Here's another change for the 20th anniversary season at Camden Yards: The Orioles are searching for a new voice to replace veteran public address announcer David McGowan, who has announced he will step down from his duties after 14 seasons.
"It is with great sadness that I must step down as public address announcer due to a career change," McGowan said in a team-issued statement. "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."
Since Camden Yards opened in 1992, there have been only two PA voices: Rex Barney (1992-97) and McGowan (1997-2011). Now the Orioles will seek a new voice of the franchise to deliver 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 the ballpark.
Maybe you think you have the right stuff to step into the highly visible position being vacated by McGowan? According to the team, 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 Web site 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 W. Camden Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201. Entries must be received by Jan. 25.