O’s begin search to replace departing McGowan as PA voice of Camden Yards

The Baltimore Orioles are looking for the new voice of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The search is on for a public address announcer for home games at Oriole Park beginning in 2012, the ballpark’s 20th Anniversary season.

The new public address announcer will be only the third in Camden Yards history, following Rex Barney (1992-97) and David McGowan (1998-2011). After 14 seasons as public address announcer at Camden Yards, McGowan has stepped down from the position due to a change in his availability. “It is with great sadness that I must step down as public address announcer due to a career change,” McGowan said. “I feel so fortunate to have played even a small role in helping Orioles fans enjoy major league baseball in the best ballpark in the country. It has truly been a privilege getting to serve the fans of Baltimore and to work for the Orioles organization.”

The public address announcer’s responsibilities include delivering all public address greetings, player introductions and other gameday announcements. The PA announcer works closely with Orioles Productions staff to create a fan-friendly and entertaining experience for fans at Camden Yards.

The ideal candidate will have a strong voice with excellent enunciation skills. Prior experience working as an announcer in a collegiate or professional sports setting is preferred. Applicants must be available for all 81 home games, as well as any make-up dates or postseason games, starting at least two hours before the scheduled game time. A complete job description can be found at www.orioles.com/voice. Those interested in applying for the position should visit the website to submit a voice recording based on the provided sample gameday script. Submissions will also be accepted via mail at Voice of Camden Yards Audition, 333 West Camden Street, Baltimore, MD 21201. Entries must be received by January 25, 2012.