Sanderson Ford Kidkaster: A Day in the Life


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

booth6Kalena 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

truckTo 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.

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