Monday, June 13, 2016

PA Voice of Golden State Warriors Belongs to an Aztec

Golden State Warriors PA announcer Matthew Hurwitz ('93) began his announcing career as a student at SDSU.

If you’re following the NBA finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, at the start of the games in Oakland you might have seen the television reporters pitch to the Warriors’ public address announcer,Matthew Hurwitz, to introduce the players.  

What you may not have realized is that Hurwitz (’93) holds a degree in speech communication from SDSU and discovered his knack for announcing in an unexpected way at an Aztec sporting event. 

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Dan Smith shines as longtime PA voice of Long Beach St.

Dan Smith’s eyes lit up when the subject was broached. The longtime voice of Long Beach State had just been asked to talk about the first and second rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 1990 that were played at Long Beach Arena and included Loyola Marymount University.
Smith was PA announcer for those games, which were played just days after the March 4 death of LMU star Hank Gathers during the West Coast Conference Tournament. 
“In 30 years of announcing, without question the biggest game I ever did was that Michigan-Loyola Marymount game,” Smith said of No. 11-seeded LMU’s 149-115 upset of third-seeded Michigan in the second round. “It was amazing. ESPN’s done a couple of ‘30 for 30’ (films), one on the Hank Gathers story and one on (LMU coach) Paul Westhead. Both of them actually used my voice in them, which is really cool for me.
“I actually watched the Paul Westhead one just the past month. I still get chills when (Bo) Kimble hits that first left-handed free throw. The place was just crazy.”

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Longtime Saints PA announcer Jerry Romig dies at 86

It’s hard to say who, through the many years of New Orleans Saints football, would be considered the organization’s face.

But there’s no doubt who the voice is: Jerry Romig.

Romig, who was the Saints’ public-address announcer for 44 years (from 1969 to 2013) and through 446 straight games in addition to other sporting events at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Tulane Stadium, died Wednesday at home with his family near after an extended illness. He was 86.

Saints owner Tom Benson said in a statement when Romig retired two years ago that “Jerry’s voice is embedded in our game experience.”

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Adam Abrams: The man behind the microphone

If you have been to a Wild or Twins game in the last decade or you listen to 107.9 FM, you have probably heard a familiar voice. That familiar voice is Adam Abrams, longtime radio broadcaster, professional voice artist and public address announcer. So you know his voice and now you know his name, but just who is this man behind the microphone? 

Although difficult to believe, this Edina, Minn., native is a self-proclaimed introvert. “Most people assume that I am a really loud and boisterous person, but in my everyday life I am much more of an introvert than an extrovert,” he said.

Not exactly what you would expect from someone who makes a living by talking. “Of course announcing and broadcasting are live, but in those situations I am in a room by myself and can really be whoever I want to be. There are no eyes watching me and I am standing up in front of thousands of people. It is all about being heard.”

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Thursday, November 5, 2015

Dan Mowdy doing his best to replace a legend in Lafayette press box

It's never easy replacing a legend.

Just ask the long list of Packers coaches who followed in the footsteps of Vince Lombardi or the UCLA basketball leaders who came after John Wooden.

When it comes to Lehigh Valley-area public address announcers, none ever sounded better than Jim Finnen, the voice of Lafayette football for 50 years and the P.A. man for Leopards hoops for 48 seasons.

Finnen, fittingly, ended his Lafayette career in style last year, working his last football game at Yankee Stadium, where he called meeting No. 150 between Lehigh and Lafayette. Then his last basketball game at Kirby Field House a few months later came complete with a Patriot League title for the Leopards and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

Finnen, who retired, is irreplaceable. However, when it comes to doing him justice with someone who has a great voice and a great personality, Dan Mowdy more than fits the bill.

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Petros Papadakis no longer USC basketball public address announcer

Petros Papadakis, a former USC football player who  is a radio personality and also a college football analyst for Fox, will no longer work as a public-address announcer for USC men’s basketball games.  

Papadakis, who had been in the role for 11 years, said Wednesday that he had not heard from USC about the coming season so he texted a school official on Tuesday to find out if he was still doing games. Papadakis said the official responded with a text saying no.

A USC athletic department spokesman said Wednesday that a school official had spoken with Papadakis’ representative earlier Tuesday.

The school said in a statement that because of “the many conflicts he had with his broadcasting work” Papadakis had worked three of 17 home games last season.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Lehigh Valley Phantoms P.A. announcer fires up the fans

Petr Straka swings into the right circle and lets the puck fly. Goal. The crowd at the PPL Center celebrates.

About a minute later, Phantoms public address announcer Joe Wowk begins the delivery to announce the scoring. 

"Phantomssss," he shouts, holding onto the "S" sound.

And the crowd echoes back a thunderous "GOAL," and then Wowk announces the goal-scorer's name, the players with the assists and time of the goal.

In his second year behind the mike at the center ice bench between the penalty boxes, Wowk has become part of the game-day fabric for Phantoms games at the PPL Center. The married, 40-year-old father of a six-year-old boy, has become a personality at the hockey game, whether it's announcing the starting lineups or welcoming the crowd before the opening puck drop.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Longtime PA announcer Pete Mattix calls final Shiloh football game in Georgia

After 13 seasons as the “Voice of the Generals,” Pete Mattix has decided to retire as Shiloh’s public address announcer, calling his final Shiloh football game Friday night when the Generals hosted Berkmar in their home finale.

Mattix is best known for generating enthusiasm among Shiloh fans with his booming signature call, “First down, Generals,” when Shiloh’s offense moves the chains. Shiloh Community Stadium opened in 1996 and Mattix started working as the PA announcer in 2003, making him the football team’s longest-running voice behind the microphone in the stadium’s 20-year history.

#The Snellville resident took over the public address role when his oldest son, Brandon, played football for the Generals in 2003. He has always been a staunch supporter of the football team’s players, regularly pointing out as many players as possible during the game, including offensive and defensive linemen. He is also well known for recognizing former Shiloh players and other alumni when they visit the press box, letting the home crowd know when they played for the Generals and where they are attending college. read full story

Long time Lobo PA announcer dies at 61

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. —Stu Walker, the man who served as the Lobos basketball public address announcer for about two decades, has died.

He also served as the public address announcer for Lobo baseball, men’s soccer, Albuquerque Isotopes and New Mexico Activities Association high school championships.   

Walker started at the University of New Mexico in 1995 with Lobo basketball.

“We are deeply saddened by (his) passing,” said vice president for athletics Paul Krebs. "Stu was a tireless worker and loved not just the Lobos but all of Albuquerque.  His voice was instantly recognized by our fans, and he will be sorely missed."

Walker has been the Isotopes PA announcer since the team’s inaugural season in 2003. 

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Monday, October 26, 2015

Tottenham Supporter Accidentally Hacked Bournemouth's Public Address Swearing & Mocking Home Team

Tottenham Hotspur had its way with Bournemouth on Sunday, devouring the Cherries 5-1 to keep the Premier League newcomers just north of the relegation zone.   

Things were so bad for Bournemouth this weekend that even the public address announcer got in on the criticism. Or so fans in attendance thought. From Bleacher Report UK:

It seemed as though Bournemouth’s man behind the microphone had been fairly critical of the Cherries during their 5-1 loss to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon, after an apparent gaffe went viral on Twitter.

“F–king unbelievable” and “men against boys” were the choice of words heard throughout the stadium in what seemed, at first glance, to be the PA announcer forgetting to switch his microphone off.

It turns out, the PA announcer is officially off the hook, as the comment wasn’t made by him despite pumping through the stadium loud speakers. That microphone channel, it seems, was accidentally hacked by a Spurs fan named Barnaby Slater, a presenter for the supporter site SpurredOnTV.

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