announcers can’t save
but they can
ruin good ones
At 13 years old – possibly 14 and maybe even 12, records aren’t clear – I was given a microphone and tasked with announcing a junior varsity basketball game. I had pitched it as a morale booster for the JV squad, They worked as hard as the varsity, they deserve a taste of the spotlight, or so went my pitch to the vice-principal/AD/coach.
Truth is I desperately wanted mic time.
He bought it and I was off and running, eventually taking over varsity duties as “Voice of the Don’s [sic – and a long story]”
Fast forward to today, where between sports, events, and voiceover, I’ve racked up too many “Voice of…” titles to count. Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about announcing specifically and events in general. I’ll share a few lessons here to establish my bona fides and give you something for your time spent here.