Friday, September 30, 2016

Scott C. Bourgeois is the new Edmonton Oilers’ PA announcer

Scott C. Bourgeois is the new Edmonton Oilers’ PA announcer, replacing Mark Lewis who retired. Bourgeois is a newsman at inews 880. His Twitter profile says: "Award winning geek writer and podcaster, award-nominated playwright, professional radio journalist, father, handsome gentleman. Totally humble about it."

Former Oilers PA announcer Mark Lewis had announced his retirement effective the conclusion of the Oilers farewell season at Rexall Place. 

Port Angeles Lefties baseball team to hold tryouts for PA Announcer

Auditions are set during Major League Baseball playoff games at venues across the North Olympic Peninsula starting next month.

PORT ANGELES, WASHINGTON — The Port Angeles Lefties, the newest baseball team in the West Coast League, is now looking for an energetic public address announcer to captivate its crowds.

The team isn’t taking resumes though. Tryouts are set during Major League Baseball playoff games at bars across the North Olympic Peninsula.

Tryouts are currently scheduled starting next month in Port Angeles and Sequim, but the organization might announce venues in Port Townsend and Forks, said Lefties General Manager Ryan Hickey.

Contestants will be given the task of performing public address duties in front of patrons at each bar to the live broadcast of the MLB playoff game.

This includes narrating the game, entertaining the crowd and managing music.


Thursday, September 29, 2016

Kevin VanMeter - familiar voice in sports

Kevin VanMeter listened to sports on TV and the radio as a kid.

But while most people heard Marv Albert describing a Bill Bradley jumper or Phil Rizzuto Holy Cow-ing about a Mickey Mantle blast, VanMeter’s focus was elsewhere.

His heroes were the guys with the stadium/arena mics – the public address announcers whose distinctive voices played in the background.

There was John Condon, the 40-plus-year Madison Square Garden announcer, and Bob Sheppard, with the Joe DiMaggio-to-Derek Jeter Yankee Stadium career.

VanMeter can do a pretty fair imitation of both men.

But the 63-year-old Croton resident is his own man with mic in hand.

This year VanMeter marked his 50th year as a sports public address announcer.


Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sam Lagana Gives the Los Angeles Rams a Voice

Imagine your childhood team breaks your heart by leaving your city. You think it’s over. Then, triumph. They return 22 years later. And not only do you get to watch your memories come to life again, but that very same team offers you a job as their PA announcer.

Although this sounds unreal, that story isn’t a hypothetical situation for Pepperdine’s Executive Vice Chancellor Sam Lagana.  

Lagana received the job opportunity of a lifetime when he was approached to be the PA announcer for the Los Angeles Rams. Lagana, a native of West LA, said, because of his childhood obsession with the team, he jumped at the offer.

“I’m absolutely a Rams fan,” Lagana said. “I grew up going to games with my dad when I was a little guy — my dad passed away when I was 13 — and I remember going with my neighbor. I even have a Deacon Jones-autographed football. I also remember when the Rams left. Even to go to Anaheim!”

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Grizzlies welcome back in-arena voice John Paul Stevenson to Memphis as the team’s interim Public Address Announcer for the 2016-17 season

The Memphis Grizzlies today announced that former Grizzlies Public Address Announcer John Paul Stevenson will return to Memphis as the team’s interim public address announcer for the 2016-17 season, beginning with the Oct. 3 preseason game vs. Orlando. Stevenson last served as the team’s full-time public address announcer from 2001-2006 before spending the last 10 seasons with the Houston Rockets.  

“John Paul is an important figure in Memphis Grizzlies history,” said Jason Potter, director of content and live entertainment for the Memphis Grizzlies. “He completely understands the spirit of Grizz Nation and knows how to captivate not just any audience – but a Memphis audience - through the live experience.”

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Alabama prep PA announcer: "If you don't stand for anthem, you should be shot"

A Southern Baptist Pastor who moonlights as a high school football announcer in Alabama raised eyebrows with an unscripted preamble in support of military personnel … and against anyone who doesn’t want to pay what he deems as proper homage to the flag.

As reported by, the McKenzie High announcer Pastor Allen Joyner offered up a strong rebuke of any who have refused to stand for the national anthem, as originally posted by Denise Crowley-Whitfield on Facebook Friday night. Here’s what Joyner reportedly said:

“If you don’t want to stand for the national anthem, you can line up over there by the fence and let our military personnel take a few shots at you since they’re taking shots for you.”


Memphis Grizzlies Fire PA Announcer Accused Of Taking Photos At Church

Taking upskirt photos of women at church is no way to get through life. Or keep a job, as the Memphis Grizzlies’ former public address announcer has learned all too painfully.

Rick Trotter was fired by the Grizzlies back in July after nearly 10 years with the organization. But that decision hadn’t been formally announced until Tuesday, when Memphis police issued a warrant for Trotter’s arrest on four charges of photographing without consent. The photos in question were taken at the Downtown Church, where Trotter was also employed. The church fired him two days prior to the arrest warrant being issued.

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Broncos announce new stadium P.A. announcer

DENVER — The Denver Broncos have hired Conor McGahey as the new public address announcer for the team’s home games beginning with the 2016 NFL season.

McGahey, a Colorado-native, has 16 years of experience in public address announcing, sports production and broadcasting.

“What an absolute honor it is to be named the public address announcer for the Denver Broncos, a team I am very passionate about,” McGahey said. “The Broncos are on top of the mountain, not only in this state but in the professional sports landscape and to be selected as the public address announcer for Broncos Country is nothing short of a great honor.”

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Meet the New Voice of Husker Football, Beatrice’s Own Nate Rohr

Nate Rohr has been named the new Public Address Announcer for Nebraska football games this fall. He is a native of Beatrice, attending Beatrice High School and even performing PA Announcer duties at the school.  
“I’ve heard from a lot of people over the last couple of days, a lot of encouragement, a lot of people excited, people who knew me in high school doing the public address announcing for Beatrice athletics, plenty of my classmates and even some people I might not have know, but are proud a Beatrice person is going to be a big part of football Saturdays,” declared Rohr.

Maple Leafs silence Andy Frost as public address announcer

Andy Frost is out as the public address announcer at Maple Leaf games at the Air Canada Centre.

Frost tweeted as much and a Leafs spokesman confirmed it. 

Frost told the Star team president Brendan Shanahan told him it was not a “firing” but the team was “simply not renewing” his contract.

“Cool with me!” Frost tweeted.

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