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In the Wake of Warner Fusselle’s Death, Brooklyn Cyclones Find New Radio Home

Since the first pitch of Brooklyn Cyclones baseball in 2001, there was the melodic sound of play-by-play announcer Warner Fusselle, who died suddenly last week.

The single A affiliate of the New York Mets has also only had one broadcast home since its debut, Kingsborough Community College’s WKRB.

Several factors, though, have led the Cyclones to make a move on the dial to Seton Hall University’s WSOU/89.5 FM, as confirmed to FishbowlNY by a Cyclones spokesperson.

WKRB is renovating its Manhattan Beach studios, meaning no signal for part of the season, which begins Monday against the Staten Island Yankees. Even without the remodeling, Kingsborough typically has a tiny coverage area.

Plus, the Cyclones do not have to worry about hiring a successor for Fusselle, as Seton Hall brings its own people on board.

David Rind, Vincent Coughlin and Chris Paizis, will call Cyclones games. The Daily News reports the trio has been in the broadcast booth for Seton Hall baseball games.

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Warner Fusselle, Brooklyn Cyclones, Veteran Baseball Announcer, Dies at 68

Courtesy: brooklyncyclones.com

Longtime sportscaster Warner Fusselle died last night of an apparent heart attack. He was 68.

Taking a page from his idols Red Barber and Ernie Harwell, Fusselle was another southerner to call baseball games in Brooklyn when the Mets single A affiliate debuted in 2001. He was scheduled to be at the mic for a 12th straight Opening Day next week.

“We were fortunate to have the best radio announcer in the sport working for us,” Cyclones GM Steve Cohen tells FishbowlNY. “He lived and breathed Cyclones baseball.”

He only missed a handful of games from the “Catbird Seat,” a phrase borrowed from Barber.

And it was the “Ol’ Redhead, as Fusselle told The Brooklyn Paper in 2004, that made him want to follow in those legendary footsteps.

“Red told me all these stories about broadcasting in Brooklyn, and when I heard about baseball coming back to Brooklyn, I wanted to see what it would be like to broadcast in Brooklyn, and so I applied for the job.”

“I think we were just fortunate to get Warner between gigs,” Cohen says. “I always thought he should be doing radio at the major league level.”

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