Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sam Lagana Gives the Los Angeles Rams a Voice

Imagine your childhood team breaks your heart by leaving your city. You think it’s over. Then, triumph. They return 22 years later. And not only do you get to watch your memories come to life again, but that very same team offers you a job as their PA announcer.

Although this sounds unreal, that story isn’t a hypothetical situation for Pepperdine’s Executive Vice Chancellor Sam Lagana.  


Lagana received the job opportunity of a lifetime when he was approached to be the PA announcer for the Los Angeles Rams. Lagana, a native of West LA, said, because of his childhood obsession with the team, he jumped at the offer.

“I’m absolutely a Rams fan,” Lagana said. “I grew up going to games with my dad when I was a little guy — my dad passed away when I was 13 — and I remember going with my neighbor. I even have a Deacon Jones-autographed football. I also remember when the Rams left. Even to go to Anaheim!”

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Grizzlies welcome back in-arena voice John Paul Stevenson to Memphis as the team’s interim Public Address Announcer for the 2016-17 season

The Memphis Grizzlies today announced that former Grizzlies Public Address Announcer John Paul Stevenson will return to Memphis as the team’s interim public address announcer for the 2016-17 season, beginning with the Oct. 3 preseason game vs. Orlando. Stevenson last served as the team’s full-time public address announcer from 2001-2006 before spending the last 10 seasons with the Houston Rockets.  

“John Paul is an important figure in Memphis Grizzlies history,” said Jason Potter, director of content and live entertainment for the Memphis Grizzlies. “He completely understands the spirit of Grizz Nation and knows how to captivate not just any audience – but a Memphis audience - through the live experience.”

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Alabama prep PA announcer: "If you don't stand for anthem, you should be shot"


A Southern Baptist Pastor who moonlights as a high school football announcer in Alabama raised eyebrows with an unscripted preamble in support of military personnel … and against anyone who doesn’t want to pay what he deems as proper homage to the flag.

As reported by AL.com, the McKenzie High announcer Pastor Allen Joyner offered up a strong rebuke of any who have refused to stand for the national anthem, as originally posted by Denise Crowley-Whitfield on Facebook Friday night. Here’s what Joyner reportedly said:

“If you don’t want to stand for the national anthem, you can line up over there by the fence and let our military personnel take a few shots at you since they’re taking shots for you.”

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Memphis Grizzlies Fire PA Announcer Accused Of Taking Photos At Church


Taking upskirt photos of women at church is no way to get through life. Or keep a job, as the Memphis Grizzlies’ former public address announcer has learned all too painfully.


Rick Trotter was fired by the Grizzlies back in July after nearly 10 years with the organization. But that decision hadn’t been formally announced until Tuesday, when Memphis police issued a warrant for Trotter’s arrest on four charges of photographing without consent. The photos in question were taken at the Downtown Church, where Trotter was also employed. The church fired him two days prior to the arrest warrant being issued.

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Broncos announce new stadium P.A. announcer


DENVER — The Denver Broncos have hired Conor McGahey as the new public address announcer for the team’s home games beginning with the 2016 NFL season.

McGahey, a Colorado-native, has 16 years of experience in public address announcing, sports production and broadcasting.


“What an absolute honor it is to be named the public address announcer for the Denver Broncos, a team I am very passionate about,” McGahey said. “The Broncos are on top of the mountain, not only in this state but in the professional sports landscape and to be selected as the public address announcer for Broncos Country is nothing short of a great honor.”

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Meet the New Voice of Husker Football, Beatrice’s Own Nate Rohr


Nate Rohr has been named the new Public Address Announcer for Nebraska football games this fall. He is a native of Beatrice, attending Beatrice High School and even performing PA Announcer duties at the school.  
“I’ve heard from a lot of people over the last couple of days, a lot of encouragement, a lot of people excited, people who knew me in high school doing the public address announcing for Beatrice athletics, plenty of my classmates and even some people I might not have know, but are proud a Beatrice person is going to be a big part of football Saturdays,” declared Rohr.

Maple Leafs silence Andy Frost as public address announcer


Andy Frost is out as the public address announcer at Maple Leaf games at the Air Canada Centre.

Frost tweeted as much and a Leafs spokesman confirmed it. 

Frost told the Star team president Brendan Shanahan told him it was not a “firing” but the team was “simply not renewing” his contract.

“Cool with me!” Frost tweeted.

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Monday, June 13, 2016

PA Voice of Golden State Warriors Belongs to an Aztec

Golden State Warriors PA announcer Matthew Hurwitz ('93) began his announcing career as a student at SDSU.

If you’re following the NBA finals between the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers, at the start of the games in Oakland you might have seen the television reporters pitch to the Warriors’ public address announcer,Matthew Hurwitz, to introduce the players.  

What you may not have realized is that Hurwitz (’93) holds a degree in speech communication from SDSU and discovered his knack for announcing in an unexpected way at an Aztec sporting event. 

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Dan Smith shines as longtime PA voice of Long Beach St.

Dan Smith’s eyes lit up when the subject was broached. The longtime voice of Long Beach State had just been asked to talk about the first and second rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament in 1990 that were played at Long Beach Arena and included Loyola Marymount University.
Smith was PA announcer for those games, which were played just days after the March 4 death of LMU star Hank Gathers during the West Coast Conference Tournament. 
“In 30 years of announcing, without question the biggest game I ever did was that Michigan-Loyola Marymount game,” Smith said of No. 11-seeded LMU’s 149-115 upset of third-seeded Michigan in the second round. “It was amazing. ESPN’s done a couple of ‘30 for 30’ (films), one on the Hank Gathers story and one on (LMU coach) Paul Westhead. Both of them actually used my voice in them, which is really cool for me.
“I actually watched the Paul Westhead one just the past month. I still get chills when (Bo) Kimble hits that first left-handed free throw. The place was just crazy.”

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Longtime Saints PA announcer Jerry Romig dies at 86

It’s hard to say who, through the many years of New Orleans Saints football, would be considered the organization’s face.


But there’s no doubt who the voice is: Jerry Romig.

Romig, who was the Saints’ public-address announcer for 44 years (from 1969 to 2013) and through 446 straight games in addition to other sporting events at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and Tulane Stadium, died Wednesday at home with his family near after an extended illness. He was 86.

Saints owner Tom Benson said in a statement when Romig retired two years ago that “Jerry’s voice is embedded in our game experience.”

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