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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Saturday, October 3, 2015

Music to their ears as Paul Cartier brings Long Island sound to Islanders new home arena in Brooklyn

The organ was wheeled on dollies out of Nassau Coliseum on Sept. 1, draped with blue furniture pads and loaded onto a Globe Storage and Moving truck around 11 a.m. The truck was too big to drive on the Grand Central Parkway, so it had to crawl in traffic along the Long Island Expressway. After roughly two-and-a-half hours, the organ finally arrived at its new home at Barclays Center.

It wore some moving scratches when it was uncovered and placed in the main atrium of the main entrance overlooking the ice on the west end of the arena where it will reside during Islanders games this season. But Barclays Center had the organ, which had been at the Coliseum for eight years, refinished.

“It looks brand new,” Paul Cartier said. “She looks good.”

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

'Avid sports fan' announces plays for Seventy-First football games

Tanya Wallace sits in a near-empty press box at Seventy-First's Loyd E. Auman Athletic Field in Fayetteville, NC. The plain brick and concrete surroundings may not look like much, but for Wallace, it's a dream come true and a piece of history in the same package.  

Wallace just may be the first woman ever given the regular assignment of doing public address announcing for high school football games in Cumberland County.

A 1991 Seventy-First graduate and a teacher at the school for the last seven years, Wallace is in her first full season with the varsity team.

She'd done announcing at Falcon basketball games, including some junior varsity football.     read full story

Saturday, September 26, 2015

RedHawks Mourn Loss of Longtime PA Announcer Grant Vosburgh

PA Announcer Virginia Epps celebrates 20 years

Friday, September 18, 2015

The voice of the Fargodome speaks

FARGO – He's a familiar voice to anyone who has attended a Bison football game.

Dan Michaels, a Fargo resident, has been the public address announcer at North Dakota State University football home games for 17 years. He is also the PA announcer at Fargo Davies High School.     

Michaels is responsible for quickly conveying information from the field to the fans over the loudspeakers. He has help from a team of NDSU statistics takers in the box who relay information about yardage or who made a certain play.

How did you get started in this field?

I've been in broadcasting for a long, long time, but I got into PA announcing when I was in college at Valley City (N.D.) State back in the '80s.    read more

Longtime Notre Dame PA announcer John “Jack” Lloyd dies

A longtime Notre Dame sports announcer has died.

John “Jack” Lloyd passed away Thursday morning at the age of 79 after a short illness.    

Lloyd served as public-address announcer for Irish men’s basketball games for 36 years at the Fieldhouse and the Joyce Center.

He also handled announcing duties in the Notre Dame Stadium press box for nearly a half-century.

A 1958 Notre Dame graduate, Lloyd received an honorary monogram from the Notre Dame Monogram Club in 1997.

He worked as an announcer as recently as 2013.  

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Beyond the Lights: PA announcers synonymous with the team each serves

Public-address announcers are always heard but not always seen while on the job. You hear their voice inside the football stadium, often introducing players and rallying fans before the first whistle blows. Their stern, sometimes unique, voices can become synonymous with the teams they announce for.
The announcers let the crowds know what’s going on beneath the bright lights, including all the running, passing and gadget plays on the gridiron. We asked some of the area’s best what keeps them ticking on game nights, and what’s the best quality an announcer should have.

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Sunday, September 13, 2015

Lane Grindle admirably makes most of new P.A. job at Nebraska

Jordan Westerkamp, with the help of one Tommy Armstrong crushing block taking out three BYU defenders, had finally crossed the goal line to finish a rather unconventional, unexpected touchdown.

Lane Grindle then pressed the button that opened his microphone to the ears of nearly 90,000 fans at Memorial Stadium.

At that second, the Huskers’ rookie public-address announcer still had no idea how he’d describe Nebraska’s first touchdown of the 2015 season.    

So he uttered the words that came naturally.

“That’s a Big Red touchdown!”

He stuck with that touchdown call, too.

"I had a lot of people ask me last week about that," Grindle said, "and I was like, ‘I don’t know.’ And if I don’t just know, I’m going to let it come to me.”

That probably hovered near the bottom of Grindle’s list of concerns and priorities entering his first game as NU's P.A. announcer.

Especially since he didn’t know he’d be serving that role until the Tuesday before Nebraska’s first game.

read Brian Rosenthal's story here

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Call of the Panthers: Tryouts for PA announcer, anthem singers draw hopefuls

Their voices echoed through the cavernous arena, "And now the starting lineup for coach Gerard Gallant and yourrrr Florida Panthersssss!"

Other, more lyrical voices reverberated through the rafters: "Oh say can you seeee, by the dawn's early light..."   

They came from as far away as North Dakota and Indiana with a dream to scream and sing for the Florida Panthers.

South Florida's National Hockey League team held auditions at the BB&T Center in Sunrise recently for national anthem singers and for a public address announcer.

"It's actually been incredible and a little overwhelming, in a good way," said Pamela Zager-Maya, vice president of marketing for the Panthers. "There's a lot of great talent out there and we wanted to explore it."  link to story and video