Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Former Eagles PA announcer Dan Baker denied chance to thank fans

The Eagles, nearly run out of the Linc by lowly Jacksonville in a desultory 17-0 first half, rebounded to defeat the Jaguars 34-17 on Sunday.
But where was Dan Baker?
The West Deptford resident, unceremoniously cut loose by the Eagles last May after 29 years as the team's public address announcer, was honored by them between the first and second quarters at the opener.
After 29 years, you would think the affable Baker would be canonized.
He never missed a single game, regular season or exhibition, among the nearly 300 he was scheduled to work. His loyalties have never been questioned.

Arizona to Hold Men's Basketball PA Announcer Search

The University of Arizona Department of the Intercollegiate Athletics is currently hosting pre-registration for an open casting call for individuals interested in serving as the men’s basketball public address announcer for the 2014-15 season.
This position will contribute to the high-energy atmosphere and excitement of Wildcats basketball in the newly-renovated McKale Center. This position will be compensated on a per-game basis.
All submissions must be received by Friday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. MST.
All pre-registrants will be reviewed and scored based off of audio recordings submitted and PA experience listed. The highest-scoring applicants will be considered finalists and will advance to a final round of live auditions at McKale Center. At that time, finalists will be judged based off of their in-person audition at McKale Center.
Questions may be directed to Dan Heck, associate director of marketing, via email ( or phone (520-621-0054).

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Track Announcer Collmus the man for job

SARATOGA SPRINGS — Somebody has some incredibly big shoes to fill.

In fact, “size 12,” Tom Durkin drily informed us on Wednesday.

That somebody is Larry Collmus, who will step into the Aqueduct announcer’s booth next April and give voice to what he considers the greatest job on the planet.         

With Durkin retiring the day before this Saratoga Race Course meet ends, the New York Racing Association really, really needed to get this one right.

And they did so, hiring the man who is widely regarded as the best announcer in the North America not named Tom Durkin.

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On-air talent juggles DJ, Biscuits PA, other duties

Stamina helps Rick Hendrick make it through the day during the summer because it's not unusual for him to work 15 hours or more by the time he drags himself back home.
In addition to being program director and on-air personality at a local radio station, he's also the public address announcer at Riverwalk Stadium, where the Montgomery Biscuits play.    
Rain delays and extra innings can extend a game late into the night at times, but it's all part of a job he loves and wouldn't think of giving up.
He might not be a television personality, but his distinctive radio voice has made him a local celebrity, especially at grocery store checkout lines.

Ladies And Gentlemen — Now Announcing: Robert Hutchins

Youth sports games are primarily for the enjoyment of participants, their proud parents, and other family members in attendance, and coaches who help their developing players improve.
In the case of Newtown youth baseball and basketball contests, the games also serve as an opportunity for an up-and-coming announcer to gain experience from the press box and scorer’s table, all the while adding to the at-the-field atmosphere for those team members and their families.
Robert Hutchins, who will enter his sophomore year at Newtown High School, has served as public address announcer for Babe Ruth and American Legion baseball, and Newtown Youth Basketball games since his first game in the press box at Glander Field in 2010.
Some 350 games — and who knows how many pitches, hits, shots, fouls, strikeouts, rainouts, and celebrations — later, he’s still welcoming fans and announcing names of Newtown athletes over the public address systems at area fields and gymnasiums.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Tennessee hires Jeff Jarnigan as new public address announcer at Neyland Stadium

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — Tennessee has hired Jeff Jarnigan as Neyland Stadium's public address announcer following the April death of Bobby Denton, who filled that role for the last 48 years.
In a school release announcing the move Thursday, Jarnigan called it "an honor beyond my wildest dreams" and said "it is impossible to replace Bobby Denton. His voice and delivery has been as much a part of Big Orange Saturdays as the Vol Walk, running through the 'T' and 'Rocky Top.'"
Denton, who was 73, died on April 9.
Jarnigan has been the Tennessee men's basketball public address announcer for the last nine years. He has been public address announcer for Tennessee's spring football game the last eight years. He spent 12 years announcing for Tennessee's Pride of the Southland marching band.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Belmont Stakes: Veteran announcer Tom Durkin retiring after calling another almost-Triple Crown

Veteran NYRA announcer Tom Durkin is retiring after 24 years at the end of the summer.
He'd called seven almost-Triple Crowns before Saturday (make it eight) and said 2004 was when he thought the post-1978 hex would have been broken.
"Smarty Jones would have been the one I thought had the best chance," Durkin said.
California Chrome's jockey Victor Espinoza thought his horse did.
"This is one of the best horses I ever rode," he said. "I'm sure one of these days, (someone) will win the Triple Crown. Sooner or later, we need to break, this bad, you know, karma."
After Saturday, it will definitely be later.

Mike Jay honored as Nation's Top Track and Field PA Announcer

EUGENE, OREGON — Anyone who attends the Drake Relays or the Iowa Coed State High School Track and Field Championships knows that Mike Jay is an excellent track and field public address announcer.

Now Jay has earned the stamp of approval for being one of the best PA announcers in the country.

Jay has been named recipient of the Scott Davis Memorial Award by the Track and Field Writers of America for excellence in announcing by a current track and field announcer.

The award came during the annual TAFWA Awards Breakfast held in conjunction with the recent NCAA Outdoor Track and FIeld Championships in Eugene, Ore.

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P.A announcer Gene Honda the busiest man in Chicago sports

If you don't know who Gene Honda is, well, you're just not trying hard enough.

Honda can been seen -- and mostly heard -- in so many places inside and outside of Chicago, it's almost impossible to miss him.

"I'm getting the chance to do a lot of fun things that I would never have dreamed of," said Honda, a 59-year-old lifelong Chicagoan. "It's funny, there are certain points where you're reminded of it. Things like when Thunderstruck starts at White Sox games, when they do the national anthem at Blackhawks games, when you walk into a cavernous facility like AT&T Stadium in Dallas. You're reminded that you're pretty darn lucky to be able to do all these things."

Anyone that's ever looked for a job likely has been advised to keep the resume short and concise. Honda would be the exception.

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‘B-Daht’ let go as PA announcer at WSSU

Brian “B-Daht” McLaughlin, the public address announcer for football and basketball games at Winston-Salem State for the last 10 years, will not be back this season.
McLaughlin, a popular morning disc jockey at WJMH-FM’s 102 JAMZ in Greensboro, caused a firestorm in March when he made anti-gay remarks on Twitter about WSSU student Aaron McCorkle, an openly gay candidate for Mr. WSSU, the school’s equivalent of a homecoming king.
McLaughlin, a 2006 WSSU graduate, said he would resign if McCorkle were elected. McCorkle lost the election.
McLaughlin, who had been the school’s PA announcer since his junior year in 2004, apologized after his comments on Twitter. But last month he received a letter from Tonia Walker, the athletics director at WSSU, informing him that he wasn’t going to be retained.

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