Born to be in the box

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By Corey Woolsey

Coming from the family he was born into, Jevin Redman was always surrounded by sports.

While practicing baseball, basketball and tennis with his dad, retired Mount Vernon Athletic Director Gary Redman, they would listen to broadcasts on the radio.

It was his exposure to the broadcasters of his favorite teams that made Jevin think about a career in broadcasting at an early age.

“I joke with people and tell them that I became interested in broadcasting the day I was born, because I was born holding a microphone,” he said. “But when I was 11 or 12 I knew I wanted to give it a shot.”

Summer evenings listening to Cardinal games with the voices of Mike Shannon and John Rooney coming through the speakers and nights in the weight room with Mark Boyle and the Pacers helped to spark the fire within him.

“I always felt a connection with them…like I knew them personally,” he said. “I associate their voices with a lot of memories. When I hear them broadcast games it brings back a lot of childhood memories and brings a smile to my face. I have always thought it would be neat to be that person someday for other people. Hopefully I already do, or will someday.”

Redman is currently a radio broadcaster and media relations assistant for the Cincinnati Reds Triple-A Affiliate Louisville Bats.

Hired in January just before his graduation from the University of Southern Indiana, Redman broadcasts games with Nick Curran, who was the voice of Bellarmine Basketball, and someone Redman got to know while broadcasting for USI.

Before heading to USI, Redman began to explore radio his senior year of high school.

“I went to the Evansville Career and Tech Center (90.7 FM WPSR) in Evansville in the mornings for half of the school day,” he said. “I started to get involved doing public address announcing at volleyball and girls basketball games at Mount Vernon during my senior year to get some practice with speaking in front of crowds.”

In his time at USI, Redman was Sports Director for 95.7 FM WSWI, the campus radio station for four years, and the radio voice of USI Basketball and Baseball, as well as the Public Address Announcer for USI Volleyball for four years. He also had the opportunity to broadcast SIAC Football on 90.7 FM on Friday nights.

During his time at USI, Redman began to receive recognition for his broadcasting talents.

“While at USI I was twice named in the Top 20 of collegiate broadcasters in the nation as a part of the Jim Nantz Awards in 2016 and 2017,” he said. “I was named the best play-by-play broadcaster in the State of Indiana in November of 2016 by the Indiana Broadcasters Association in Indianapolis.”

Last summer, Redman was the Director of Broadcasting for the Evansville Otters, who won the Frontier League Championship.

As a broadcaster for USI, opportunities have opened up for Redman that have been amazing.

“I have been very fortunate to be able to travel to a lot of different places the past four years of doing this,” said Redman. “This past December, I was in Puerto Rico broadcasting USI Basketball. I think the trips to Cary, NC with USI Baseball for the Division II World Series in 2014 and 2016 must rank up there. I have been to Las Vegas twice to broadcast USI Basketball. I have broadcasted USI basketball games at Indiana University, Tennessee, Dayton, Butler, and Purdue.”

Along with the places he has traveled, the people he has met have helped him become the broadcaster he is now. 

“I have met a lot of great broadcasters over the past several years,” he said. “I stay in contact some with Brandon Gaudin, who is now the voice of the Madden video game and is a broadcaster for Westwood One Radio and the Big Ten Network. He is from Evansville, and he has helped me with my work and offered kind words to my work. For me right now working for the Louisville Bats, it’s neat to be able to interact with players and broadcast players that I watched a few years ago on TV, or that will be in the Major Leagues very soon. You find out they are human just like the rest of us, and working with them has helped me gain even more of an appreciation for them.”

Redman also interviewed Lilly King after her gold medal Olympic performance last year and recently shared the booth with former St. Louis Cardinals legend Vince Coleman.

While Redman is influenced by a number of legendary voices in the broadcasting world, he says that he tries not to pattern his work after anyone, but pulls things from those voices that fit in his style. Some of those voices that inspire him are Boyle from the Pacers, Kevin Harlan of the NBA on TNT, retired Dodger Broadcast Icon Vin Scully, and current baseball broadcasters Rooney of the Cardinals and John Miller of the San Francisco Giants.

A local voice that really helped Redman was 14 News Meteorologist Jeff Lyons.

“I took an on-air performance class with him,” he said. “He was a great guy and teacher and really helped me improve my on-air presence.”

Now in his role with the Louisville Bats, Redman has settled in and found his daily routine.

“A typical game day starts with me waking up in the morning and checking social media to see if any stories or news about the team have been posted since I went to sleep,” he said. “I normally go for a run every morning before I go to the stadium. It clears my mind, gets my body going, and helps me feel refreshed. I grab some lunch around noon as I make my way to the stadium. I arrive around 1p.m. to prepare my portion of the game notes for that day’s game. My responsibility is to come up with 10 different notes about that night’s game for the game notes for the media’s use. I also put together a pitchers profile page updated with stats and info. Around 3 p.m., I head up to my broadcast booth to start my broadcast prep for the game. From 4:30-5 p.m., I normally head down onto the field to watch the team take batting practice and see what players are working on or talking about. Some nights I will have to grab a player to record a pregame interview that will air during that night’s pregame show. After batting practice, I will head back up to the booth and finish up any last prep that is necessary. At 6:35 p.m., we go on the air for our 30-min pregame show, and 7:05 p.m. is first pitch. I leave the stadium close to 11p.m., get to bed around midnight and wake up and do it all over again the next day.”

Redman said that in professional baseball you don’t have many days off. He likes to completely remove himself from the sport on those days to get a break from it.

“Even though I love the game and what I do so much, it’s still important to take a break from it every once in awhile or else you will get burnt out,” he said.

Redman is young in his professional career, but has achieved amazing accomplishments. He has many goals he could possibly reach one day.

“For me, I just want to continue to be able to broadcast games,” he said. “I enjoy staying around the game and being a very small part of it. Everyone’s goal is to make it to the MLB or NBA, and while that is mine also, I would also enjoy being the radio voice of a big Division I university. I love the college atmosphere and would like the opportunity to broadcast multiple sports. One specific goal I do have is I hope to one day broadcast for Westwood One Radio. They are national radio that does NFL and NCAA Football games as well as the NCAA Division I Basketball Tournament in March.”