While I’m sure there are many great candidates who could fill the vacancy in the Angels broadcast booth, the Halos already have the perfect replacement for Victor Rojas.
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His name is Trent Rush, and he is an Angels reporter and host of KLAA Radio.
Rush is a native of Southern California, where he grew up just minutes from Angels Stadium in Orange County. He vividly remembers the 2002 Angels World Series Championship season as he was ten years old at the time. Rush went to Orange Lutheran High School and started practicing play-by-play announcing as a sophomore when he realized that being a football player wasn’t for him.
"”I was the worst football player you have ever seen in your life,” Rush said with a smile. “I was the only linebacker who couldn’t tackle. So I knew broadcasting was something I had to get into if I wanted be involved in sports.”"
Upon graduating in 2010, Rush went to nearby Chapman University, where he continued to pursue his passion for broadcasting doing more play-by-play work. Rush was an intern at the ABC affiliate in Palm Springs, where he occasionally got the chance to do the nightly sports report.
In 2014 Rush got a huge break as the Angels flagship radio station 830 KLAA looked for someone to do morning updates. The program director Bob Agnew reached out to Rush’s professor and asked him if he had anyone who could fill the role. The rest, as they say, is history.
Trent Rush is the perfect candidate to replace Victor Rojas in the broadcast booth.
Rush was hired and has since moved up to the television side as an in-game reporter who puts together exciting features about different Angel players and coaches. Rush also handles the duties of post-game Angels Talk after every home game. He occasionally gets to fill in as a play-by-play announcer when someone is away.
Rush also announces all UCI Men’s Basketball games over the internet, and he also works for ESPN as a play-by-play announcer for Big West NCAA basketball.
"“It wasn’t a lot of pay starting out, but it was a way for me to get my foot in the door,” Rush said. “It has grown from from there and I feel very blessed. I love who I get to work with and I love what I’m doing every day and now here I am six years later.”"
I met Trent Rush in 2016 through a mutual friend with who he went to high school. I liked him right away.
His enthusiasm for the game, and his hometown team, the Angels, is shown through his work. Rush has a great rapport with everyone in the Angels organization, including Mike Trout and new manager Joe Maddon. Rush is excellent with his interaction with fans on the post-game Angel Talk show. He also does a podcast that is very popular called Angels Recap.
Rush calls it as he sees it but doesn’t sway too far as to be called a “homer”, Rush is objective but is still upbeat
He is a goodwill ambassador for the team and does a great job in whatever capacity the Angels and KLAA/FOX Sports decides to use him. Rush would be perfect for the role of lead play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports West. I think they and the Angels need to give Trent Rush a shot because I believe he is more than ready to step into this role.
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There are other candidates out there, but no who I think would do as good of job as Trent Rush.