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Brett Myhres named new PA voice

Racine Raiders public address announcer and music coordinator Brett MyhresBrett Myhres will be the new public address announcer and music coordinator for the Racine Raiders this season. Myhres brings 18 years of experience to the Historic Horlick Athletic Field microphone.

Myhres is a native of Rockford, Illinois, where he still resides, making it a long haul on game days. It was the lure of the history of the Raiders that made the decision an easy one for Myhres.

“If I had to pick one semi-pro team, it would be the legendary one,” said Myhres.

Myhres serves as the public address announcer and fill-in broadcast commentator for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women’s Soccer League. He’s also announced for the Rockford Aviators of the independent Frontier League of baseball, the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, DePaul University, a National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) division 1 program, Loyola University Chicago, a NCAA division 3 program, and Rock Valley College, who compete in the National Junior Collegiate Athletics Association.

Myhres has previous semi-pro football experience with the Rockford Lions and Forest City Gladiators. He got his start announcing as a freshman at Guilford High School in Rockford. He still announces a majority of the Vikings events.

“We’re ecstatic to have someone with Brett’s experience and passion announcing for the Raiders this year,” said Raiders broadcaster Don Wadewitz, who headed up the search. “When Brett contacted me and said, ‘Let’s make this happen,’ I literally jumped for joy.”

Racine Raiders sideline reporter Baxter ColburnThe Raiders had an opening for an announcer when Baxter Colburn moved from the announcing seat to the sidelines as part of the radio broadcast team.

“Baxter, and his father Kurt, did a tremendous job last year,” said Wadewitz. “However, Baxter’s passion is broadcasting and the Raiders are about providing opportunities for people to grow so it’s something that we just needed to do.”

Outside of announcing, Myhres is an avid Chicago sports fan, and never misses a Blackhawks game if he can help it. In what free time he has, he loves spending time with his dogs, watching as many sports as possible, and bragging about his niece and five nephews.

“I look forward to ‘making memories’ by making the Racine Raiders game day experience exciting and fun for the fans,” says Myhres. “I hope to meet a lot of the Raiders great fans at a game this season!”