Entering his 19th season with the Athletics organization, Ken Pries was promoted to his current position of vice president, broadcasting and communications in March of 2000 after serving as the team's senior director for broadcasting and communications for the previous three years.
Pries oversees all of the A's television and radio matters, in addition to the club's community relations, public relations and Diamond Vision departments. Pries is responsible for negotiating all of the team's broadcast agreements, which include the A's Radio Network, and television partnership with Comcast SportsNet California. The A's will televise over 140 games this year which are the most ever. In addition, more than 75 games will be televised High Def by Comcast SportsNet California.
Last season, the A's Community Fund distributed approximately $600,000 to various projects and made donations to over 1,500 various charities throughout Northern California. The annual A's Community Fund Golf Tournament, held at the Castlewood Country Club in Pleasanton, raised more than $130,000 and the Ninth Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Day raised over $100,000 for the American Cancer Society and the Northern California Cancer Center. The A's Ninth Annual MUG Root Beer Float Day raised over $30,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The Third Annual Dinner on the Diamond, featuring A's players and staff, raised more than $100,000 for the A's Community Fund and the Painted Turtle.
Prior to joining the A's organization in 1991, Pries worked seven years with KSFO radio, where he was an executive producer for A's broadcasts, as well as Stanford football and men's basketball broadcasts. Before his KSFO stint, Pries served as a sports coordinator at KNBR radio from 1979-84, where he worked on the station's broadcasts of San Francisco Giants baseball games, along with University of San Francisco and Golden State Warrior basketball games.
A native of Alameda, Calif., Pries attended San Francisco State University, where he majored in broadcast communicational arts. He resides in San Ramon, Calif., with his wife and their two children.
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