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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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Black Wolves Seeking Public Address Announcer

Want to be the voice of the New England Black Wolves? Here is your chance! 
Open auditions for the Black Wolves' public address announcer will be held on Thursday, October 29th at 5:30 p.m. at Mohegan Sun Arena. 
The public address announcer will serve as the main voice of the New England Black Wolves during home games and must be able to commit to all home games, including the playoffs. 
A script will be provided at the audition. A resume with relevant experience and contact information is required. All candidates will meet outside the Mohegan Sun Arena Box Office. Doors will open at 5 p.m. and auditions at 5:30 p.m.
To RSVP for auditions, please email

The New England Black Wolves are a professional box lacrosse team based in Uncasville, Connecticut. They are members of the National Lacrosse League and began play in the winter of 2014–2015 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Florida Panthers select PA Announcer for 2015-16 Season

Andrew Imber has been selected as the Florida Panthers PA Announcer for the 2015 – 16 season.

A South Florida native, Imber spent the past eight years as PA Announcer and play-by-play announcer for the Florida Atlantic University Hockey team. Imber received a degree in broadcasting from FAU. He's been a Panthers fan since the team’s inaugural season in 1993-94 and even worked as a Communications Intern and back-up PA Announcer for the Panthers.    read the entire story here

Virginia Tech hires new PA announcer for men's basketball

On Thursday, the Virginia Tech athletics department officially announced that Mike Sparrer has been named the new PA announcer for Virginia Tech men’s basketball games.

Sparrer will replace former men’s basketball PA announcer Bill McChain, who will continue to serve as the public address announcer of Lane Stadium, while adding volleyball and baseball to his responsibilities.   

“I am extremely honored to have been chosen for the position of public address announcer for men's basketball at Virginia Tech,” Sparrer said in a press release. “I have been an avid fan of the basketball program dating back to the days when Dell Curry lit it up from way deep and through the days of Bimbo Coles, Ace Custis and Erick Green.”

The new PA announcer is not new to Virginia Tech. Sparrer currently serves as the Marching Virginians announcer, a position that was previously held by Virginia Tech announcer Tony Distler.    read story here

Monday, October 5, 2015

Behind The Plate: Andrew Belleson, The Voice Of Wrigley Field

Five years ago, he was one of nearly 3,000 people who auditioned for an open call to be the new public address announcer.      

“I didn’t really think I had any chance to get hired when I submitted an application,” the Lombard native recalled. “It was just a long shot.”

Andrew Belleson, 28, says his sister encouraged him to apply.
“They narrowed it down to 25 people, we came to the park and did a live audition,” he said. “Then they narrowed it down to four people and we did another live audition, and they made their final choice after that.”

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