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Dusel steps to mic for Suns

January 08, 2002

Dusel steps to mic for Suns



By BOB PARASILITI
bobp@herald-mail.com


Like anyone else in baseball, Chris Dusel would rather work out of the leadoff position.

If you have the ability, being the No. 1 guy in the lineup usually allows more at-bats, to see more pitches and to get more chances to work to the team's advantage.

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The same could be said for Dusel, who was officially named the new broadcast voice of the Hagerstown Suns for the 2002 season on Monday. For him, it's a chance to move from No. 2 to the No. 1 spot in the radio booth.

Dusel came to Hagerstown after spending a season as the second man on the Lynchburg (Va.) Hillcats radio team.

"I was doing the middle three innings of the game and the pregame show for the Hillcats," said Dusel, who replaces Karl Schalk. "This is a step up for me. It's going to be my show. Being the No. 2 guy was nice, but now I will be the one doing six innings of home games and nine innings of games on the road."

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Dusel, 27, graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 1997 and looked to get broadcasting. After spending summer vacations working various jobs for the Pawtucket Red Sox, he knew he wanted to be involved in baseball in the front office.

"When I got out of college, I started with a radio station that was just starting on the air," Dusel said. "I knew I wanted to get into baseball and I liked doing radio. I decided why not try to work both of them together."

Dusel, a Saunderstown, R.I., native, worked on the new station's talk show and did work with Providence College basketball broadcasts before hooking on with Lynchburg last year.

He was hired by the Suns in mid-December to broadcast and also be the team's manager of media relations. Dusel said the Suns are hiring a second broadcaster to work the same duties he did in Lynchburg.

For now, Dusel finds himself trying to get used to his new surroundings. He just moved to Hagerstown last weekend and is starting to get accustomed to the area. Along with that, it will be working with a new major league affiliation - the San Francisco Giants instead of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

"I don't see any of this as a problem ... it's more of a challenge," Dusel said. "I have to do a lot on the move, learning a new area, a new team and a new organization. Hopefully, it will come easy. It will be fun learning it all."

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