The Mariners have teamed Rizzs with a revolving group of on-air partners following Dave Niehaus's death from a heart attack.

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For the past two years, Mariners fans never knew who would show up in the radio booth with veteran broadcaster Rick Rizzs. But two years after the death of Dave Niehaus, the Mariners are ready to hire a permanent partner to work with Rizzs.

Randy Adamack, the Mariners’ vice president of communications, said the club has begun the search process. While there is no firm timetable, they would like to have the new person in place by mid-January.

“If it takes longer, we’ll let it take longer,” he said.

The Mariners elected to pair Rizzs with a revolving group of partners following Niehaus’s death from a heart attack. The idea was to ease the burden of replacing a legend like Niehaus. Among those who worked with Rizzs over the past two seasons were Ken Wilson, Ken Levine, Ron Fairly, Dan Wilson, Jay Buhner, Dave Valle, Dave Henderson and Mike Curto, most of whom had strong connections to Niehaus.

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“We had a transitional period of time, and after two years we think it’s now time to give Rick Rizzs a full-time partner in the radio booth,” Adamack said. “We’re hearing from a lot of potential, interested candidates.

“Based on the input I received from fans and people in the world of radio and TV, we feel it was a good idea and served its purpose. Now it is time to move forward.”

Adamack added that there is “a group of people internally who will work on it together.”

Rizzs, who will be in his 28th season with the Mariners broadcast team in 2013, is expected to be part of the process.

Dave Sims and Mike Blowers will return in the television booth in 2013.

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