A good public address announcer is accurate and informative. A great one does that while entertaining and even connecting with fans.
For Wisconsin Badgers basketball fans, there’s nothing like seeing Bo Ryan’s players sink a three-pointer — especially at the Kohl Center — because when you’re at the game or watching it on TV, you can’t miss the unmistakable voice of public address announcer Mike Mahnke.
It all started with Mahnke was hosting a radio show back in 1991. A buddy of his was doing PA for the Badgers women’s basketball team, and he needed a sub.
“They said ‘we kinda like what you’re doing. You wanna come back for the next one — and the next one, and the next one? So I finished the season, and next year, they asked me if I wanted to do women’s basketball and volleyball,” Mahnke said. read rest of article