Atlanta Braves auditioning for PA announcer--NY Times
"The signature moment for each candidate was applying the right emotion to Chipper Jones’s name when reading the starting lineup from a script. He is the biggest baseball star in town, so each candidate understood the importance of making the name sound special.
The crescendo of “Chipper Joooooooooones” must have been heard for blocks around Turner Field.
“Got to get that name right,” said one candidate, Al Gay, who has announced high school and college sports events, but whose full-time job is selling custom wheels for cars.
Evaluating the candidates from seats in the stadium were Mike Plant, the executive vice president of business operations; Derek Schiller, the senior vice president of sales and marketing; and other members of the Braves’ marketing and game staffs. The Braves said a decision would be made within the next several days. The job is a seasonal position with no contract, and it will pay $200 to $500 a game, depending on experience.
Schiller knows a good public address announcer when he hears one. He was with the Yankees from 1996 to 1997 as a vice president of business development. Bob Sheppard has been the public address announcer at Yankee Stadium for more than 50 years."From NY Times article by Ray Glier, 3/23/07, "Braves Cast a Wide Net in Finding a Franchise Voice." This gets you to their cookies page. Tweet Stumbleupon StumbleUpon