Sunday, October 19, 2014

High school PA Announcers must now follow new national guidelines

CHARLESTON, WV – High school basketball fans may hear a change in how their team’s game is called by the public address announcer starting this season.

That’s because the National Federation of State High School Associations is switching things up.

The West Virginia Secondary Schools Activities Commission is a member of the NFSH. That body has set new guidelines for PA announcers that bans them from saying things such as the number of points scored by a player, the type of foul or violation and even the “emphatic” announcement of who scored a two or three point goal.

The goal of the new point of emphasis is to promote good sportsmanship and make sure announcers are “champions of character.”

Public Address man shares tricks of the trade

Over the course of 30-plus years I have had the pleasure to announce basketball and football at Binghamton and Chenango Valley. I also have done every game for the STOP-DWI Holiday Classic here in Binghamton and been a part of the NYSPHSAA girls basketball championships in the Albany area.

A few years back I started at Binghamton University doing wrestling and volleyball, and splitting the soccer and lacrosse schedule.  

Being a public address announcer is one of the best "jobs" one could have. You get the best seat in the house, and get to watch various sports events, which in most cases I attend anyway.

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John Pritchett has seen, said it all in 50 years as PA announcer

Lancaster track coach Beverly Humphrey loves to hear John Pritchett announce her school’s name. Just the way he says Lancaster at the UIL state track and field meet, stretching out the first syllable, feels special.
Laaaain-kister. As in the Lancaster girls team just won a race, set a record, or as is often the case, won another state title.  
Pritchett has said that many times in his 31 years as the public-address announcer for the UIL state meet. But Pritchett, in a 50-year run as an announcer that has included thousands of Dallas ISD sporting events, has said just about everything many times.
And, at 81, Pritchett still loves doing it. Every sport, every event, every venue — it always feels new and exciting. It shows in his enthusiastic voice, a gravelly-tinged Texas drawl that is commanding, entertaining and strong.
“I get hoarse sometimes,” Pritchett said, “but once I turn that microphone on, it usually clears up.”
Pritchett is the announcer at Dallas ISD’s Kincaide Stadium and Davis Fieldhouse, but his voice can be heard in many other places. Pritchett doesn’t know how many events he’ll announce during this school year, but even a conservative estimate is pretty astounding.

Monday, October 6, 2014

UH basketball to hold PA announcer, national anthem tryouts

The University of Houston Men’s and Women’s Basketball programs will hold tryouts for public address announcers and national anthem singers inside Hofheinz Pavilion later this month.

Singers will be asked to perform a rendition of the national anthem, while public address announcers should be prepared to read from a prepared marketing script and introduce starting lineups for judges.

Interested participants should email their reservations to Director of Basketball Marketing and Promotions Darron Pinkney at by 5 p.m., Oct. 12. After submitting RSVPs, participants will be emailed tryout date, location and arrival time.

In 2014-15, the Men’s Basketball program will play host to 17 regular-season home games and an exhibition contest, while the Women’s program will compete 13 times in front of the hometown fans inside Hofheinz Pavilion.   

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Former Eagles PA announcer Dan Baker denied chance to thank fans

The Eagles, nearly run out of the Linc by lowly Jacksonville in a desultory 17-0 first half, rebounded to defeat the Jaguars 34-17 on Sunday.
But where was Dan Baker?
The West Deptford resident, unceremoniously cut loose by the Eagles last May after 29 years as the team's public address announcer, was honored by them between the first and second quarters at the opener.
After 29 years, you would think the affable Baker would be canonized.
He never missed a single game, regular season or exhibition, among the nearly 300 he was scheduled to work. His loyalties have never been questioned.

Arizona to Hold Men's Basketball PA Announcer Search

The University of Arizona Department of the Intercollegiate Athletics is currently hosting pre-registration for an open casting call for individuals interested in serving as the men’s basketball public address announcer for the 2014-15 season.
This position will contribute to the high-energy atmosphere and excitement of Wildcats basketball in the newly-renovated McKale Center. This position will be compensated on a per-game basis.
All submissions must be received by Friday, Sept. 19, at 5 p.m. MST.
All pre-registrants will be reviewed and scored based off of audio recordings submitted and PA experience listed. The highest-scoring applicants will be considered finalists and will advance to a final round of live auditions at McKale Center. At that time, finalists will be judged based off of their in-person audition at McKale Center.
Questions may be directed to Dan Heck, associate director of marketing, via email ( or phone (520-621-0054).

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.