Menlo College Student Receives Oakland A’s Bill King Memorial Scholarship

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Young College Broadcaster Earns Prestigious Honor

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Menlo College student Brian Brownfield, a native of Salinas, Calif., has put his stamp on over 100 broadcasts for the Menlo College Sports Information Department. His hard work recently paid off, quite literally, when he was honored by the Oakland A’s as the recipient of the Bill King Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, given to one aspiring student-broadcaster, is a tribute to the legendary voice of the Oakland A’s Bill King, who is known for his exclamatory phrase “Holy Toledo.”

As a lifelong fan of the Oakland A’s and admirer of King’s work on the microphone, the honor could not have been more perfect, according to Brownfield. “Bill King was one of the best radio broadcasters of our time, so to be awarded with a scholarship in his name is pretty exciting. His professionalism, knowledge, and passion for bringing fans the action is something I always admired. Just to have my name in the same sentence as his is an honor and a blessing.”

“Brian’s commitment to the athletics department has been highly impactful,” noted Menlo College Sports Information Director Aaron Gillespie. “From day one, he has been passionate and driven about a career in broadcasting, and he has taken a professional approach to every call. He’s more than deserving of this scholarship and I couldn’t be more proud of his accomplishments.”

“The smile still cannot be wiped off my face when I think about the ceremony and meeting the broadcasters,” noted Brownfield. “A’s broadcasters Ken Korach, Ray Fosse, and Vince Cotroneo were all cordial and willing to give me advice or helpful hints to get my career launched, and I’ll be forever grateful for that opportunity.”

Along with the scholarship from the A’s Community Fund, Brownfield also has the potential of an internship in broadcasting. While the future looks bright for Brownfield, he was quick to note that none of this would have been possible if it weren’t for Menlo College. “The opportunity to work with Menlo Athletics and broadcast a variety of sports has given me such a valuable experience, and I’m truly grateful for the chance. Such an opportunity doesn’t come around every day. If it weren’t for Menlo, I wouldn’t be on this path.”

About Menlo College
Menlo College was established in 1927 in Atherton, California as a small, private school that focuses on business education with a strong liberal arts emphasis. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley midway between San Francisco and San Jose, Menlo has been named among the "Best Colleges in the West" by The Princeton Review seven years running and a U.S. News "Best Regional College" for the last five years.

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