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By Vivienne Machi | April 4, 2012
Ryan Wagner is living proof that your dream job is out there. The 26-year-old Baltimore native and lifelong Orioles fan was recently hired as Camden Yard's public address announcer, and cannot be more thrilled about kicking off the new season Friday. "Baseball has been a love of mine for as long as I can remember," he said. "My family are all Orioles fans, and my fandom was instilled in me at a very young age. " This isn't the first dream job he's landed, either, having been one of two lucky guys to actually get paid by MLB to watch every game of the 2011 season, interact with the players, and blog, tweet and post videos about them, in the Fan Cave in New York City.
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September 27, 2012
When the Orioles were looking for a new public address announcer last spring and mentioned that they'd need someone available to work post-season games, most of us chuckled - we should live so long, and be so lucky, we said. Yet here we are; not in the playoffs yet, assuming nothing before it's time, but so elated, charmed, and thoroughly surprised that we can barely contain our smiles. Reluctantly, we're starting to ask, "Why Not?" We're explaining to loved ones who missed the glory years how great the O's used to be, and how great is the feeling of an inspiring team that seems bound to uplift us, rather than disappoint.
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April 4, 2012
Ryan Wagner is living proof that your dream job is out there, and it can be yours with hard work and perseverance. The 26-year-old Baltimore native and lifelong Orioles fan was recently hired as Camden Yard's new public address announcer, and cannot be more thrilled about kicking off the new season this Friday. "Baseball has been a love of mine for as long as I can remember. " He said. "My family are all Orioles fans, and my fandom was instilled in me at a very young age. I grew up a short distance from Memorial Stadium and spent every summer of my life either playing, watching, or following the game.
NEWS
April 4, 2012
Ryan Wagner is living proof that your dream job is out there, and it can be yours with hard work and perseverance. The 26-year-old Baltimore native and lifelong Orioles fan was recently hired as Camden Yard's new public address announcer, and cannot be more thrilled about kicking off the new season this Friday. "Baseball has been a love of mine for as long as I can remember. " He said. "My family are all Orioles fans, and my fandom was instilled in me at a very young age. I grew up a short distance from Memorial Stadium and spent every summer of my life either playing, watching, or following the game.
NEWS
August 13, 1997
BALTIMORE baseball fans knew Rex Barney as the entertaining public address announcer at Oriole games since the 1970s, famed for his signature "Give that fan a contract!" and elongated "Thank youuuu!" He was also a sports radio personality, author and a regular at charity events.Yet Rex Barney achieved his greatest glory as a hard-throwing but wild pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers. When he tossed a no-hitter against the arch-rival New York Giants in 1948 in the heat of a pennant race, he was the toast of Flatbush and touted as a budding superstar.
SPORTS
June 9, 1995
Major-league owners yesterday decided to take steps to speed up the playing of baseball games by adopting most of the recommendations from former umpire Steve Palermo.The changes that will go into effect on July 12:* Umpires will be empowered to keep hitters from stepping out of the batter's box between pitches.* The break between half-innings will go from 2 minutes, 15 seconds to 1:45.* Public address announcers will introduce the first hitter of each half-inning 1:15 after the final out of the previous inning.
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By Milton Kent and Maureen Sack and Milton Kent and Maureen Sack,Sun Staff Writers | April 20, 1994
It seemed like Memorial Stadium times at Camden Yards last night, what with the public address system blaring "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" during the seventh-inning stretch and Wild Bill Hagy contorting his frame to lead the "Orioles" cheer.The "Country Boy" music is hardly new, having been restored to the musical repertoire this season with the presence of local ownership, but Hagy's appearance was a bolt from the blue.Hagy, he of the ample girth, balding pate and straw hat, rose from his seat in section 12 in the sixth inning, waved his hat, as in days of old, then shaped his body into the letters O-R-I-O-L-E-S to a rousing cheer.
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By JEFF SEIDEL and JEFF SEIDEL,Special to The Sun | May 30, 2007
Al Smith sat in the Hughes Stadium press box at Morgan State University with both hands around the small microphone. His eyes scanned the track three stories below, shifting only to glance at information handed to him. "Final call, 3,200-meter run. Final call," he intoned in his deep baritone. Smith calls out the information that keeps so many big track and field meets rolling and is the one that so many high school athletes have heard over the years. The Severna Park resident, 66, has been doing public address announcing for major high school sporting events, like last weekend's Maryland public high school state championship meet, and wrestling, for more than 25 years.
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By Steve Jones | February 13, 2012
Matthew Byars' voice is well-known to his students and colleagues at St. Paul's School. It may be recognized by a much larger audience soon. On Feb. 11, Byars was one of 25 semifinalists who participated in an open competition to determine the new public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles. The 43-year old Towson resident made the trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to compete against the likes of Lutherville's Chris Ely, a well-known Baltimore broadcaster who worked at WJZ-TV and WBAL-TV, and Chris Panzarella, a Cockeysville resident and graduate student at Loyola University, for the honor of being the Orioles' new voice.
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By Steve Jones | February 19, 2012
Kirk McEwen wasn't nervous when he entered the radio booth at Oriole Park last Saturday. The Sykesville resident had been behind a microphone a few thousand times during a long broadcasting career. But this was different. McEwen was one of 25 semifinalists who participated in an open competition on Feb. 11 to determine the new public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles. Even though he wasn't among the eight finalists chosen by Orioles' officials, McEwen will remember the experience.
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By Vivienne Machi | April 4, 2012
Ryan Wagner is living proof that your dream job is out there. The 26-year-old Baltimore native and lifelong Orioles fan was recently hired as Camden Yard's public address announcer, and cannot be more thrilled about kicking off the new season Friday. "Baseball has been a love of mine for as long as I can remember," he said. "My family are all Orioles fans, and my fandom was instilled in me at a very young age. " This isn't the first dream job he's landed, either, having been one of two lucky guys to actually get paid by MLB to watch every game of the 2011 season, interact with the players, and blog, tweet and post videos about them, in the Fan Cave in New York City.
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By Steve Jones | February 19, 2012
Kirk McEwen wasn't nervous when he entered the radio booth at Oriole Park last Saturday. The Sykesville resident had been behind a microphone a few thousand times during a long broadcasting career. But this was different. McEwen was one of 25 semifinalists who participated in an open competition on Feb. 11 to determine the new public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles. Even though he wasn't among the eight finalists chosen by Orioles' officials, McEwen will remember the experience.
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By Steve Jones | February 13, 2012
Matthew Byars' voice is well-known to his students and colleagues at St. Paul's School. It may be recognized by a much larger audience soon. On Feb. 11, Byars was one of 25 semifinalists who participated in an open competition to determine the new public address announcer for the Baltimore Orioles. The 43-year old Towson resident made the trip to Oriole Park at Camden Yards to compete against the likes of Lutherville's Chris Ely, a well-known Baltimore broadcaster who worked at WJZ-TV and WBAL-TV, and Chris Panzarella, a Cockeysville resident and graduate student at Loyola University, for the honor of being the Orioles' new voice.
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Peter Schmuck | February 11, 2012
The Orioles are searching for the voice of a new generation, and Oriole Park vibrated Saturday with the sounds of the 25 semifinalists who are hoping to become the full-time public address announcer for the team's 20th anniversary season at Camden Yards. The competition began with 670 hopefuls - some of whom produced their audition recordings at FanFest in the hope of replacing Dave McGowan, who stepped down in December after 14 seasons. The candidates who showed up on this wintry afternoon included a surprisingly diverse cross-section of the Orioles fan base and the local media.
SPORTS
December 21, 2011
The Orioles are seeking a new public address announcer for games at Camden Yards. David McGowan is leaving the position after 14 seasons to pursue a career change. “I feel so fortunate to have played even a small role in helping Orioles fans enjoy major league baseball in the best ballpark in the country. It has truly been a privilege getting to serve the fans of Baltimore and to work for the Orioles organization.” The new PA announcer will deliver all public address greetings, player introductions and other game-day announcements.
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By JEFF SEIDEL and JEFF SEIDEL,Special to The Sun | May 30, 2007
Al Smith sat in the Hughes Stadium press box at Morgan State University with both hands around the small microphone. His eyes scanned the track three stories below, shifting only to glance at information handed to him. "Final call, 3,200-meter run. Final call," he intoned in his deep baritone. Smith calls out the information that keeps so many big track and field meets rolling and is the one that so many high school athletes have heard over the years. The Severna Park resident, 66, has been doing public address announcing for major high school sporting events, like last weekend's Maryland public high school state championship meet, and wrestling, for more than 25 years.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,Staff Writer | April 3, 1993
ATLANTA -- The most interesting thing about the 10 basketball players on the Kodak Women's All-America team announced yesterday may be who is not on the list.For only the second time since an All-America team has been announced and the first time in seven years, no player from the Atlantic Coast Conference made the squad.The selection panel of coaches from across the country ignored Maryland center Jessie Hicks and Virginia center Heather Burge, the ACC Player of the Year, as well as Virginia guard Dena Evans, the Most Valuable Player of the ACC tournament.
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Peter Schmuck | February 11, 2012
The Orioles are searching for the voice of a new generation, and Oriole Park vibrated Saturday with the sounds of the 25 semifinalists who are hoping to become the full-time public address announcer for the team's 20th anniversary season at Camden Yards. The competition began with 670 hopefuls - some of whom produced their audition recordings at FanFest in the hope of replacing Dave McGowan, who stepped down in December after 14 seasons. The candidates who showed up on this wintry afternoon included a surprisingly diverse cross-section of the Orioles fan base and the local media.
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By John-John Williams IV | February 18, 2007
A discussion about a pending renovation project and sewage problems at Mount Hebron attracted more than 200 people to the high school's auditorium for two hours Monday evening. Top school system administrators favor a $49.8 million plan that would include mechanical upgrades, full systemic renovations and an expansion of the school's art, athletic and administrative offices. But concerned parents wanted the school system to further investigate other options, according to Cindy Arlinger, the Mount Hebron PTSA president, who attended the meeting.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | October 18, 2001
As one of the worst crabbing seasons on record ends, the state Department of Natural Resources has scheduled three public meetings to discuss options for new restrictions for next season. Maryland, Virginia and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission have agreed to reduce their annual blue crab harvests by 15 percent over three years. This year, Maryland officials estimated that they cut the harvest by 5 percent. It is unclear what shape new restrictions might take. They could include shortening the season, requiring watermen to take additional days off, increasing minimum sizes of crabs, and limiting harvests or gear.
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