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Sports Ticket: Ryan Lefevre Interview

Sports Ticket: Ryan Lefevre Interview

Ryan Lefebvre begins his 16th season as a Royals broadcaster and his 20th season in the Majors. Lefebvre will work 95 regular-season games in the television booth in 2014, joining partner Rex Hudler on FOX Sports Kansas City. Lefebvre will also work on the Royals Radio Network when he is not in the television booth.

Before joining the Royals for the 1999 season, he spent four seasons as a broadcaster for the Minnesota Twins. He was hired by Minnesota at the age of 24, one year after graduating from college. He worked both television and radio for the Twins and broadcast University of Minnesota football, hockey and volleyball.

The Los Angeles native graduated from Loyola High School in 1989 and began his broadcasting career as a freshman at the University of Minnesota at KUOM radio. He graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1994 where he was a three-time All-Big Ten selection in baseball and established school records for hits, triples and at-bats. He was selected in the 27th round of the 1993 June Free Agent Draft by the Cleveland Indians. Lefebvre is the son of former big league player and manager Jim Lefebvre. Actively involved in a number of Kansas City community activities, he is the founder of Gloves For Kids and the Footprints Foundation, which raises money for youth programs in Kansas and Missouri. In 2011, Lefebvre was the recipient of the John J. “Buck” O’Neil MVP Award for his commitment to youth in Kansas City. He was also named the 2006 Boys & Girls Club of Greater Kansas City Role Model of the Year.

Lefebvre and his wife, Sarah, have three sons: Micah, Evan and Lucas, and reside in Lake Winnebago, Mo.

About Derek Nester

Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. 6 radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production assistant for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on 69 radio stations across 9 Midwest states.