New Voice of the Catfish
Darren Burgfeld: You may or may not know him already, but if you’re a Catfish fan and you come to games this summer, well you will certainly get to hear him! The Cape Catfish have found their “voice” so to speak, when it comes to being in charge of games from start to finish on the PA this summer.
“I grew up in Jackson, but I’ve made Downtown Cape my home for the last 20 years. After a colorful list of really cool jobs over the years, I’ve settled back into radio as the morning show host on Real Rock 99.3 and midday host on 93.9 Mike FM since the fall of 2019,” said Burgfeld. “Radio was one of my first passions starting back in high school, where i got my start.”
The Catfish have made many changes this offseason from the front office, to the coaching staff and to many behind the scenes things that will be unveiled as the season gets closer. Finding someone for the PA position who could really bring energy and excitement night in and night out was important to the Catfish’s new president.
“Iceburg filled in a few times as the PA announcer last season, that’s where I met him as I was doing play by play for the Catfish,” said current Catfish president Glenn Campbell. “He’s full of energy and that’s exactly what we need as our voice during the games.” The Catfish front office team was set up at the When Pigs Fly event earlier this year and Burgfeld was the emcee, that’s when Campbell first thought he had found his man. “I heard him and loved his energy and ability to think on his feet so I approached him about it,” said Campbell. “I reached out a month or so ago, we met and discussed it and he said yes!”
Burgfeld has more than one love. He’s a musician, gamer, digital geek and a farm kid. Music and working in radio has taken him to some cool places and given him a lot of opportunities, being the voice of the Catfish is just another notch in his belt. “I am excited about being the voice of the Cape Catfish, especially as we enter this new era of Prospect League baseball,” said Burgfeld. “After filling in as PA announcer for a few games over the last couple of years for Catfish and Redhawks baseball, it’s become one of my favorite things to do. It’s hard to not get excited with a team like this, and the early successes of the franchise have hooked a lot of us with Catfish Fever!”
“He has done a few of our Catfish games and I’ve heard him on the radio,” said Catfish GM, Mark Hogan. “Our fans are going to love hearing this guy every single night.”
Burgfeld is married and has two kids that keep him busy when he’s not on the radio or filling in behind the mic at games. “I’m blessed to be married to a wonderful lady, Carrie,” said Burgfeld. “We have two awesome, talented children, Layla and Lawson. “We love taking in Cardinals and Blues games when we can as they are our two favorite teams.” Now, his family will have to add the Catfish to that list as their husband/father runs the show for the Catfish where he’s most comfortable, behind a mic.
The Catfish will kick off the 2023 campaign at O’Fallon May 31st, then another road game in Jackson, Tennessee on June 2nd before coming back to Capaha Field for their home opener Saturday night June 3rd. Single game tickets will go on sale starting next week as well as season tickets and group tickets on line at capecatfish.com or calling the Catfish office. Look for the Catfish promotional calendar to be released soon as well.
Voice of the Cape Catfish