Sunday, April 20, 2014

Talent Search: Next Voice of the Owlz in Orem Utah

The Orem Owlz are in search for a new PA announcer and On-Field Emcee for the 2014 season. Tryouts will be held at the ballpark on Saturday, May 31st from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.
The league is short season and will consist of 38 home games. The Owlz have won four Pioneer League titles (2004, 2005, 2007, and 2009) and play in a stadium that opened in 2005 with modern audio and media equipment. The PA Announcer will be the voice of the Owlz on game days.
The PA announcer will read directly from the game day scripts as provided by Owlz staff. Game day scripts will include cues for each inning, required text from sponsors, and in-stadium promotions. Game day lineups for both teams will be required along with announcing batters and in-game changes. The PA announcer must be quick on his/her feet, add libbing is preferred. They will also be expected to work with the Owlz Promotions Crew at times during the game.  read full story

Padres name Miniak as new PA announcer - New Hampshire resident earns job after search of more than 800 candidates

By Corey Brock / MLB.com | 4/19/2014 11:38 P.M. ET

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have a new public-address announcer, as a three-month process led the team to Alex Miniak.
Miniak, a New Hampshire resident, was pegged to handle the public-address job after the team started with more than 800 candidates during an open casting call in January at Petco Park.
The team announced Miniak during the seventh-inning stretch of Saturday's 3-1 win over the Giants.
"We want to thank everyone who tried out for sharing their time and enthusiasm with us over the past few months," Padres president and CEO Mike Dee said in a press release. "Our intent for this process was to offer a true open casting call, with the possibility of discovering talent in even the least expected of places. In finding Alex, we accomplished that goal."
Miniak edged two other finalists, Sam Chin and Todd Leitz, after each had the opportunity to announce a full game at Petco Park this week.
"Alex has the iconic voice that we were looking for and we're excited to welcome him to the Padres family," said Wayne Partello, Padres senior vice president and chief marketing officer. "This was not an easy decision. There was a tremendous pool of talent, and the final three, especially, were all impressive. But in the end, Alex has the right voice to take us into the next era of Petco Park."
The list of hopefuls started at more than 800 and was narrowed down to 50, then 30, then 10, with the help of a fan vote, and finally to the three finalists.

Miniak, who is a senior account executive with Gigunda Group, will move to San Diego, leaving his current role as the public-address announcer for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Padres announce top three finalists for public address announcer

Three finalists will each announce one full game at Petco Park - #PadresPA


SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres today announced the Top 3 finalists in the search for the next Petco Park public address announcer. The group was narrowed down from 10 after each finalist announced half a game during the first half of this homestand (April 11-15). More than 800 people originally tried out to be the next Petco Park public address announcer. That group was narrowed down to 50 and then to 30, and finally to 10, with the help of a fan vote online and via social media.

The Top 3 includes two Southern California residents, Sam Chin and Todd Leitz, and one New Hampshire resident, Alex Miniak. Chin, a San Diego resident and UCSD graduate, is a marine biologist. Leitz, another UCSD graduate and Studio City resident, is currently a public information officer for MYSAFE: LA. He is a former news anchor and reporter. Miniak is a Sr. account executive with Gigunda Group, and also currently serves as the public address announcer for the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, the Double-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays.

As their final tryout, each of the three finalists will announce a full game between today and Friday, April 18, as well part of the game Saturday, April 19. Petco Park's next public address announcer will be announced during Saturday's game against the San Francisco Giants.

For more information, visit www.padres.com/announcer.

Friday, April 11, 2014

UPDATE: Sean Heath Dallas Mav's PA Announcer has ban lifted by NBA

By Tim MacMahon | ESPNDallas.com

DALLAS -- Public-address announcer Sean Heath will be shouting into his courtside microphone at American Airlines Center during the Mavericks' regular-season home finale Saturday night after all.

The NBA office rescinded its two-game suspension for Heath, according to a source, opting to fine the Mavericks $25,000 as punishment for Heath's tweets criticizing the officiating in the wake of Dallas' 122-120 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on April 1.

Three of the tweets from Heath's account were directed to the NBA's account, the most inflammatory of which said that games such as the Mavs' loss to the Warriors are why the league has a "reputation that the games are rigged."

"Several disciplinary options were discussed but ultimately we decided to be consistent with past practice on violations of game operations staff," league spokesman Tim Frank said via email.

A source said the fact that Heath is a contract worker and technically not a team employee made a suspension for him a legally complicated issue.

According to multiple sources, the Mavs were informed Thursday that Heath would be suspended for two games and were granted a request to delay that suspension until Saturday to allow time to find a suitable replacement.

Mavs PA man Sean Heath suspended


DALLAS -- The NBA issued a two-game suspension to Dallas Mavericks public-address announcer Sean Heath due to tweets criticizing officiating, multiple sources briefed on the situation told ESPNDallas.com.

The suspension will begin Saturday night, when the Mavs face the Phoenix Suns in the final home game of the regular season. Heath will complete the suspension either in the first home game of the playoffs or next season's home opener, depending on whether the Mavs advance.

Heath, who declined to comment, wrote a series of tweets regarding the officiating after the Mavs' 122-120 overtime loss to the Golden State Warriors on April 1.

The league office acknowledged in a statement the next day that Warriors center Jermaine O'Neal should have been called for goaltending when he blocked a potential go-ahead shot by Mavs guard Monta Ellis with 16 seconds remaining in overtime.

Three of the tweets from Heath's account with 253 followers were directed to the NBA's account, the most inflammatory of which said that games such as the Mavs' loss to the Warriors are why the league has a "reputation that the games are rigged."

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Padres announce Top 10 finalists for public address announcer

Ten finalists narrowed down from Top 30 following online fan vote


 Adam Pearce San Diego, CA Professional Wrestler
 Alex Miniak Manchester, NH Sr. Account Executive
 Jason Barquero Downey, CA Director of Alumni Engagement
 John Stepanek Canyon Lake, CA Business Development
 Laurie Guido San Diego, CA SDUSD Administration, HS PA Announcer
 Mike Carlucci Los Angeles, CA College Professor; Former Pro Announcer
 Patrick Connor El Cajon, CA Vet Technician
 Sam Chin San Diego, CA Hubbs-SeaWorld Field Research
 Steve Frost San Diego, CA Stanford PA Announcer
 Todd Leitz Los Angeles, CA Public Information Officer for MySafe:LA

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres today announced the Top 10 finalists in the search for the next Petco Park public address announcer. The group was narrowed down from 30 following the first series at Petco Park (March 30-April 2). During the first series against Los Angeles each of the Top 30 had the chance to announce part of a regular season game at Petco Park. Following the first series, fans had the opportunity to vote for their choice online and via social media. The two candidates who received the most fan votes automatically moved into the Top 10.The Top 10 includes nine men and one woman from all over San Diego County and Southern California, and one candidate from New Hampshire. Information about the Top 10 candidates can be found in the attached document and at www.padres.com/announcer.
The 10 finalists will each announce additional parts of a Padres game between April 11 and April 20 before the pool is narrowed to the Top 3. As their final tryout, each of the three will announce a full game. Petco Park's next public address announcer will be announced during the series against the San Francisco Giants (April 18-20).



taken from the Padres PR Release

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Longtime Charleston RiverDogs PA announcer Ken Carrington won't call games at The Joe this season

Carrington confirms departure "with a heavy heart" after 12 years


The Riverdogs open their 2014 campaign this week at The Joe, but one familiar voice will be noticeably absent. Riverdogs GM Dave Echols confirmed today that longtime PA announcer Ken Carrington has left the organization and will be replaced by former Riverdogs announcer Danny Reed. 

After 12 years calling minor league ball in Charleston, becoming an unmistakable fixture at Joseph P. Riley Jr. Park for many Riverdogs fans, Carrington tells the City Paper that it was his decision to leave, but that he did so "with a heavy heart," saying the change is still settling in. Carrington continues to announce baseball games at Patriot's Point for the College of Charleston.

Four locals still in running to be next Petco Park announcer

The voice booming out of the public address system at Petco Park for the 2014 San Diego Padres’ season could end up being one from right here in the local community.
Three people from Rancho Bernardo and one from Rancho Penasquitos made it through the first round of cuts in “Petco Park’s Next PA Announcer” promotion put on by the Padres.
Locals Adam Pearce, Brent Lowe, John Serio and Edward Lehman survived a pool of nearly 800 applicants to make it down to the final 50 after each person auditioned for the gig in person or online.
The eventual winner, to be announced during the series against the San Francisco Giants on April 18-20, will be the next public address announcer for the Padres at Petco Park.

Voice behind microphone for NBA Bucks, also works on popular radio show

Fans may have heard his voice at Bucks games -- public address announcer Eric Jensen.
"Oh, I love it. It's not a job. It's fun to come down here every night and sit here courtside," Jensen said. "I've got the best seat and get to scream into a microphone all night. (You) can't beat that."
The Brookfield native has been behind the microphone at Bucks games for the past 14 years.
Jensen began as the public address announcer for the Milwaukee Wave and Milwaukee Admirals before landing his side job with the Bucks.
"There's not any college programs or anything for PA announcing. It's not really anything you can be trained for. You kind of have to start at the bottom and work your way up," Jensen said.
The toughest part of his job, he said, is pronouncing names.
"I usually sit next to a PR guy, and he helps me out with any names. Giannis (Antentomkounpo's) name is the scariest for anyone else in the league," Jensen said.


Read more: http://www.wisn.com/sports/voice-behind-microphone-at-bucks-also-works-on-popular-radio-show/24968214#ixzz2yLqgdvxN

Mike Mahnke loves his hobby; PA announcing for the Badgers

A good public address announcer is accurate and informative. A great one does that while entertaining and even connecting with fans.

For Wisconsin Badgers basketball fans, there’s nothing like seeing Bo Ryan’s players sink a three-pointer — especially at the Kohl Center — because when you’re at the game or watching it on TV, you can’t miss the unmistakable voice of public address announcer Mike Mahnke.
It all started with Mahnke was hosting a radio show back in 1991. A buddy of his was doing PA for the Badgers women’s basketball team, and he needed a sub.
“They said ‘we kinda like what you’re doing. You wanna come back for the next one — and the next one, and the next one? So I finished the season, and next year, they asked me if I wanted to do women’s basketball and volleyball,” Mahnke said.  read rest of article