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UND ATHLETICS: Alex Heinert to replace Dan Hammer calling UND games

When Dan Hammer accepted a job with KFGO Radio in Fargo last winter, Midco Sports Network asked Alex Heinert to drive up from Sioux Falls, S.D., and help call some games.

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A view from the Midco Sports Network booth in the Ralph Engelstad Arena. Grand Forks Herald photo by Brad Elliott Schlossman

When Dan Hammer accepted a job with KFGO Radio in Fargo last winter, Midco Sports Network asked Alex Heinert to drive up from Sioux Falls, S.D., and help call some games. He will now be moving to Grand Forks and doing it full-time. Midco Sports Network announced Monday that Heinert will be its play-by-play voice for UND sports this season. Heinert has been working out of the network’s South Dakota studios since 2012. Midco typically broadcasts all UND men’s hockey and football home games, while doing a number of men’s and women’s basketball, women’s hockey and volleyball games, too. “It’s the best broadcasting job in the Dakotas,” Heinert said. “To cover UND athletics for hockey, football, men’s and women’s basketball. . . it’s really unique. There are not many jobs like that in this area.”
Heinert, who grew up near White River, S.D., will move to Grand Forks this summer. He said his stint covering UND athletics last year made him eager to apply for the job this summer. “I got to know the university a little better,” he said. “There are just great people who are really passionate about sports. I had a sense that I could really see myself enjoying this position. It was a no-brainer to apply. I just had to wait and see what the network and university wanted to do.” UND’s five year, $1 million contract with Midco ends after next season, though all signs point toward both parties trying to extend it further into the future. Heinert said his experience in calling hockey play-by-play is limited, but he did serve as the public-address announcer for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League for four years. “I’m excited to grow in that role leading up to October,” he said. “Knowing it is such a passionate fan base, expectations are going to be there. It might be tough to win some people over, but I’m going to work extremely hard to perfect that craft. There might be a little learning curve, but I’m going to know the game, the players, the coaching staff. It will just be a matter of finding that comfort level.” When Dan Hammer accepted a job with KFGO Radio in Fargo last winter, Midco Sports Network asked Alex Heinert to drive up from Sioux Falls, S.D., and help call some games.He will now be moving to Grand Forks and doing it full-time.Midco Sports Network announced Monday that Heinert will be its play-by-play voice for UND sports this season. Heinert has been working out of the network’s South Dakota studios since 2012.Midco typically broadcasts all UND men’s hockey and football home games, while doing a number of men’s and women’s basketball, women’s hockey and volleyball games, too.“It’s the best broadcasting job in the Dakotas,” Heinert said. “To cover UND athletics for hockey, football, men’s and women’s basketball. . . it’s really unique. There are not many jobs like that in this area.”
Heinert, who grew up near White River, S.D., will move to Grand Forks this summer. He said his stint covering UND athletics last year made him eager to apply for the job this summer.“I got to know the university a little better,” he said. “There are just great people who are really passionate about sports. I had a sense that I could really see myself enjoying this position. It was a no-brainer to apply. I just had to wait and see what the network and university wanted to do.”UND’s five year, $1 million contract with Midco ends after next season, though all signs point toward both parties trying to extend it further into the future.Heinert said his experience in calling hockey play-by-play is limited, but he did serve as the public-address announcer for the Sioux Falls Stampede of the United States Hockey League for four years.“I’m excited to grow in that role leading up to October,” he said. “Knowing it is such a passionate fan base, expectations are going to be there. It might be tough to win some people over, but I’m going to work extremely hard to perfect that craft. There might be a little learning curve, but I’m going to know the game, the players, the coaching staff. It will just be a matter of finding that comfort level.”

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at bschlossman@gfherald.com.
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