The man behind the mic Reply

Brandon ChaseManaging 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.

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