resides in San Leandro.