Saturday, January 10, 2015
Oak Harbor High school PA announcer celebrates 25 years behind the microphone
“Hello, ‘Cat fans.”
This familiar greeting from public address announcer Jay Long welcomes the crowd at each Oak Harbor High school football and basketball game.
What started out as a fill-in gig for Long turned into a 25-year performance.
Long was asked to substitute for the regular announcer at the final Oak Harbor football game in 1989.
The following fall he was offered the job permanently by then-athletic director Stan Nelson, becoming just the third football announcer since 1950.
The legendary John Vanderzicht handled the microphone from 1950-79; Ted Knutson followed from 1980-89.
Long, a 1969 Oak Harbor High School graduate, majored in radio/TV broadcasting at the University of Washington.
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