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Updated: October 2, 2023 / 2023 NextUp: 40 Under 40 Honorees

40 Under 40: Baseball broadcaster Emma Tiedemann has Major League ambitions

Provided Photo Emma Tiedemann is the play-by-play announcer for broadcasts of the Portland Sea Dogs.
Emma Tiedemann, 30 
Director of broadcasting and play-by-play voice, Portland Sea Dogs Find profiles of all the 40 Under 40 honorees here.
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Significant professional accomplishment: Joining Joe Castiglione and Sean McDonough for an inning on [Boston radio station] WEEI during my first visit to Fenway. The view from the booth was everything I had dreamed it would be, and I can’t wait to get there full-time eventually.

Audacious goal: To be the radio “voice” of a Major League Baseball team one day.

Passion project: My passion project these days is helping the next generation of broadcasters get the experience of what it’s like in a broadcast booth. This season we started the Kids Takeover the Broadcast promotion, which allowed kids from Maine and New Hampshire to interview players and then broadcast an inning of play-by-play with myself. It was so fun to see their eyes light up with excitement that I will be continuing this program for years to come.”

Favorite quote: “It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.” — Babe Ruth

Influential book: “The Broadcasters,” by Red Barber. It paints a wonderful history of baseball and broadcasting while providing lessons and strategies that I still use on the broadcast every night.

Favorite series: “30 Rock.” Tina Fey is the literal best, and the humor is exceptional as well as the rest of the cast. The dysfunction of their workplace sometimes reminds me what it’s like working in Minor League Baseball (in a good way).

How do you recharge: I will head out to a beach for a few hours with a good book. If the weather isn’t ideal for that, then I will hang out with my husband and dog at a brewery or around the house. My husband is an excellent cook, so I will happily spend time in the kitchen with him while he attempts new recipes.

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