NBC Sports California has named Jenny Cavnar as lead play-by-play anchor for its live coverage of Oakland Athletics games, it was announced Tuesday.
The 20-year media veteran, who has 17 years of experience covering baseball, becomes the first female lead play-by-play voice in Major League Baseball history. She will call the majority of A’s plays.
For the past 12 years, Cavnar has served as a fill-in play-by-play announcer, pre-game and post-game announcer and reporter for regional television coverage of the Colorado Rockies. During her tenure covering the Rockies, she became the first woman in a quarter century to call a televised play-by-play for an MLB game in 2018, and in 2015, she was the first woman to provide an analysis for a National League radio series. . She previously covered the San Diego Padres for nearly five years as a reporter and anchor.
“Jenny is a very talented anchor with significant baseball experience,” said Matt Murphy, president and general manager of NBC Sports California and NBC Sports Bay Area. “She has been a groundbreaking professional who has earned the admiration of fans and peers throughout her career. We are very excited to have her join our great team and lead our A’s coverage starting this season.
Cavnar is also a regular contributor to MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM throughout the regular season and postseason. She also calls men’s and women’s college basketball on the FS1 and Pac 12 networks. A five-time Emmy Award winner, Cavnar became the first woman to be named Colorado Sportscaster of the Year by National Sports Media Association (NSMA) in 2021.
“It’s a dream come true to join the broadcast team of the Oakland A’s and their rich baseball history,” Cavnar said. “Growing up as the daughter of a baseball coach, I have loved the game from a young age and the stories, history and relationships it offers. I’m excited to begin my 18th season as a major league broadcaster with my good friend, Dallas Braden, and to share our experiences with the Athletics’ loyal fans as we continue this journey together.
Cavnar has covered several other teams and sports as a reporter, anchor and host. She was a broadcaster for the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, co-hosted an Olympics show and spent nearly five years as a sideline reporter and contributor to the show covering University of San Diego State.
A graduate of Colorado State University, where she was a member of the lacrosse team, Cavnar began her media career as an intern for Denver’s KUSA/NBC 9 and as a sports reporter for a radio station in Fort Collins, Colorado. She later held positions in sports media and lacrosse, including serving as an assistant coach at UCLA for two seasons.
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