The 2015 season will be “The Voice of the Skeeters” a dozen seasons in baseball and his fourth with the Sugar Land Skeeters. Ira has been with the team since the inaugural season and is not only the Skeeters Radio Broadcaster including ESPN, but he is also the teams Senior Sales and Broadcasting Manager. Before joining Sugar Land he came from another Texas team, the San Angelo Colts, where he was the “Voice of the Colts” and the longest tenured broadcaster in their history. He was the Director of Broadcasting, Media and Community Relations with San Angelo and was named the United League 2010 “Broadcaster-of-the-Year” and was also an integral part in San Angelo winning the “Franchise-of-the-Year” award that season as well.
In 2009 Liebman worked for Major League Baseball, having the privilege of working for Team Australia, as their Media Liaison Officer in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. Before that however from 2007-08, Ira made the rare jump from Independent ball to Triple-A, to work for the Rockies top affiliate, the Colorado Springs Sky Sox, as the Director of Community Relations and Marketing. Ira was the “Face of the Sky Sox” representing the team in the Colorado Springs community and was also the Sky Sox On-Field Host and Radio Broadcaster, during his time there.
He received his first big break in 2005, when he became the “Voice of the Oaks”, working as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Visalia Oaks, the Advanced-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the California League. Ira’s first pro gig however was serving as a play-by-play and color analyst for the Lynchburg Hillcats, the Pittsburgh Pirates Advanced-A affiliate in the Carolina League in 2004.
Growing up on Long Island, New York, as life-long Yankees fan, baseball began shaping his future. After attending the State University of New York at Delhi and Radford University in Virginia, he spent time in marketing, promotions, sales, and management, but never lost sight of his love for baseball. Ira decided to pursue baseball when he received a scholarship to the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Ira then went on to work for the one of the premier sports talk stations in the nation, WFAN. After broadcasting four years of Division I baseball, as well as football and basketball for the State University of New York at Stony Brook, he joined the professional ranks.