Wizards Select New PA Announcer


Congratulations are in order to Ralph Wesley, who beat out over 200 applicants for Washington’s PA announcer job. Here’s some more info. on how the auditions went down, from washingtonpost.com:

More than 200 hopefuls applied for the gig; 50 were asked to try out and 16 made the final cut. Leonsis sat in one of the upper rows, eyes closed, listening for a voice that “wears well. I really do think fans can smell authenticity a mile away.” Applicants read from a script introducing each player, ad-libbed the “kiss-cam” and other duties. The mood was pretty intense, except when forward Andray Blatche sauntered in and sat down at the mike. “I was just messing with you,” he said with a grin. “I can’t do it.”

The Wizards brass expected one exceptional voice to dominate the competition. Instead, they narrowed the field to five men, and went into overtime: Each contestant had to man up for one final interview to gauge his basketball knowledge. On Tuesday, the team announced a winner, who was right under its nose the whole time: D.C. native Ralph Wesley, 26, the current PA announcer for the Washington Mystics. Yeah, he just made about a zillion new friends.

Ralph certainly has his hands full covering both the Mystics and the Wizards.

It must be a great feeling to know that you have an awesome voice. Can’t wait to hear him announce some big buckets from John Wall, Gilbert Arenas, and the whole gang this season.

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