Padres host open tryout for new PA announcer

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SAN DIEGO — Do you love baseball and have a booming voice?  The Padres team is hosting its first open call for a public address announcer in 14 years.

It’s the first time ever an open call has been held  at Petco Park.  The try-outs will be held Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

PetcoAnnouncerI always thought that would be so cool,” said San Diegan Ashley Lake. “I thought I had the voice for it.”

Petco officials aren’t sure how many people will show up but they’ve gotten word people are flying in from places like Chicago and Cincinnati.  It’s first come, first served so getting there early is advised.

“We want somebody that knows baseball; that understands the play,” said Padres Director of Entertainment and Production. “We want to find that deep booming voice that we think can represent the Padres and Petco Park for many hers to come.

The last open call was in 2000 at Qualcomm Stadium.  PA announcer hopefuls will read a script on the field in front of the other candidates and a panel of judges.  Once the finalists are chosen fans will have a say during Padres Fan Fest on February 8.

“When we get down the road to say five or six finalists, they`ll be able to actually vote and we`ll take that feedback seriously because we really want this to be interactive for the fans,” said Meyer.

He said applicants should relax but also take the opportunity seriously.

“There are really only 30 of them around the country so it’s a really exciting opportunity for that one person,” he said.

Applicants must be 18 or older, but other than that anyone can apply.

“Read slowly when you get the script think a lot of people have a tendency to rush through things,” Meyer advised. “Enjoy it. Allow your voice to be your personality.”

Contestants that don’t get a chance to audition still have the opportunity to apply.  You can send a recording that is less than three minutes long to the email address nextpaannouncer@padres.com

To view the scripts for the try-outs click here.

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