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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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