UW Opens Search For Football Public Address Announcer
Feb. 29, 2008
SEATTLE - For the first time since the late 1940s, the University of Washington athletic department is conducting an open search for a new public address announcer for Husky football.
Just two men, Wendell Broyles and Lou Gellermann, have served Husky fans as the in-stadium voice of the Washington football program since 1949. Beginning today, the athletic department is accepting applications for the position and plans to unveil the program's new announcer at the annual Spring Football Game on Saturday, April 26.
Qualified applicants are asked to submit a letter of application, resume, references and a .mp3 file that provides a sample of their abilities no later than March 14. A position description is available online by clicking here.
"The public address announcer is such an important part of the Washington game day experience," said acting director of athletics Scott Woodward. "We want to make sure we get the right person who can identify with our fans and complement the uniquely special atmosphere of Husky Stadium on home football Saturdays. The job is certainly more than just announcing what happens on the field. College football game day is a highly orchestrated event and it takes a special talent to pull it all together."
Broyles served as the UW football PA announcer beginning in 1949 while he was the athletic department's sports information director. In 1985, after 35 seasons, he passed the microphone to stadium internal press box announcer Gellermann.
The popular Gellermann, who was recognized for his trademark "Hello Dawg Fans" greeting prior to each game, retired from his position prior to the Ohio State game last September. UW's men's basketball announcer, Eric Radovich, served as the stadium's public address announcer for the final six games of the 2007 season. The UW honored Gellermann as a Husky Legend at the Apple Cup game on Thanksgiving weekend.
Washington opens spring practice on Thursday, April 3 and will conduct a total of 15 practice sessions, culminating with the annual spring game on April 26. The Huskies open the 2008 season on August 30 in a conference game at the University of Oregon.
Season ticket renewals are due to the Husky Ticket Office on March 3. Fans wishing to purchase season tickets for the first time can currently place a deposit with the Husky Ticket Office. Once the renewal process has been completed, new season tickets will be sold and allocated.
For the second year in a row, Washington will play seven home games as part of a schedule that is considered one of the toughest in the nation. In addition to games in Husky Stadium against Pacific-10 Conference opponents Arizona State, Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA, the Huskies will host non-league games against Brigham Young University, Oklahoma and Notre Dame.
Five of UW's home opponents appeared in bowl games last season. Among its three non-league opponents, BYU has the nation's longest win streak and Big 12 Conference champion Oklahoma advanced to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl for the second straight season.
Single game tickets are expected to go on sale July 28.