RICK RIZZS, the Mariners primary voice on radio, is in his 32nd season with the broadcast team in 2017 after rejoining the team in 1995. Rick is the recipient of the 2017 Keith Jackson Award from the Seattle Sports Commission for excellence in communicating the sports stories of the state of Washington. Rick is a 1975 graduate of Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. From 1975-80, he handled baseball play-by-play duties at the double-A level for Alexandria, Amarillo and Memphis. He became the sports director at WBNS radio in Columbus, Ohio in 1981, where he called Ohio State football and triple-A baseball for two seasons. He was named the Ohio "Sportscaster of the Year" in 1981 by the Ohio Sportscasters Association. Rick was originally hired to broadcast Mariners games in 1983 and spent nine seasons with the club. In 2000, Rick was named the Chicago-area sportscaster of the year by the Chicago Pitch and Hit Club. He also spent three seasons calling the play-by-play with Bob Rathbun on radio for the Detroit Tigers from 1992-94. Throughout the year, Rick also heads Toys For Kids, a non-profit he co-founded in 1995. Toys for Kids directly serves over 8,000 homeless, hospitalized or disadvantaged children during the holidays. Rick resides in Issaquah, he has one son, Nick, and two grandsons, Jaxon and Braedon and one granddaughter, Ryan.
DAVE SIMS is in his 13th season with the Mariners broadcast team. He grew up in Philadelphia and attended Bethany College in West Virginia. Sims, who has play-by-play duties on Mariners television broadcasts, is familiar to sports fans for calling MLB and college basketball games on ESPN, as well as NCAA Basketball and NFL play-by-play on Westwood One/CBS Radio Sports. The two-time Emmy Award won the American Football Foundation's Outstanding Sportscaster Award in 2003 and the Big East Media Award in 2005. In 2018, he was named Washington Sportscaster of the Year by the National Sports Media Association. Sims began his career as a sportswriter for the New York Daily News prior to becoming a weekend sports anchor at WCBS-TV. In 1991, he joined ESPN as a play-by-play announcer for college basketball. In 2005, he did play-by-play for Westwood One/CBS Radio Sports' Sunday night NFL broadcast. He co-hosts "Basketball & Beyond with Coach K" for Sirius XM Satellite Radio with Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski, is a correspondent for MLB Network and calls Big East college basketball on FS1.
From 1998-2007, Sims and his wife Abby ran "AthletiSense," an athletes media coaching program that worked with football and basketball teams in the PAC-12, Big East, Big 12, Atlantic 10, and Mountain West. They have two sons, and one granddaughter.
MIKE BLOWERS, who enters his 11th season as the Mariners television analyst, is a long-time fan favorite who did three tours with the Mariners (1992-1995, 1997, 1999). Prior to joining the Mariners broadcast team in 2007, Blowers spent four years as the pre- and post-game analyst on KOMO 1000 News broadcasts of Mariners games. Blowers was a stand-out at Bethel High School in Spanaway, WA, and was a Pac-10 Triple Crown winner while with the University of Washington. During his 11-year MLB career, Blowers also played for the Yankees (1989-91), Dodgers (1996) and Athletics (1998). He played in the postseason with the Mariners in 1995 and 1997. During Seattle's memorable 1995 season, he set career highs in almost every statistical category, including 113 hits, 24 doubles, 23 homers and 96 RBI. He tied a Major League record with three grand slams in a single month in August of '95, when he hit .283 with nine homers and a club-record tying 33 RBI. Blowers received the first-ever "Unsung Hero" award from the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America in 1993. He was originally selected by the Montreal Expos in the 10th round of the 1986 June draft. After being traded to the Yankees on Aug. 29, 1989, Blowers made his Major League debut with the Yankees on Sept. 1 vs. California. He actually made his first ML start against the Mariners on Sept. 5, 1989. Blowers lives in Graham, with his wife Nicole and their four children.
AARON GOLDSMITH enters his fifth season with the Mariners broadcast team in 2017 after being hired on January 17, 2013. Goldsmith calls Mariners baseball on radio and TV, and will be actively involved in non-game related broadcasting, including the Mariners Hot Stove Show, Cactus League Report and Sunday Mariners Magazine. Aaron also broadcasts Major League Baseball and college basketball on FOX and FS1. A St. Louis, Mo., native, Aaron graduated from Principia College in Elsah, IL, with a BA in history. After college he attended the Broadcast Center in St. Louis, earning a certificate in Radio Broadcasting and Production. He spent the 2012 season as the lead announcer for the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox, calling all 144 PawSox games on the club's 14-station network, as well as handling 10 telecasts. Aaron was the co-host of the weekly PawSox Insider radio show, and was the author of the highly-regarded MLB.com blog, 45 Miles from Fenway. Prior to joining Pawtucket, Goldsmith spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons as the radio broadcaster for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. He also served as the team's Manager of Broadcasting/Media Development. In 2009, Aaron was the broadcaster/studio host for the Portland Sea Dogs, the Red Sox AA affiliate in the Eastern League. Goldsmith began his broadcast career in 2007 with the Gateway Grizzlies in the independent Frontier League, and called the Bourne Braves games in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2008. Aaron lives in Kirkland with his wife Heather, son Jackson and daughter Hadley. Follow Aaron Goldsmith on Twitter >>
Gary Hill Jr.
GARY HILL JR. enters his second season as the Executive Producer/Engineer for all Mariners radio broadcasts in 2019. The Tacoma native joins the club full-time after spending the past 8 seasons in a variety of roles with the Mariners Radio Network.
Since 2010, Gary has hosted Mariners pre- and post-game shows, filled in on play-by-play duties, hosted the Mariners official daily podcast and contributed to the Sunday Mariners Magazine. In his new role, he will continue to have an on-air presence as a member of the Mariners broadcast team. After graduating from Washington State University in 2000, Gary has been a fixture on local sports radio, covering baseball, basketball and football. He is also currently the voice of University of Washington women's basketball. Gary resides in Burien, Wash., with his wife, Mary, son, Baker and daughter, Finley.
JIM ARMINTROUT is in his third full season with Mariners television in 2019. He serves as the director for telecasts on ROOT SPORTS™ Northwest.
Born and raised in Edmonds, Wash., Jim has been working in the television industry for more than 30 years, including the last 25 years as a producer or director with MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL clubs. He directed Mariners telecasts for NHK (Japan) from 2001-2003, and since 2013 has directed a partial schedule of Mariners telecasts. Most recently, he has directed Colorado Rockies telecasts on ROOT SPORTS™ Rocky Mountain and Los Angeles Lakers telecasts on Spectrum SportsNet. He resides in West Seattle with his wife Guadalupe. They have two daughters, Alea and Kiera.
ALEX RIVERA is in his 10th season as Spanish play-by-play voice of the Mariners broadcast team in 2016. The former Latin and Reggae musician, brings flavor and soul to the Mariners Spanish Broadcast Team. Since making the cross-country move, the New York native has built up a wealth of experience in the Seattle area. On top of collaborating on previous Spanish broadcasts with the Mariners, Alex has also worked for Spanish publications El Mundo and La Voz as well as Radio Sol during his career in print and on the airwaves. Alex lives in Edmonds with his wife Cindy and daughters, Gloria and Alexis.