Like a lot of radio lifers, I have held other jobs semi-related to my chosen field over the years. Some of my co-workers will deejay a wedding or spin tunes at a club. And while I've done that a few times, it just wasn't for me. Public address work, though? That feels more natural.
My first PA job was at a dirt track in Joplin, Missouri, in the early 90's. I don't even remember how I got it. But I remember liking it...both the racing and the work. The only thing I didn't like was coming home after midnight every Friday, all summer long, resembling Pigpen from the Peanuts comic strip.
In the late 90's, living in Fayetteville, NC, I took jobs working for the South Atlantic League Cape Fear Crocs (now the Lakewood Blue Claws) and Fayetteville Force hockey team.
I moved to Asheville in February of 1999, and met Dave Meyer of the Asheville Tourists, some time that spring, at a charity event. At some point, my public address experiences came up, and Dave inquired if I'd be available to fill in if needed that summer. Sure enough, the need arose once or twice, and I was offered the job full-time for the following season.
15 years, and approaching 1000 games later, I'm still there in the press box for (almost) every game. I miss less than a handful of games per year, due to my day job. I have no idea how many more seasons I'll be the one you hear saying "good evening ladies and gentlemen...welcome to beautiful, historic, McCormick Field." Right now, I still look forward to baseball starting every April...and ending every August.
I don't really have an off-season, as I also handle similar duties for UNC Asheville Basketball.
I can't imagine you want to know more, but if so...but Keith Jarrett of the Asheville Citizen-Times did a really nice piece on me in the Sunday paper.
A few minor corrections to note:
My wife Stacy isn't a nurse, as mentioned. She's a medical technician in the lab at Mission Hospital. Minor thing, I know, but she's really good at her job, and proud of what she does.
And, I graduated from Gannon University in Erie, PA, not Garrison University. Again...minor thing. And you've probably never heard of either.
Thanks to Keith Jarrett for making me look good!