In a move that wasn't overly surprising, but extremely logical, Bonneville Seattle, the parent company of the new 710 ESPN radio station, announced it has hired Shannon Drayer to be its Mariners beat reporter for the upcoming season and she will begin work for the fledgling sports-talk radio station on Feb. 2.
"Shannon Drayer is one the premier sports reporters in the Pacific Northwest," said Bonneville Seattle Program Director, Rod Arquette in a press release. "Her connections with the Mariners will provide 710 ESPN Seattle listeners with exclusive, insider information unavailable anywhere else on the radio."
Indeed, Shannon has been a fixture on Mariners broadcasts, covering the M's for the past five seasons for KOMO. Once KOMO lost the broadcast rights to the Mariners in the middle of last season, KOMO let Drayer go in mid-season to save costs.
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As someone who's worked side-by-side with Shannon, she was the best and most qualified candidate to handle the reporting duties. She's got vast knowledge of the organization as well as the necessary familiarity with players and executives.