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New Chiefs Announcer Assumes Legendary Seat

Video Transcript: Eric Gallanty Chiefs Script

By Zach Staton SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Most fans of a sports team know the legends on the field. For fans of the Syracuse Chiefs, the legends extend off the field and into the press box.

For Eric Gallanty, the current voice of the minor league club, he gets a daily reminder of the organizations broadcasting history when he gets ready to go on the air.

“The first time you walk up here and you walk and see all the pictures on the wall behind our booth,” Eric Gallanty said in reference to a group of photos of previous play-by-play announcers. “Some of the people who are there, you certainly get a pretty quick lesson.”

Gallanty hopes his portrait will join the wall, which features names such as former Monday Night Football and current ESPN announcer Sean McDonough, Chicago White Sox announcer Jason Benetti, and ESPN Sunday Night Baseball voice Matt Vasgersian.

“There have been some great people that have sat in this chair,” Gallanty said.

A Syracuse University alum, he was involved in various collegiate sports broadcasts leading to his recognition as the 2015 Jim Nantz Award winner as the nations’ best college sportscaster. That same year he started with the Chiefs as the assistant director of media relations alongside Kevin Brown. Gallanty would call the middle innings of games while Brown opened the game up and finished it off behind the mic.

“The best part about the minor (leagues) is that you have 142 chances to get better,” Gallanty said.

Those chances increased when Brown left the Chiefs for a play-by-play job at ESPN last summer, and Gallanty was named his successor. While he says he never felt pressure stepping into the team’s main broadcasting role, he knew there was a certain level he wanted to reach.

“They’re their own people, and you just have to do it your way and do the best job you can, Gallanty said. “But I think there’s something to that of being the guy following (Benetti and Brown), especially who I respect as much as anyone in the world.”

Gallanty and Brown still keep in touch. On opening day, Gallanty got a call from Brown with one simple message from his predecessor.

“There’s so many things you have to grind through in the minor leagues,” Gallanty recalls Brown telling him. “But at the end of the day, you just have to enjoy it.”