Orioles select new public address announcer

The hunt for a new voice of the Orioles has come to an end.

The Orioles announced Tuesday they have selected Ryan Wagner, a lifelong Orioles fan, to be the new public address announcer replacing Dave McGowan.

Wagner, originally from Baltimore, was chosen from a field of 670 applicants, according to the team's release.

Wagner was Major League Baseball's Fan Cave resident last season.

"As a lifelong Orioles fan, being named the Voice of Oriole Park at Camden Yards is indescribably amazing," Wagner said in the release. "I spent my childhood attending games at Camden Yards, often pretending to be Rex Barney or David McGowan announcing Orioles legends. I will never forget the happiness and excitement I felt when I became a member of the Orioles organization, and I promise every Oriole fan that they will hear my very best effort, every time they come to the greatest ballpark in professional baseball."

Wagner will be the team's third public address announcer in Oriole Park history, succeeding McGowan and Rex Barney.

Of selecting Wagner, Orioles director of communications Greg Bader said, "From a vast and diverse field of well qualified applicants, Ryan distinguished himself as the clear choice to be the new voice of Oriole Park. Ryan's traditional delivery is a style familiar to Orioles fans, and he brings an energy and freshness that we know people attending a game at Camden Yards will enjoy. The authenticity of Ryan's voice and his smooth delivery are what stood out the most to us."

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