NASPAA is the professional association for sports public address announcers and the individuals who hire and assign announcers.

Announcers' Critique and Evaluation Service (ACES)


Purpose

The Announcers’ Critique and Evaluation is available to all P.A. announcers who would like constructive and honest feedback about their P.A. announcing.

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Critiques

Participants are required to submit an mp3 file of them announcing. The critique and evaluation will focus on how the participant announces various elements of a game/event, such as the welcome, and introduction of the starting lineups. Participants will also be critiqued and evaluated on key qualities of their delivery, such as tone, pitch, pace, etc.

Upon receiving their critique and evaluation, for an additional fee, participants have the option of having a phone review with the NASPAA member who performed the critique and evaluation.

ACES Team

Below are the NASPAA members who are on the ACES Team who will perform the critiques and evaluations. A critique and evaluation will be not be performed by these individuals collectively. Instead, critiques and evaluations will be performed individually by an ACES team member assigned by the NASPAA.

Gary Williams, Stadium Announcer, Oakland Raiders--Gary will be entering his eighth season as the stadium announcer for the Oakland Raiders. Prior to joining the Raiders, he spent 10 years as the football P.A. announcer for Stanford University. He has also done P.A. work for the Oakland Athletics, the San Jose Earthquakes Major League Soccer Team and perhaps most importantly, has been the voice of the Niles Centerville Little League where his four boys have played for the past 20 years. In his real life, Gary makes his living voicing TV/radio commercials and corporate narrations. He was the announcer at the CBS affiliate in San Francisco for eight years. Now, most of his work is recorded at his home studio. He is also a popular master of ceremonies at events throughout the San Francisco Bay area. He has been the clinician for three NASPAA Football P.A. Announcers’ Clinics, and has been the talent for two NASPAA promo videos.

Jeff Kurtz, P.A. Announcer, Kent State University--Jeff has been an athletic administrator in Ohio for the past 12 years. He holds a bachelor's degree in radio and TV broadcasting and journalism and a Master of Arts Degree in Athletics Administration from Kent State University. Jeff has been a professional sports public address announcer for 31 years. He has served as the P.A. announcer for more than 50 Mid-American Conference Collegiate Championships and NCAA D-I playoff contests and events. His high school announcing resume includes numerous Ohio State High School Athletic Association State Championships and Playoffs. At the professional level, he recently completed his 11th season as the press box announcer for the Cleveland Browns, and has also served as the P.A. announcer for the Cleveland Indians. Jeff is a member of the NASPAA 1000 Club, having announced more than 1000 games/events. He is an active member of the NIAAA's Leadership Training Institute Faculty and serves as the national course chair of LTI 625 - Athletic Administration "Management of Game/Event Announcing." He has been the clinician of several NASPAA P.A. Announcers’ Clinics, and was the 2010 NASPAA NCAA College P.A. Announcer of the Year.

Don Essig, P.A. Announcer, University of Oregon--Don has been the P.A. announcer for more than a thousand events over the past half century, announcing football, basketball, gymnastics, baseball and tennis, qualifying him for membership in the NASPAA 1000 Club. In addition to announcing at the high school and college levels, he announced at the professional level for the Portland Trail Blazers of the NBA. He has also emceed many football and basketball banquets for the University of Oregon men's teams, and a wide variety of fund-raising events for numerous non-profit organizations in the community.  He has 30 years in public education as teacher, principal and administrator.  The past 25 years he has served as a human relations consultant throughout the country and Europe. Don was the clinician of the 2011 NASPAA Football P.A. Announcers’ Clinic in Wilsonville, Oregon, that was hosted by the Oregon School Activities Association, an NASPAA Affiliate Member.

Glen Waddle, P.A. Announcer Ole Miss and Mississippi College--Glen has been a P.A. announcer for 32 years. After sharing duties as public address announcer for the Mississippi High School Basketball Championship for over a decade, he became the sole voice of the event in 2000. He works 50 high school playoff and state championship games in two week spans each March, a feat no announcer had performed in Mississippi in over two decades. He has worked as many as 30 athletic events in a span of 14 days--more than once on a weekend in late fall he announced football, basketball and ice hockey. He also announces Mississippi College basketball; Ole Miss football, basketball and baseball; Mississippi Pride professional football; Jackson Senators baseball; and Jackson Bandits East Coast Professional Hockey League, just to mention a few. He worked every game of  the NCAA Regional and Super Regional Baseball Tournaments at Ole Miss. Glen has been a clinician for multiple NASPAA P.A. Announcers’ Clinics, and has been active in the NASPAA Mentoring Program. In 2011, he was the recipient of the NASPAA NCAA College P.A. Announcer of the Year Award.

Chuck Drago, Stadium Announcer, Arizona Diamondbacks--Chuck has been the stadium announcer for the Arizona Diamondbacks Baseball Club since 2006.  Over the past five years, he has announced various spring training baseball games in the Cactus League for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Cleveland Indians, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox, Colorado Rockies and the Arizona Diamondbacks.  His P.A. announcing credentials also include being the stadium announcer of the 2011 Major League Baseball All Star Game, Home Run Derby and various other events that were part of Major League Baseball’s traditional tribute to baseball’s best.  This past year, he worked for U.S. Soccer as the P.A. announcer for two of its international friendly matches against Sweden and Venezuela that were played at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Requirements

Individual Announcing

The critique will include the aforementioned game/event elements and the following elements specific to the participant’s announcing.

Options

Option #1-- Participants also have the option of a phone review with the individual who conducted the critique and evaluation. The phone review is intended to allow participants to ask questions concerning the critique and to obtain additional advice and recommendations. The review sessions are 10 minutes and 20 minutes. Participants who sign up for a phone review when registering for the critique would receive a discount on the phone review.  

Fees (Same for Students and Adults)

Option #1--Written Critique and Evaluation

NASPAA Status Fee
Member $35
Non-member $50

Option #2-- Members Only. Written Critique and Phone Review

Members W/10-Minute Review W/20-Minute Review
At time of critique registration $55 $70
     

Option #2-- Non-Members. Written Critique and Review

Non-Members W/10-Minute Review W/20-Minute Review
At time of critique registration $75 $90
     

*To be accepted for a phone review, registrations for members and non-members must be received by the NASPAA within 14 days of the written critique. No exceptions.


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