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:
|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|