Potesta has been in baseball broadcasting for 12 years and told the Altoona Mirror he is a longtime Pirates fan.

His new broadcasting companion, Zangrilli, was heard on State College Spikes baseball broadcasts for the last two years and also worked as a sports anchor for KDKA (1020).

The 23-year-old Clarion University graduate has also called WPIAL basketball and football games on the MSA Sports Network. Zangrilli will also serve as director of communications for the Curve.

Potesta and Zangrilli replace longtime Curve broadcaster and PR man Jason Dambach, who has left to join the Greenberg Sports Group, a consulting firm recently created by the former owners of the Curve.

Dambach, who worked alongside Paul Steigerwald on Curve games from 2005 to 2007, was considered a top prospect to replace Lanny Frattare when the Pirates’ play-by-play man retired after last season, according to a report at the Minor League Baseball website.

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A southern broadcaster comes north this year to work Altoona Curve baseball broadcasts.

The Eastern League Double-A Pirates farm club last month tapped Ron Potesta and Dan Zangrilli as its play-by-play team.

Potesta, 44, is a native of the Youngstown area who spent the past six years as director of broadcasting for the Diamond Jaxx, a Seattle Mariners farm club in Jackson, Tenn.

In related news, Curve games will move to Forever Broadcasting’s WVAM (1430) this season. The sports-talker replaces Vernal Broadcasting’s WHPA-FM (93.5) as the Curve’s flagship station after three seasons.