Steve Physioc retires, Jake Eisenberg joins Royals broadcast team Kansas City News

A longtime voice of the Kansas City Royals will disappear next season, replaced by a voice that will be familiar to fans who have watched Omaha Storm Chasers games in recent years.

The Royals announced Thursday that Jake Eisenberg will join the Royals broadcast team for the 2023 season. He will primarily be heard on Royals Radio Network with Denny Matthews and Steve Stewart and will also call play-by-play on Bally Sports Kansas City for select games when Ryan Lefebvre is on the radio.

Eisenberg takes on the role of Steve Physioc, who is retiring after a broadcast career spanning more than 40 years.

“We’re excited to welcome Jake to our broadcast team and to help share the history of the Royals,” said Brooks Sherman, Royals senior vice president/COO. “Our amazing fans will appreciate his passion for the game and his knowledge of our players. We are grateful for Phiz’s invaluable work with us over the past eleven seasons and congratulate him on a magnificent career spanning six decades.”

Physioc, 67, whose major league broadcasting career began with the Cincinnati Reds in 1983, has broadcast Royals games on radio and television for the past 11 seasons. He previously worked for the Los Angeles Angels for 14 seasons from 1996 to 2009 on both television and radio. A graduate of Kansas State University, Physioc was the voice of football and basketball for the Wildcats from 1979 to 1983. During his six-decade career as a broadcast host, he has also called games for the Cincinnati Bengals, San Francisco Giants, San Diego Padres, Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies, Fresno State and Stanford University.

“We thank Phiz for his contributions over the past 11 seasons and congratulate him on a great career at the national and regional levels. We’re excited to welcome Jake to the Royals broadcast team,” said Bally Sports Kansas City General Manager and Senior Vice President Jack Donovan.

Eisenberg, 27, was previously a play-by-play broadcaster with the Storm Chasers, Kansas City’s Triple-A affiliate, from 2020-22. He also has two Royals games scheduled for the 2022 season, including Bobby Witt Jr.’s first home run of his career and MJ Melendez’s major league debut. He also worked about 40 games for the Mets at WCBS 880 in New York.

The 2022 season was his fifth season of airing minor league baseball (excluding the 2020 season), including stints at Double-A Richmond (Giants) in 2019, High-A Winston-Salem (White Sox) in in 2018 and short-season Brooklyn (Mets) in 2017. He was also part of the radio team for the 2019 Eastern League All-Star Game.

“It’s an honor to be part of the broadcast team that tells the stories of this exciting new era of Royals baseball while sitting next to and learning from a Hall of Famer at Denny Matthews,” Eisenberg said. “Being in Omaha the past few seasons has been a great lesson in how special this organization is and how bright the future of this team is. I am excited and grateful for this opportunity and look forward to serving Royals fans in Kansas City and beyond.”

In addition to his minor league baseball work, Eisenberg has conducted play-by-play for the Big East Digital Network and Creighton Athletics, and called various events on ESPN+ and ACC Network Extra. He also worked as a collegiate football and basketball studio host at Learfield IMG College in Winston-Salem, NC

A native of Port Washington, New York, Eisenberg began his broadcasting career at the University of Maryland, where he hosted a variety of Maryland events for Big Ten Network+ and WMUC Sports – the student radio station – until his graduation in May 2017. He helped out in 2015 Creation of the Maryland Baseball Network, a multi-platform home for Maryland Baseball that provides radio broadcasts of every game. His broadcast experience also includes a season as a broadcaster for the Cape Cod League’s Chatham Anglers in 2016.

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