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The NBA office rescinded its two-game suspension for Heath, according to a source, opting to fine the Mavericks $25,000 as punishment for Heath's tweets criticizing the officiating in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.

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

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
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.

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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

Voice of Marist High School Has a Passion for Teaching, Announcing Games

MOUNT GREENWOOD — For the past 35 years, Randy Coe has been the voice of Marist High School.

When he came to the Far Southwest Side Catholic school in 1979 to teach history, Coe noticed there was no regular public address announcer for Redskins football games.

"I was just a fresh new teacher, and I thought, 'What the heck?'" Coe said.

Coe hasn't missed serving as the PA announcer for now-RedHawks football home games since. After adding boys basketball announcing duties in 1982, he hadn't skipped a game until December, when he accidentally booked a Rite of Catholic Initiation for Adults event on the same night as one of Marist's RedHawk Holiday Invitational games.

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Skyler Weisberg brings exciting flavor as Watchung Hills PA announcer

WARREN TWP. -- You might be one of those folks who think public address announcing at sporting events ought to be a minimalist affair. Just the facts, please – the starting lineup, who’s subbing for who, who just committed that latest foul, etc.

You might think the game’s the thing and why add distractions? But, let’s be honest: No information that a PA announcer provides is unavailable to you via your own eyes. It’s all mostly superfluous. Given that, why not have a little fun with it?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kevin Baldinger will return to the The Orlando Predators PA announcer’s chair for the 2014 season

Kevin Baldinger, a veteran of the local radio scene, will return to the PA announcer’s chair for the 2014 season Predators fans! 

Baldinger says that he is excited to be the voice of The Jungle once again, and that he is looking forward to witnessing The Jungle return to its old form first hand.

 “I’ll be the new old public address announcer for The Orlando Predators,” said Baldinger. “The new management asked the fans what they’d like to see return to the Predators, and the fans chose me. I am humbled by their loyalty, but that is what makes the fans of the Predators so great! The fans are such an integral part of the Orlando Predators, I consider them to be the 9th man on the field.”