Brandon Chase – Managing Editor
There are many reasons I don’t want to graduate from Lasell yet. I feel comfortable in my surroundings and all my friends are here. However, one of the reasons is because I have the best job on campus as one of the two public address announcers for the Athletic Department.
I started the job in the Spring 2011 semester, but I had considered myself a seasoned public address veteran well before then. My love for announcing first began when I was about six years old when I attended a Springfield Falcons hockey game. As the lights dimmed and the Alan Parsons Project’s “Eye in the Sky” (better known as the intro for the Jordan-era Chicago Bulls) played over the loudspeakers, I heard the deep, enthusiastic voice from the underworld bellow the starting lineup and it immediately caught my ears. I thought to myself, “man, I really want this job.”
So as the years went on, I began handling announcing duties at my local Little League fields when I wasn’t playing. I loved sitting high up in the booth and being in control of a part of the game while hearing my voice pronounce so many different names. I’ve always felt my excellent knowledge of the English language made me well-suited for this job.
When I was given the job of public address announcer full-time for the Athletic Department starting in my junior, it has been a job I’ve never wanted to leave. The little kid in me comes out as the clock winds down and I begin to pump up the crowd. Pronouncing the names of the visiting starting lineup can be tough, but I enjoy the challenge. Since beginning the job, I’ve received many compliments from students and faculty on my speaking voice and it’s now something I hold in high regard.
Basketball season is always my favorite. Yelling out a player’s name after a made shot always gets me going and it makes me feel like I’m sitting courtside at TD Garden. For any sane person, it may seem like just another way to make money, but for the sports fan who loves public speaking like me, it’s just plain fun.
When Red Sox public address announcer Carl Beane passed away in May, I was deeply saddened. Not only because he was the man behind the mic for my favorite team, but because he grew up in my hometown of Agawam, Mass. Every time I turned the microphone on before a game, I would always think of his deep, booming voice and clear, concise speaking skills. I guess you could say he’s a bit of an inspiration to me.
Throughout college, I’ve developed a love of and affinity for public speaking, and I believe that has been driven by everything I’ve done for the Athletic Department. I might be a quiet guy in conversation, but if you give me a microphone and a sporting event, it’s tough for me to shut up. Something tells me that in the near future, the Red Sox will be getting an application to be the new voice of Fenway Park with my name on it.