Hear MLB Network Radio’s ‘Fan Call of the Year’ finalists face off to win the grand prize

Find out who will win the ‘Fan Call of the Year’ sports broadcasting contest when it airs on MLB Network Radio (Ch. 89 on XM/Ch. 209 on Sirius).

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SiriusXM Editor
November 20, 2020

In search of America’s best up-and-coming sports broadcasting talent, SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio (Ch. 89 on XM/Ch. 209 on Sirius) wrapped up the final installment of its three-part series of Fan Call of the Month contests in October — and now we’re down to three finalists who will compete for the ultimate Fan Call of the Year title live on MLB Network Radio on Monday, November 23 at 9am ET (see profiles of the finalists below).

This round, participants will be tasked with calling the same half-inning of MLB action from Game 6 of the 2020 World Series, which will remain a mystery to each of them until roughly five minutes before their turn is slated to begin.

At the conclusion of each contestant’s live play-by-play, judges and MLB Network Radio hosts Casey Stern, Mike Ferrin, and CJ Nitkowski will critique the performances based on accuracy, level of baseball knowledge exemplified, passion shown throughout the call, and level of creativity before determining a winner.

The winning competitor will take home a grand prize that includes a trip for two (2), including round trip airfare, hotel accommodations, two tickets to the 2021 MLB All-Star Game®, AND the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to call a half-inning of the 2021 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game™, plus one additional year of free SiriusXM along with an Echo Dot!

Read profiles of the finalists below, and listen to the best moments from the August, September, and October Fan Call of the Month contests on the SiriusXM app here.

Sam Jellinek

Hometown: Doylestown, PA

Favorite MLB Team: Philadelphia Phillies

Fun Facts: August’s Fan Call of the Month winner, Jellinek, graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and currently broadcasting for the Bradenton Marauders and Colgate Women’s Hockey.

Twitter handle: @SamJellinek

Joe Vasile

Hometown: Paramus, NJ

Favorite MLB Team: New York Mets

Fun Facts: Along with being the September Fan Call of the Month winner, Vasile graduated from the College of New Jersey with a degree in Communication Studies and is currently broadcasting for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Rail Riders and the Bucknell University women’s basketball team.

Twitter handle: @JoeVasilePBP

Instagram handle: @joevasile

Jake Eisenberg

Hometown: Port Washington, NY

Favorite MLB Team: New York Mets

Fun Facts: Eisenberg, who won the Fan Call of the Month contest in October, will be the play-by-play broadcaster for the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, next year. He’s previously worked in Minor League Baseball for the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Winston-Salem Dash, and Brooklyn Cyclones. He is is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland.

Twitter handle: @JakeEisenberg_

Instagram handle: @JakeEisenberg_