CHARLESTON, W.Va. — He’s been the radio voice of the West Virginia Power for the past eight years, but Adam Marco is moving on. Marco this week will be introduced as the new voice of the Scranton-Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders, a Class AAA affiliate of the New York Yankees.
“Scranton in the last few years has seen some of the best the Yankees have to offer,” Marco explained. “Luis Severino, Gary Sanchez, and Aaron Judge all spent time playing for Scranton.”
It’s a step up for Marco after cutting his broadcasting teeth on the Class A West Virginia Power. However, for Marco it was a memorable experience.
“I’ve done over 800 power games in the last eight years,” said Marco. “One that stands out is we had a seven inning no-hitter, that we lost.”
He’s seen some good players during those eight years pass through Charleston.
“Maybe the best player was Gregory Polanco back in 2012,” he explained. “Nobody really knew what he was coming into the year, but he became a star for us and really put himself on the Pirates’ radar back in 2012.”
During his time with the Power, Marco also split his duties between the broadcast booth and the corporate office of the Power. He worked as the head of marketing and sales for the Power during those years. He’ll take on similar duties in Scranton.
Only the second radio voice of the West Virginia Power, Marco replaced Andy Barch back in 2010. He promised the team he would stay at least three years, his wife they would stay five. Then life happened and he finally found the right opportunity to advance his career.
“It has been a phenomenal run,” Marco said. “I’m excited for this next step, but it’s honestly bittersweet. Charleston has been our home for ten years since I started doing traffic reports back in 2007 on 580.”
The Charleston to Scranton move isn’t without precedent, Marco said. In 1983, the Charleston Charlies left for the state of Maine where they stayed for a couple of years before moving to Scranton-Wilkes-Barre where they are now Marco’s new employer.
“I find it a little ironic and funny that the team I’m going to has lineage pretty much the same as I do to Charleston, West Virginia,” Marco said, laughing.