Gaston College alum becomes the voice of Rhinos baseball team at Sims Park

In kindergarten, children are asked what they want to be when they grow up and typically kids say they dream of becoming a doctor, astronaut, or President of the United States. While Seth Eaves’ classmates had hopes of saving lives or making history, Seth had his eyes set on a different path. Seth dreamed that one day he would be holding a microphone on TV and talking about his favorite thing – sports.  

Over the years that dream never faded, and to reach his goals Seth enrolled at Gaston College to study Broadcasting and Production Technology. Things have come full circle for Seth as he is now the voice of the Gaston College Rhinos Baseball team as the Public Address Announcer at the newly renovated Sims Legion Park in Gastonia, where the team plays its home games.  
“The team has had an incredible first season so far. They hit the ball well and seem like a very well-rounded group,” said Seth. “I’m hoping they can build on this momentum for the rest of the season.”  

Seth hit the ground running to cover as many local sports teams as possible after graduating from Gaston College in 2015. To get his feet wet, he covered high school sports while working for a local radio station that covered Gaston, Lincoln, and Cleveland counties. From there he went on to work for Limestone University and still serves as their Public Address Announcer. At Limestone, Seth has had the opportunity to give play-by-play and color commentary for the basketball, baseball, softball, lacrosse, field hockey, and soccer teams. An avid sports fan who cannot seem to get enough, Seth also works in his spare time for a radio station in Rock Hill, S.C., to cover games during the high school football season.  

This new job with the Rhinos certainly is not Seth’s first time living out his dreams, but he says it has been his biggest challenge to date. He credits Gaston College and his instructors in the Broadcasting and Production Technology program for helping him get to this point in his career. He says Kate Carmody, instructor and program coordinator, taught him everything he knows about broadcast production and what goes on behind the scenes.  

“I was a little bit nervous because, although I’ve done this before, when it’s your alma mater it hits a little bit different,” said Seth. “You have your teachers there that vouch for you and people welcome you back home and that can put pressure on you, but I just go out there and make my announcements.” With dreams of being in front of the camera one day, Seth says his time at Gaston College opened his eyes to a new side of the business that he now enjoys.   

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