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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Thursday, May 8, 2014

Eagles fire P.A. announcer Dan Baker

The Eagles announced Wednesday that they have decided not to bring back Dan Baker, who had served for the past 29 years as the team's public address announcer. Baker still serves as the voice at Phillies games.

"Dan is the ultimate professional and even though he was disappointed with the direction we are heading, he was accepting of our decision to make the change," said team president Don Smolenski. "We are very appreciative of his dedication and service. He never missed a single game."

The Eagles will begin a search for a new public address announcer and will work closely with an outside agency to aid in this transition.

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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 / | 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.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

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

By Tim MacMahon |

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.