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October 19, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Mariners searching for full-time radio partner for Rick Rizzs

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After two years of a rotating radio booth, the Mariners are ready to hire a permanent play-by-play man to work with lead announcer Rick Rizzs.

Randy Adamack, the Mariners’ vice president for communications, said the ballclub has begun the search process. While there is no firm timetable, they would like to have the new person in place by mid-January.

“If it takes longer, we’ll let it take longer,” he said.

Dave Sims and Mike Blowers will return in the television booth in 2013. On the radio side, after Dave Niehaus’s death in November, 2010, the Mariners elected to team Rizzs with a revolving group of partners. The idea was to ease the burden of following a legend like Niehaus. Among those who worked with Rizzs over the past two seasons were Ken Wilson, Ken Levine, Ron Fairly, Dan Wilson, Jay Buhner, Dave Valle, Dave Henderson and Mike Curto, most of whom had strong connections to Niehaus.

“We had a transitional period of time,and after two years we think it’s now time to give Rick Rizzs a full-time partner in the radio booth,” Adamack said. “We’re hearing from a lot of potential interested candidates.

“Based on the input I received from fans and people in the world of radio and TV, we feel it was a good idea and served its purpose. Now it is time to move forward.”

Adamack added that there is “a group of people internally who will work on it together.” Rizzs, who will be in his 28th season with the Mariners broadcast team in 2013, is expected to be part of the process.

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