Friday, August 21, 2015

Apply now for public address announcer position for Hokies men's basketball

Become part of Cassell Coliseum in-game entertainment

The Virginia Tech athletics department is currently seeking highly talented individuals to serve as PA announcer for Virginia Tech basketball games. This position will contribute to the high-energy atmosphere and experience for Virginia Tech student-athletes, coaches and fans.  

Veteran PA announcer Bill McChain will continue with his duties as the Voice of Lane Stadium and will assume additional duties with baseball and women’s volleyball. The Virginia Tech athletics department is using this search to best identify talent available for a wide range of opportunities, in an effort to improve the overall fan experience at all of our sporting events with all of our sports. With the investment the department has made in the basketball fan experience, this is a chance to examine all areas of game presentation and decide who best fits which events.

Applicants must submit the following to no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, August 31.
- Resume detailing relevant experience
- An MP3 recording of the below PA scripts
- Three references related to the ability to perform the required duties
Job Duties/Responsibilities
- Strong vocal talent
- Enthusiasm, passion and strong knowledge of basketball (including rules and positions)
- Ability to multi-task in a stressful environment
- Comfortable announcing complex names
- Receptive to both positive and negative feedback
- Ability to react quickly and appropriately

- Previous experience as a PA announcer is preferred


Monday, August 17, 2015

USA Hockey's National Team Development Program seeking game day public address announcer for the 2015-16 season

USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, a member of the United States Hockey League (USHL), is seeking a game day public address announcer for the 2015-16 season.

This position is a seasonal, game-based job that requires attendance at all home games. Pay is per game for roughly four hours of work. This is a highly interactive and intuitive job that requires thinking on your feet, reacting to fast-paced environments and being proactive.

Duties and responsibilities include (but are not limited to) the following:

Read game day script as prepared by the Director of Game Day Operations
Make situational announcements such as goals, penalties and other game action
Engage the crowd with energetic, bold, easy to understand announcements
Be able to adapt and react quickly
Writing script
Work with the game day operations staff to time actions and promotions correctly
Knowledge of the game of hockey, its situations and terminology
Learning Team USA and opposing team rosters, pronunciations and other team info
Finalists will be asked to come in to USA Hockey Arena and work through a sample script over the PA for involved USA Hockey staff.

Note: When you apply for this job online, you will be required to answer the following questions:

1. Do you have previous experience announcing live games?

Apply for this position

Sunday, August 16, 2015

The Art of the Swimming PA Announcer

By Andrew Ross, Swimming World College Intern

The public address announcer can be the most important person at a swim meet. He or she is in charge and controls the pace of the meet and is the one who can make a swim meet exciting or boring. But after watching and attending many swim meets in my time, I have noticed that a lot of PA Announcers fall on the boring side. 

Too many times I hear people say swimming is “a boring sport,” that “nobody cares” and “it’s not exciting to watch.” I am an aspiring PA announcer myself and over the last few years, part of my motivation as an announcer is to show people that swimming can be exciting. PA announcing is an art and it can be hard to master it, but there are people who have mastered that art.     read full story here

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Longtime UK public address announcer Jim Ingle dies at 83

James Edward "Jim" Ingle, the longtime public address announcer for University of Kentucky athletics, died Friday at Baptist Health Lexington. He was 83.
Ingle first worked in UK's basketball program in 1962 as a statistician. His job was to keep Coach Adolph Rupp apprised of assists and what was known as "errors." He began a 20-year stint as public address announcer in 1968.  
Ingle also served as public address announcer for UK football, women's basketball and volleyball, as well as Tates Creek High School football and numerous other events in the Lexington area.
His signature style was a deadpan delivery. A Mr. Spock of sports, he resolutely refused to use a more animated tone to energize a crowd.   read more here

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Friday, August 14, 2015

Dick Jonckowski, back where he belongs

A familiar face was missing from The American Legion Baseball World Series press box in Shelby, N.C., last August. And, even more so, a familiar voice.  

Dick Jonckowski, who had served as the public address announcer for the World Series since 1998, had to miss the 2014 tournament because he was battling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He’s recovered and is back in his familiar place in Shelby: in front of the microphone.
“At (the National Commander’s Reception), I had so many people come over and say how happy they were to see me back,” Jonckowski said. “That’s really been a heartwarming experience so far. It’s made a difference.” read full story here

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Joe Thompson returns to alma mater as PA announcer

Joe Thompson, the long-time public address announcer at for Hermiston High School football games is adding his distinctive voice to another sport and another school at another level. 

Thompson is the new public address announcer of Oregon State University soccer. There’s also a chance that he might fill in for baseball games or late basketball games if necessary. He will continue to announce Bulldog football games.  read story here

Monday, August 10, 2015

Hayes Permar enjoying role as voice of the Carolina Mudcats

Garner resident Hayes Permar made a pretty good switch this season.

He swapped paying to watch 15 to 20 professional baseball games to being paid to watch 80. He traded paying for his ball park food to getting it for free. 

And instead of entertaining the people sitting around him with his unsolicited commentary, he now entertains the entire stadium as the public address announcer for the Carolina Mudcats.

“Pretty good deal, huh?” Permar said. “I don’t know how you beat it.”

Permar, 36, is in his first season as the stadium voice of the Mudcats, but he got his start on the P.A. as a high school student at Broughton High.  read more here

Friday, August 7, 2015

Nebraska PA announcer allegedly bilked elderly women out of more than $363,000

On Nebraska football game days, Memorial Stadium in Lincoln becomes the most populous place in the state.

And now the voice everyone hears during those games is accused of doing something really, really heinous. 

Lincoln police say Patrick Combs, who has been Memorial Stadium’s public-address announcer since 2002, bilked two elderly women — one of them with dementia — out of more than $363,000 using his power-of-attorney status. He has been charged with five felonies, including theft of over $1,500 and adult abuse, according to the Lincoln Journal Star.   read full story

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

The Florida Panthers Hockey Club is looking for a PA Announcer

The Florida Panthers Hockey Club is looking for a PA Announcer for its home games. The PA Announcer’s duties include announcing starting lineups, all game action, public address
announcements, presentations, contests, and other duties as assigned. The PA Announcer is the main voice of the Panthers during home games. He/She will work closely with the marketing staff, game presentation and other staff to create a fan friendly and entertaining experience at the BB&T Center.

Link to apply


- Strong vocal talent

- A unique and definitive personality

- Strong knowledge of hockey, including rules and positions; specific knowledge of Florida Panthers, a plus

- Ability to multi-task in a stressful environment

- Comfortable announcing to crowds of over 10,000 people on a microphone

- Comfortable announcing complex names from a variety of ethnic backgrounds

- Able to attend all home hockey games

- Available to attend appropriate pre-game meetings

- Receptive to both positive and negative feedback

- Ability to be spontaneous and react quickly as appropriate

- Comfortable working closely with marketing and other staff members

- Must be able to record Voiceovers from home and deliver recordings via file transfer service

- Experience working as a PA announcer in collegiate sports, television, or radio preferred, but not required

- Bilingual a plus

Auditions will be taking place at the BB&T Center on Wednesday, August 26th at 4:30PM

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

PA Announcer spotlight - Jon Franklin - Duke University


I stumbled on to your page and enjoyed the reads. My name is Jon Franklin and I'm on the Announcing staff at Duke University for M/W Soccer, Wrestling, and Baseball (and whatever they want me to do). I started in announcing when I was 13 years old and and have been announcing for the past 22 years. I also announce locally for Fellowship Baptist Academy basketball and serve as FBA's Sports Information Director. I've announced virtually every team sport in HS/College athletics and have worked in some non-scholastic roles in pro wrestling (ring announcer) and in women's flat track roller derby.  

I am about to undertake the national certification program with NASPAA (National Association of Sports Public Address Announcers) to help me score bigger gigs, but also have landed gigs with the ACC and NCAA.

Anyways, I just wanted to reach out and thank you for the blog and maybe we can have a dialogue in the realm of PA Announcing to help better ourselves and others behind the mic.


Jon Franklin