San Diego, California - The San Diego Padres announced the Top 50 candidates in the search for the next Petco Park public address announcer. The group was selected from nearly 800 in-person auditions and online submissions.

Nearly half of the Top 50 candidates had the opportunity to showcase their skills last month at Padres FanFest presented by State Farm. The remaining group will do the same on March 15 during the "Swing for your Seats" home run challenge at Petco Park.

The Top 50 includes 45 men and five women from all over San Diego County and Southern California, and even across the United States, with candidates from as far away as Texas, Ohio, Georgia and New Hampshire. The group ranges from professional and amateur announcers and radio DJ's to retirees, small business owners and even a professional wrestler.

"The diversity of our Top 50 is a reflection of the great diversity of San Diego," said Padres SVP/Chief Marketing Officer Wayne Partello. "We're taking this search very seriously because this individual will be the voice of Petco Park."

Each of the Top 50 candidates will have the opportunity to announce at least one batter over the course of two exhibition games against the Cleveland Indians at the University of San Diego on March 28 and March 29. The Padres will narrow the field to the Top 30 prior to the start of the regular season on Sunday, March 30. During the first series against Los Angeles (March 30-April 2), each of the Top 30 will have the chance to announce part of a regular season game at Petco Park.

Padres fans will then have a say in who moves on. There will be a fan vote online and via social media in early April to help narrow down the field from 30 to the Top 10. Those 10 finalists will each announce additional parts of a Padres game between April 11 and April 20 before the pool is narrowed to the Top 3. As their final tryout, each of the three will announce a full game. Petco Park's next public address announcer will be announced during the series against the San Francisco Giants (April 18-20).

"We had an overwhelming amount of talented candidates try out," said Partello. "After reviewing the auditions multiple times, we decided to extend the timeline to ensure that each candidate is thoroughly evaluated."

Top 50 Finalists:

Name Residence Occupation
Adam Fansler National City, CA Field Engineer
Adam Pearce San Diego, CA Professional Wrestler
Alex Miniak Manchester, NH Sr. Account Executive
Allan Wilde El Cajon, CA Motorcycle Parts Sales; DJ
Barrett Cohen Maineville, OH Radio Station General Manager
Bob Pearl San Diego, CA Del Mar Fair Radio/TV Announcer (Ret.)
Brent Lowe Murrieta, CA Investment Advisor; HS PA Announcer
Christopher Lawrence Oceanside, CA U.S. Navy Communicator; Voice Overs
Cindy Michaels Carlsbad, CA Communications Director
Cippy Teran Pacific Beach, CA Lead Supervisor; Former Radio Talent
Cooper Hopkins Los Angeles, CA Database Mgr; College PA Announcer
Don Schortmann National City, CA Cashier; Former Voice of SD County Fair
Doug Herman El Cajon, CA Executive Vice President
Edward Beach Chino Hills, CA Operations Asst.; College PA Announcer
Edward Lehman Anaheim, CA Angels Concourse Captain; Former CHP
Eric Rubalcava San Diego, CA Facilities Clerk; Voice Overs
Ernesto Sambrano San Diego, CA Retail Sales Consultant; Voice Overs
Evan Walters Chula Vista, CA Data Entry Programmer
Huisa Bush Adelanto, CA Probation Dept; WNBA Announcer
Jason Barquero Downey, CA Director of Alumni Engagement
Jim Rogers Vista, CA Self-Employed
John Flint San Diego, CA KSON Professional DJ
John Loch Carlsbad, CA Lead Producer; HS PA Announcer
John Stepanek Canyon Lake, CA Business Development
Joseph Amador Glendora, CA US Navy Aviation Ordnanceman
Joseph Mitchell El Cajon, CA Biomedical Engineering Tech; DJ
Kelly Dammeyer Oceanside, CA Self-employed Health & Wellness Pro
Kevin MacDonald Fallbrook, CA Owner of MACK Electric
Laurie Guido San Diego, CA SDUSD Administration; HS PA Announcer
Mark Boyle Oceanside, CA CHP Motorcycle Officer
Marque Denmon Stone Mountain, GA Public Address Announcer
Matt Thompson San Diego, CA SeaWorld Show Announcer
Mel Proctor Encinitas, CA Former Padres Play-by-Play Announcer
Michael McAfee San Diego, CA Audio Technician
Michael Metzger Chula Vista, CA Project Manager
Mike Carlucci Los Angeles, CA College Professor; Former Pro Announcer
Patrick Connor El Cajon, CA Vet Technician
Pierre Charmasson San Diego, CA Benefit Auctioneer
Rachel Line Santee, CA Office Administrator
Randy Mann La Mesa, CA BMW of San Diego Sales; Voice Overs
Ray Fujikawa Frisco, TX SVP, Commercial Strategies
Rick Nowlin San Diego, CA Local Radio Veteran
Rob Norris Fullerton, CA Marketing for Wyndham Resorts
Sam Chin San Diego, CA Hubbs-SeaWorld Field Research
Steve Frost San Diego Divisional VP Strategic Partnership
Theresa Wetherhold Encinitas, CA Speech Pathologist
Tim Chapman Riverside, CA Freelance Announcer
Todd Leitz Los Angeles, CA LAFD Public Information Officer
Tyler Johnson San Diego, CA Promotions Assistant; On-Air Personality
Yung Min Jamul, CA Owner, Spring Valley Cleaners