Ever wondered what it was like to be the Sanderson Ford Kidkaster?
Yesterday, 11-year-old Kalena Leahy took her turn at the mic and we documented her exciting day at Chase Field as the Diamondbacks took on the Chicago Cubs.
11:30 a.m. – Interview a D-backs player in the dugout
Kalena’s first duty as Kidkaster was to interview her favorite player, Cody Ross, in the D-backs dugout for the “Diamondbacks Live” pregame show. Kalena asked Ross why he chooses to wear number seven.
12:30 p.m. - Guest host “Diamondbacks Live”
Kalena was able to join Brad Steinke live on the set of the pregame show to answer a few questions and give some of her own input about the D-backs.
Bottom of the 2nd inning - Announce the D-backs hitters
Kidkasters join D-backs public address announcer Chuck Drago to introduce each batter of the inning.
Top of the 3rd – Go on-air with Bob Brenly and Steve Berthiaume
Kalena went live on-air for the D-backs broadcast on FOX Sports Arizona. Kidkasters are able to help announce the game on television for the half inning.
Bottom of the 3rd – Announce the game on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and 620 AM
Kalena joined radio play-by-play announcer Greg Schulte and analyst Tom Candiotti as they announced the bottom half of the third inning.
Top of the 4th – Take a tour of the FOX Sports Arizona production truck
To end their hard day of work, Kidkasters are able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of the production truck and see where all of the magic happens.
Kalena did a great job on Sunday and was able to learn about everything that goes into a D-backs broadcast.
Kidkasters are chosen once a month and must be between the ages of 10-14 to participate. Tryouts are held at Chase Field in the Sandlot, so keep an eye out for the next opportunity by following FOX Sports Arizona on Twitter and Facebook.