It’s Great to be Here…

Introduction:

Move over Sir Charles Barkley. Move over Sir Paul McCartney. Tommy the V has been “Knighted” — well, sort of.

Allow me to introduce myself — my name is Tommy Viola and I am the new Director of PR/Media Relations for the Charlotte Knights, the Triple-A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox.

I feel so privileged and honored to be able to join such a first-class organization like the Charlotte Knights. I’m excited to get started and can’t wait to make the most of this remarkable opportunity.

Background:

Let me begin with a little background about myself (I promise this blog will be more exciting in future posts). I spent the last two years with the Reading Phillies, the Double-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies as their Director of PR/Media Relations. Throughout my two years in Baseballtown, I handled all of the club’s media requests and helped establish some great relationships with the local and Philadelphia media. I handled the team’s official website and tweeted like a madman.

I initially got my start in the business in 2008 as a member of the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. It was there that I learned everything I needed to know in the PR/Media Relations field. It helped that I was able to learn from two of the best people in this profession — Matt Provence and Jon Schaeffer.

It was also in Lehigh Valley that I got my first taste of radio. I hosted the IronPigs pre-game and post-game shows on radio and enjoyed every minute of it. I loved being able to say “…on the IronPigs RAAAAAADDDIIOOOOOOOOOOO Network.”

Goals with “Knight Fever”:

I have always enjoyed blogging. My last blog “Philling You In” became one of the top MLB blogs. You can view it here: http://tommyviola.mlblogs.com/.

With this blog, my goal is to give fans of the Charlotte Knights and Chicago White Sox exclusive content. Here you will find alumni reports, featured stories, and much more.

I am very excited to begin this blog. Stay tuned for my first true entry on Thursday, January 19.

In the meantime — follow the Charlotte Knights on Twitter and you will have the chance to win prizes and much more!

You can also follow me on Twitter http://twitter.com/Tommy_the_V

Check out our Facebook page too and become a fan for some great content!

That’s all for now!

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