Longtime St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon has signed a contract extension, the St. Louis Cardinals announced today.
Oct 3, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Cardinals broadcaster Mike Shannon throws out a ceremonial first pitch before game one of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Busch Stadium. St. Louis defeated Pittsburgh 9-1. Image Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Shannon’s contract extension was for several more years so there’s no need to worry about him leaving the broadcast booth anytime soon. It’s possible that he may continue to cut back on road trips but his presence will most definitely be there during the club’s home games.
“Mike’s voice has become the soundtrack to St. Louis baseball,” said Cardinals President Bill DeWitt III. “We look forward to having him back in the booth this season and for years to come.”
According to a release from the team, Shannon and Rooney will team up for a majority of all the games on KMOX and the 125 affiliates of the Cardinals Radio Network with the exception of about 50 roadgames. When Shannon is not on the air, Rick Horton or Al Hrabosky will slide over from the television broadcast booth.
“Mike truly is the Voice of the St. Louis Cardinals,” said John Sheehan, Senior Vice President-Market Manager, CBS Radio St. Louis. “We are very fortunate to have him leading this very talented broadcast team on America’s Sports Voice.”
The broadcaster will continue to be involved with pre-game and post-game shows, call-ins to KMOX in the morning, and host “Live at Shannon’s” show at Mike Shannon’s Steak and Seafood after every Tuesday and Friday home game starting on Friday, April 11.
This is the 56th year for Shannon with the Cardinals and his 42nd year in the booth and starting as a partner to the great Jack Buck. As a player, Shannon was a part of the 1964 and 1967 championship teams and the 1968 NL champions.