On the heels of the announcement that John Focke would depart from his post as Minnesota Lynx broadcaster to take a new job with the Charlotte Hornets, the team announced that industry veteran Sloane Martin would handle play-by-play in Minnesota.
📻 Coming to your airwaves soon 📻
Welcome to the squad, @SloaneMartin!
— Minnesota Lynx (@minnesotalynx) May 1, 2019
In addition, the team announced that country station 106.1 Bob FM would once again be the flagship radio station for Lynx broadcasts in 2019.
Big News: The @MinnesotaLynx have a new play-by-play voice…
— WCCO Radio (@wccoradio) May 1, 2019
Martin has compiled an extensive resume in the Twin Cities, including covering the Lynx last year for The Athletic and work with Entercom News/Talk station 830 WCCO.
I am proud to join an organization that values promoting women’s basketball and the stories of these athletes as much as I do.
–Sloane Martin, new Lynx play-by-play announcer (per team press release)
Her work also includes stints with the Big Ten Network and KSTC-TV.
To use twitter parlance, I’ve got personal news: https://t.co/To3UslX9Hd
— Sloane Martin (@SloaneMartin) May 1, 2019
Really excited about @SloaneMartin taking over on the Lynx broadcasts, her passion for the team and the @WNBA as well as her knowledge of the league will make for awesome broadcasts. You’re in great hands Lynx Fans!
— John Focke (@JWFOCKE) May 1, 2019
— David Brauer (@dbrauer) May 1, 2019
It wasn’t that long ago that my wife was driving to high schools in the middle of the woods of WNY to call games on a tiny AM station. Now she’s the Minnesota Lynx play-by-play broadcaster. She worked like crazy for it and I’m proud as hell https://t.co/ml6XNA5p4u
— Matthew Coller (@MatthewColler) May 1, 2019