Friday, August 02, 2019
Mills County Native, Nishna Valley Graduate Lane Grindle Embraces Major League Radio Job With Milwaukee Brewers
Lane Grindle has fond memories of his first experiences behind a microphone - serving as the public address announcer for peewee football games in Malvern, Iowa. It was a pretty prestigious gig for a junior high kid that had aspirations of becoming a sports broadcaster.
“I would do all kinds of weird stuff. I’d give away fake prizes to people in the stands – telling them to turn to page 85 in their game program to see if they had won a prize. Of course, there wasn’t even a game program,” Grindle recalled. “I think I was probably annoying a lot of people, but I was just kind of getting comfortable and having fun behind the microphone.”
Grindle didn’t realize it at the time, but being the P.A. guy at ‘Lil Panther football games in the mid 1990s and for sporting events at Nishna Valley School would serve as a humble beginning to a career in sports radio and eventually a job in major league baseball.