With the start of March, spring is around the corner and that means that baseball season is exactly one month away from opening day.
One major piece of seeing a Cubs game live at Wrigley Field is the importance of the public address announce, which for the most part of the past sixteen years has been Paul Friedman, who is stepping down as the public address announcer.
Friedman, who along with Wayne Messmer (also the golden voice before many Cubs, Wolves, Blackhawks games) and Mike Terson (P.A. announcer for the Wolves) split up the duties before Paul became the main voice for the job in most recent seasons.
The reason this all matters to regular Joe Schmo's is that the Cubs have opened the job search to anyone that would like to apply.
Audio or video applications are being taken today through Monday, March 7th at Cubs.CareerBuilder.com. Finalists will be chosen by Monday, March 14th and the winner by the end of the month.
No prior experience is necessary, but obviously is preferred.
Here are a few requirements/qualifications from the posting:
- Strong vocal talent, excellent enunciation skills
- Strong public speaking skills and ability to speak extemporaneously to large crowds
- Strong knowledge of baseball
- Must be available for all Chicago Cubs 81 regular season home games, makeup games, tie breaker games, play-off games and non-game day events. Schedule includes nights, weekends, non-traditional hours and holidays, as needed
- Ability to work outdoors during periods of extreme weather
- Prior experience working as a Public Address Announcer in collegiate or professional sports (television or radio preferred)
- Interest in supporting Cubs' community and charitable efforts a plus
So if you are a diamond in the rough (or have always pretended to be the voice of a team in your bedroom or backyard), here is your chance to make all those dreams come true.
Good luck to us all and who knows...the janitor or quiet guy/girl in your office could have the job of a lifetime by the end of the month!