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.