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

The NASPAA is proud to recognize its members who have been the P.A. announcer for at least 1000 athletic events.  They are to be commended for their commitment and dedication to the sports that they have announced.  Their milestones are listed below.


4000


Bill Gaedke

Number of Events: 4039
Year Started: 1979
Year Announcing: 36
Sports/Activities Announced: Football, girl’s volleyball, girl's basketball, boys basketball, girl's track & field.
Schools/Organizations Announced For: Clovis High School High School (NM)
Pertinent Career Information: CMSgt, USAF, Ret
Residence:  Clovis, NM


3000


Dom Alagia

Number of Events: 3027
Year Started: 1961
Year Announcing: 54
Sports/Activities Announced: Basketball, football and soccer
Schools/Organizations Announced For: Richard Stockton College (Galloway, NJ), Ocean College (Toms River, NJ), New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association, New Jersey Tournament of Champions, Hairtan High School (NJ), International League Jersey City Reds (who fled Havana during the revolution), New York-Pen League Brooklyn Cycolones (Mets affiliate), New Jersey Generals
Significant Events/Venues Announced: 15 Army-Navy football games, introduced two presidents, voiced a Pearl Harbor tribute carried nationally on CBS TV, 5 NCAA Eastern Regional Basketball Tournament at the Meadowland Arena (East Rutherford, NJ), Seton Hall, Fairleigh Dickinson, Monmouth, Rider, Montclair State, William Paterson, Giants Stadium and an NBA Charity game in Atlantic City televised by Showtime.
Residence: Toms River, NJ



Rob Emery

Number of Events: 3040
Year Started: 1982
Year Announcing: 33
Sports/Activities Announced: Baseball, basketball, football, lacrosse, parades, rodeo, soccer, Special Olympics, track & field, volleyball, wrestling, and emcee.
Schools/Organizations Announced For: Joplin Blasters Professional Baseball, Pittsburg State University, Lindenwood University, National Junior College Athletic Association, Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference, Labette Community College, Coffeyville Community College, Pittsburg High School, Parsons High School, Frontenac High School, Rosewood Ranch, and Special Olympics Kansas
Significant Events/Venues Announced: NJCAA Division 1 Women’s National Basketball Championships, NJCAA National Football Championship, NJCAA Dalton Defenders Football Bowl, NJCAA National Track & Field Championships, Kansas Shrine Football Bowl, Kansas 4A State Baseball Championships
Pertinent Career Information: Healthcare Risk Manager/Special Investigator, and Owner of Emery Sports Announcing LLC
Residence: Pittsburg, KS


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Ron Henry

Year Started: 1956
Years Announcing: 60
Sports/Activities Announced: Basketball, football, men's soccer, baseball and women's volleyball
Schools/Organizations Announced For: Grace College, Winona Lake, IN; Warsaw Community High School, Warsaw, IN
Significant Events/Venues Announced: Announced several Indiana Girls' Semi-State basketball games at the Warsaw gym (seats 5100). Announced three Warsaw High School football games in the former RCA Dome in Indianapolis (replaced by the Lucas Oil Stadium). Apart from sports, I served as emcee for a 20-piece Grace College brass choir for a period of 10 years.  I was able to announce for concerts in Disneyland, Disney World, and Cypress Gardens with that group. One of the biggest highlights was announcing for their concert at the Midwest Governors' Conference in Indianapolis and meeting with the Governors of Indiana and Iowa (my home state). Pertinent Career Information:  I started my career actually when I was 12 in 1948.  My father ran a church softball league.  He knew he could not run a three game evening and keep track of a squirrelly boy.  So he put me in the press box and had me introduce each batter.  As long as he heard my voice, he knew where I was.  I was smart enough not to leave the mic.
It was in my junior year of college that the head of the speech department asked me if I would consider running the P.A. system for the men's basketball program.  I agreed and that job lasted for 40 years until I retired from the position.
One specific highlight of my college public address announcing career was being Grace's public address announcer when the team won the inaugural NAIA Division II National Men's basketball championship in 1992.  I was awarded one of the Championship rings.
During my last 14 years announcing at Grace, I was also announcing Warsaw High School football and boys' basketball.  I continue doing these two sports (30 years now) and have added in the last five years both girls' and boys' baseball. I was fortunate to be the announcer when, in 1984, Warsaw won the state championship in basketball (when Indiana had single class basketball).
If health holds out (it is currently good), I plan to continue announcing for the foreseeable future.  I have a granddaughter who is a third grader who is very athletic.  I would love to be able to announce her name if she develops into a scholastic basketball player.  Since that will be at least another 6-7 years, that means I will be in my early 80s.  My inspiration is Vin Scully, who is still going strong at 84.
I received the Marv Wood Memorial Award in 2000.  It was presented by TV station WSJV of South Bend, IN. (As you probably know, Mr. Wood was the coach of Milan High School whose team won the Indiana State High School Boys' Basketball Championship in 1954.  That high school and the winning of the championship was the inspiration for the movie Hoosiers.)
Occupation: Retired College Professor and Administrator
Residence:  Warsaw, IN


Don Essig

Year Started: 1961
Years Announcing: 51
Sports/Activities Announced: Football, basketball, baseball, gymnastics
Schools/Organizations Announced For: Oregon City High School (Oregon City, OR); Sheldon High School (Eugene, OR); University of Oregon (Eugene, OR); NCAA--Men's basketball and gymnastics championships, Portland Trail Blazers Basketball (Portland, OR); Eugene Emeralds baseball (Eugene, OR)
Sports Announced: Football; basketball; gymnastics; baseball and tennis
Significant Events/Venues Announced: One NCAA Men's Gymnastics National Championship; NCAA Men's Basketball first round games; NIT Men's Basketball first round games
Pertinent Career Information: Besides serving as P.A. announcer at more than a thousand events over the past half century, I have 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. I am an NASPAA Clinician.  I have 30 years in public education as teacher, principal, and administrator.  I received my Ph.D. in Organization Development from UO. I have spent 25 years as a human relations consultant throughout the country and Europe.
Occupation: Consultant
Residence: Eugene, OR



Steve Nontell

Year Started: 1971
Years Announced: 42
Sports/Activities Announced: Wrestling; football, girls' volleyball, boys' and girls' basketball, swimming, men's and women's track and field, softball, soccer and baseball
Schools/Organizations Announced For: Beech Grove (IN) High School, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN; Beech Grove Middle School; Indiana Crossroads Conference; central Indiana (championship events at other member schools); Indiana High School Athletic Association; Mid-State Conference; central Indiana (championship events at other member schools) World Police And Fire Games; American Legion Post 276, (Beech Grove, IN)
Significant Events/Venues Announced: Six Indiana High School Athletic Association Wrestling Team State Finals; Midwest Classic College Wrestling Tournament; Indiana Crossroads Conference Wrestling and Track and Field Championships World Police and Fire Games
Pertinent Career Information: I am an NASPAA Charter Member and an NASPAA Certified Public Address Announcer. In 1973, I graduated from Beech Grove High School. I was Salutatorian and a member of Alumni Hall of Fame. I received my B.A. from Indiana Central University in 1977, which is now the University of Indianapolis. Two years later in 1979, I graduated from Ball State University, with an M.A. degree. Occupation: Employee of the City of Indianapolis, IN
Residence: Beech Grove, IN


Jeff Kurtz

Year Started: 1980
Years Announced: 32
Sports/Activities Announced: Baseball, men's and women's basketball, cross country, football, gymnastics, field hockey, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, volleyball, track and field
Schools/Organizations Announced For: Field High School (Mogadore, OH); Ohio High School Athletic Association (Columbus, OH); Kent State University (Kent, OH); Mid-American Conference (Cleveland, OH); University of Akron
(Akron, OH); NCAA (Indianapolis, IN); Cleveland Browns--Press Box Announcer, Cleveland Indians.
Significant Events/Venues Announced: NCAA Division I Women's Gymnastics Championships; NCAA Division I Field Hockey Final Four; NCAA Men's Mideast Regional Basketball Tournament; N.I.T. Men's Basketball Tournament (home games at Kent State University); Mid-American Conference (D-I NCAA) Tournaments/Championship events (baseball, softball, men's and women's basketball, field hockey, gymnastics, track and field, cross country, and men's soccer); Cleveland Cavaliers Basketball Game "Miracle at Richfield" (10th Anniversary Game); NFL Pro Football Hall of Fame Game - press box announcer.
Pertinent Career Information: I have been an athletic administrator in Ohio for the past 12 years. I have a bachelor's degree in radio and TV broadcasting and journalism and a Master of Arts Degree in Athletics Administration from Kent State University. I have been a professional sports public address announcer for 31 years, and am the voice of the Kent State University Golden Flashes. I am a member of the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) where I am an active member of the NIAAA's Leadership Training Institute faculty. I serve as the national course chair of Leadership Training Course 625, "Management of Game/Event Announcing," which addresses the role of athletic directors in managing their P.A. announcers. I was an instructor for the NASPAA P.A. Announcers Online Certification Course. Additionally, I am an NASPAA Clinician and the 2010 NASPAA NCAA P.A. Announcer of the Year.
Residence: Brimfield, OH


Glen Waddle

Year Started: 1982
Years Announcing: 31
Sports/Activities Announced: Football, baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, ice hockey, softball, roller derby, Special Olympics, hall of fame banquet emcee
Schools/Organizations Announced For: Ole Miss, Mississippi College, Jackson Mets, Jackson Generals, Jackson Senators, Jackson Bandits, Mississippi Association of Coaches, Mississippi High School Activities
Association, Mississippi Association of Independent Schools, Belhaven University, MLS Chicago Fire
Significant Events/Venues Announced: Jackson Generals Texas League Baseball Championship, Jackson Senators championship series, NCAA Baseball Regional and Super Regional tournaments at Ole Miss, NAIA/Gulf South Conference Regionals for Belhaven University, American Southwest Conference Basketball Championship tournaments for Mississippi College, U.S. Olympic Softball Team exhibition, Mississippi High School Activities Association State High School Basketball, Football, and Baseball Championships, Mississippi Association of Independent Schools State Baseball and Football Championships, Major League Soccer Chicago Fire exhibition, East Coast Hockey League playoff series with Jackson Bandits, Mayor's Trophy game baseball series with Ole Miss and Mississippi State, Mississippi Special Olympics
Pertinent Career Information: I have been a public address announcer for 30 years in Mississippi. I started in 1982 as the P.A. announcer for the Mississippi High School All Star football game, and am still working that game. Working that game led to other opportunities. I have been the P.A. announcer for Mississippi College basketball since 1994. I began working for Ole Miss with the radio team in 1984, and was named football and baseball P.A. announcer around 1998. I have also emceed the Mississippi Association of Coaches Hall of Fame banquet since 1989. I also work the MAS Football, Basketball, Baseball, and Volleyball All-Star Games. I have emceed several Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame banquets through my duties as Secretary of the Jackson Touchdown Club, a position I have held since 1996. In addition to my P.A. and radio chores, I have attended every single Ole Miss football game—home and away plus bowls—since 1975, a streak of over 400 games in a row. I have also been the P.A. announcer for three different minor league baseball operations and an ECHL hockey team for all three years of its existence. My P.A. announcing resume also includes numerous championship events in the high school, college, and pro ranks. I have received NASPAA Certification. Additionally, I am an NASPAA Clinician and am the 2011 NASPAA NCAA P.A. Announcer of the Year.
Occupation: Staff Attorney for Mississippi State Bar—Director and Counsel of the Consumer Assistance Program
Residence: Ridgeland, MS


 


Mike Gillespie

Year Started: 1986
Years Announcing: 27
Sports/Activities Announced: Football, basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball
Schools/Organizations Announced For: NAIA (Kansas City, MO); Jackson Jammers (Jackson, TN); Gainesville Knights (Gainesville, GA); Tennessee High School Activities Association (Hermitage, TN), Science Hill High School (Johnson City, TN); Horizon League (Indianapolis); Kentucky High School Athletic Association (Lexington, KY); King of the Bluegrass (Fairdale, KY); Union University (Jackson, TN); East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN); Milligan College (Johnson City, TN); Franklin College (Franklin, IN); Cincinnati Christian University (Cincinnati, OH); Georgetown College (Georgetown, KY); King College (Bristol, TN); Bluefield College (Bluefield, VA); North Georgia College and State University (Dahlonega, GA); Reinhardt College (Waleska, GA); Brenau University (Gainesville, GA); Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN); St. Xavier University (Chicago, IL); Robert Morris College (Chicago, IL); Prairie State College (Chicago, IL); Olivet Nazarene University (Bourbonnais, IL); Purdue University Calumet (Hammond, Indiana) 
Significant Events/Venues Announced: NAIA Women's DI National Championship for the past 22 seasons. (I have announced 657 games of the 697 games played since 1990 and 23 consecutive national championship games); Pat Summitt's (University of Tennessee Lady Vols' Head Coach) 500th career victory in the 1993 Women's Hall of Fame/State Farm Tipoff Classic; 2002 FIBA World Men's Basketball Championship (announced in Conseco Field House and the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, IN); Inaugural Adolph Rupp Classic at the University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY); King of the Bluegrass Basketball Tournament; Kodak Girls' High School All-America Game; Horizon League Women's Basketball Playoff Game; Touchstone/Kentucky High School Athletic Association All A Classic.
Pertinent Career Information: Besides announcing more than 3,000 events, I serve as Senior Minister of South Side Christian Church in Munster, IN.  I recently began my 46th year in ministry and have served churches in Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Georgia.  My wife Brenda and I have been married for 42 years. We have three grown sons (a college basketball coach, a railroad traffic controller and a minister) and five grandchildren.  As part of my overall concept of ministry, I am also active in numerous other civic and community entities.  I am chaplain for the Munster Police Department and a member of the local Chamber of Commerce.  While living in Columbus, IN, I was President of the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department board; a member of the Columbus City Plan Commission; chaplain of the Columbus Fire Department and a member of Kiwanis and Rotary.  I was also involved in similar activities in other communities where I have served. My lifelong hobby involves anything to do with trains, railroads and model railroading.  My very first memory in life was at the age of three, when my father managed to get us both a ride on a steam locomotive in a freight yard near our home in Lexington, Kentucky.  I took the bait, hook, line and sinker!  A product of this fascination is the book I published, entitled, THE BEST SCHOOL I EVER ATTENDED (Once Upon Our Depot Platform), in which I weave the story of events at the small-town railroad depot in his hometown, Georgetown, Kentucky. I am currently involved in building an N scale train layout in the far corner of the basement.
Occupation: Minister
Residence: Munster, IN


Bob Kennedy

Year Started: 1990
Years Announcing: 22 
Sports/Activities Announced: Football; men's volleyball; men's and women's basketball; men's and women's ice hockey; field hockey men's and women's lacrosse; men's and women's swimming; men's and women's soccer; men's and women's cross country; baseball; women's volleyball; men's and women's track and field; marching band
Schools/Organizations Announced For: Otterbein University (Westerville, OH); Ohio State University (Columbus, OH); Ohio High School Athletic Association (Columbus, OH); Columbus Clippers; Columbus All-Americans
Significant Events/Venues Announced: 12 Ohio Athletic Conference Basketball Tournaments; four NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Tournaments; two NCAA Division III Men's Sectional Sectional Championships; six NCAA Division I Men's Soccer Tournaments; two College Cups; two NCAA Division III Men's Soccer Tournaments; three NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Tournaments; Big Ten Conference Men's Soccer Championship; Big Ten Conference Women's Soccer Championship; NCAA Division III Regional Championship; NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Cross Country Great Lakes Regionals; two NCAA Division I Baseball Tournaments; four Big Ten Conference Baseball Championships Columbus NCAA Division I Super Regional Baseball Championship; one NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament; NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Mideast Regionals; two OHSAA Division II Boys' Soccer Tournaments; one OHSAA Division II Boys' State Soccer Championship; one OHSAA Division II Girls' State Soccer Championship; three OHSAA Division I-IV State Baseball Championships; five OHSAA Division I Girls' Softball Regional Championships; 10 OHSAA Division I Girls' Basketball Regional Championships; three Grange Insurance North-South High School All-Star Football Classics; Inaugural Wendy's Classic High School All-Star Basketball Tournament
Pertinent Career Information: I received my degree in speech communications from Otterbein College in 1987.  I have been involved in broadcasting since 1982.  As an award-winning broadcast and journalism professional, I have served in a number of capacities in both radio and television.   I have served as emcee of numerous events, produced Christmas music specials for radio stations, done radio play-by-play announcing and served as executive producer of an NCAA Division III Final Four Basketball Championship.  In addition to P.A. announcing, I am a clinician for NASPAA P.A. Announcers Clinics.
Occupation: Unemployed
Residence: Columbus, OH


Richard Keller

Year Started: 1996
Years Announcing: 21
Sports/Activities Announced:  Baseball, men's and women's basketball, field hockey, football, gymnastics, ice hockey, men's and women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, softball, volleyball, wrestling and marching band. 
Schools/Organizations Announced For:  The Community College of Baltimore County (Catonsville, Dundalk and Essex Campuses), University of Maryland, American University, the Baltimore Redbirds, Catholic University, Howard Community College, Long Reach High School and various other professional, college and youth programs in the Baltimore-Washington corridor. 
Significant Events/Venues Announced: 10 national and 63 Regional Tournaments, including 4 NCAA Tournaments (including two finals), two ACC Tournaments, and two Patriot League Tournaments, six all-star games and seven international events in field hockey and women's lacrosse and the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball Leagure Championship Series.   
Pertinent Career Information:  I have announced more than 2,200 events since 1996. I have had the good fortune of being the P.A. announcer for 15 teams that have won NCAA National Championships. I am an NASPAA Certified Public Address Announcer and the 2010 NASPAA Junior College Announcer of the Year.
Occupation: I am a recycling manager for the Maryland Environmental Service. For more than 35 years, I have been in the recycling field.  My work includes marketing material, establishing recycling programs and training organizations on buying recycled and environmentally preferable products.  For my efforts, I have been the recipient of numerous national awards. Additionally, I am beginning my 12th year as a pastor of Fairview United Methodist Church in Phoenix, MD.
Residence:   Elkridge, MD


Delbert Ault

Year Started:  1990
Year Announcing:  24
Sports/Activities Announced:  Baseball, basketball, football, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field, volleyball
Schools/Organizations Announced For:  NCAA, NAIA, USATF, University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, Miami (OH) University, Eastern Kentucky University, Transylvania University, Georgetown College
Significant Events/Venues Announced:  NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field East Championship, USATF National Junior Olympics, NCAA Division II National Indoor Track & Field Championships, American Athletic Conference (formerly Big East) Swimming & Diving Championship, NAIA Women’s Division I National Basketball Championship, NCAA Men’s Division III Regional Basketball Championship, NAIA Volleyball National Championship, NCAA Southern Conference (SoCon) Volleyball Championship, NCAA Heartland Conference Men’s Basketball Championship, Mid-South Conference Basketball Championship, Mid-South Conference Volleyball Championship, Kentucky All “A” Classic State Basketball Championship.
Residence: Lexington, KY


John (Jack) Connors

Year Started:  1976
Year Announcing:  39
Sports/Activities Announced:  High school football, basketball (boy’s and girl’s), soccer, wrestling, softball, field hockey and track & field. Collegiate football, basketball (men’s and women’s), arena/indoor football, semi pro football, basketball, wrestling, sports banquets, and hall of fame presentations.
Schools/Organizations Announced For:  Conrad Weiser High School, Robesonia, PA; Berks Catholic (PA) High School; Lehigh Valley Outlawz Indoor Football, Albright College; Pottsville Stingers Basketball of the ABA; Schuylkill River Rangers and Schuylkill Firedogs of the EBA; Reading Raptors Semi Pro Football and Tulpehocken High School.
Significant Events/Venues Announced:  Berks County Interscholastic Athletic Association Basketball Playoffs held yearly at the Santander Arena (Sovereign Center), Reading, PA.;  Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) Basketball Playoffs at the Geigle Complex of Reading High School;  Albright College's Bollman Center, NCAA and ECAC Division III Basketball Playoff Games;  Albright College's Shirk Stadium; PIAA Soccer Playoffs; local high school football all-star games along with BCFCA Hall of Fame presentations; Lehigh University's Stabler Arena; All-Star Indoor Football Classics; Berks County Individual Wrestling Championships; Conrad Weiser High School, Albright College and the Geigle Complex; BCIAA and District III and State PIAA Softball Playoffs at Lyons Field, Berks County Pennsylvania; ABA Championship Basketball Game held at Martz Hall, Pottsville;  Oxenreider Relay Carnival; Jr. High School All County Track Meets at Muhlenberg High School; and the Garden State Football League/New York Amateur Football League All Star Classic at the old Giants Stadium in the Meadowlands, New Jersey--where I had the privilege of using the legendary Bob Sheppard’s mic.
Pertinent Career Information:Member of the Reading and Berks Basketball Old-Timers, Charter Member National Federation Interscholastic Officials Association (1981-82). Life member P.A. Sports Hall of Fame--Berks Chapter. Former Member of the PIAA (Track & Field). Berks County Track and Field Officials Assn. (retired).  NASPAA Member.  BCIAA Gold Leaf Service Award - Conrad Weiser High School.
Residence: Heidelberg Twp, Berks County, PA



Jeff Smith

Year Started:  1985
Year Announcing:  30
Sports/Activities Announced:  Basketball, football, baseball, softball, soccer, swimming, volleyball, track & field, hockey, and equestrian
Schools/Organizations Announced For:   Mansfield ISD, Fort Worth ISD, Burleson ISD, Nazarene Christian Academy, Mansfield Rotary Invitational Tournament, Whataburger Invitational Tournament, FWISD Coca Cola Classic, PONY Baseball, Burleson Youth Association, Crowley Youth Association, North Texas Pee Wee Football Association, Texas Christian University, University of Texas at Arlington, NJCAA, CHL Texas Brahmas Hockey Club, NAHL Lone Star Brahmas, and the Fort Worth Cats Baseball Club
Significant Events/Venues Announced:  
NCAA Mountain West Conference Baseball Championship, NCAA Fort Worth Regional, NJCAA Baseball Championship, NCAA Armed Forces Bowl Game, NCAA Heart of Dallas Bowl Game, UIL Regional Basketball Championship, CHL Hockey Championship, and PONY Baseball Mustang World Series
Pertinent Career Information:  
Earned an AA Degree in Communications at Tarrant County College. While I worked in the IT field for 22 years, I now work in a Law Office pursuing a career as a Para-Legal Assistant. I currently announce for TCU Athletics, NAHL Lone Star Brahmas Hockey, and the Burleson ISD.  I was the 2011-2012 Bob Sheppard College P.A. Announcer of the Year.  The most memorable moment of my career, was when I sang the National Anthem at the 2009 Mountain West Conference Baseball Championship game at Lupton Stadium. The PC that plays all the music crashed. The good news, nobody booed!
Occupation:  Legal Assistant, Law Office of James E. Walton
Residence:  
Burleson, Texas

 


Ric Ruffinelli

Year Started:  1975
Year Announcing:  38
Sports/Activities Announced:Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball Schools
Schools/Organizations Announced For:  Ventura College, CA; St. Bonaventura High School
Significant Events/Venues Announced: Of the estimated 1750 events that I have announced, I have had the privilege of announcing 4 CIF Section Championship games. One of the greatest high school games I had the privilege of announcing featured Oaks Christian High School of Westlake Village, CA and ranked number 12 in the county versus Saint Bonaventure ranked number 17 in the country. The game was carried nationally on ESPN. More than 100 media credentials were issued. Two and half hours before kick-off the stadium was full! Unfortunately, the Oaks won 59-13 with Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame) and Marc Tyler (USC) making their presence felt.

One of my proudest moments and a significant event for me, came in 1980 when the Saint Bonaventure coach Jerry Dann asked me to begin each of our home games with a prayer. We have continued to do this ever since. The prayer most certainly sets the tone for the athletic events to come. Being a sports P.A. announcer has given me numerous other opportunities to be behind the microphone. I have emceed numerous graduation ceremonies and hall of fame inductions over the years and have even done some auctions for non-profit organizations. I have been blessed throughout my announcing career, and hope to have many more years ahead. Occupation: Partner in strategic marketing firm Residence: Ventura, CA


 

Jim Nostrant

Year Started:  1972
Year Announcing:  43
Sports/Activities Announced:Volleyball, Montana and Michigan high school; College GLIAC regular season and conference tournament and NCAA Division II regional tournaments. Football, Illinois, Minnesota, Montana and Michigan. Regular season and tournament games for high school. College football Michigan, Ferris State University regular season and NCAA Division II Championship Tournaments. Baseball, high school Illinois. Basketball high school Minnesota, Montana, Illinois and Michigan. College men’s and women’s basketball, Ferris State University, Michigan. Hockey, Michigan high school and college WCHA, Ferris State University and Division I tournaments. Track and field, Montana high school. Golf, LPGA Symetra Tour, Tullymore Classic, Michigan. AAU swimming Minnesota, Montana and Indiana.

School/Organizations Announced for: Ferris State University NCAA Division I and II; Michigan high school association; Montana high schools Cut Bank and Browning; Illinois high schools Hillsboro and Litchfield; Minnesota high schools Montecello, Buffalo and Cloquet; AAU Indiana, Montana and Minnesota. LPGA, Symetra Tour.
Pertinent Career Information: Graduate of Delavan-Darien High School in Delavan, Wisconsin. Graduate of The University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Degree in Communications radio, television and film. 30 years in the broadcasting industry as a sales manager and general manager. Married to the former Patricia Lynn McDonough. We have four children; Lisa, Carey, James and Katie. We also have 11 grandchildren and one great grandson. Former Host of, “The Bulldog Show,” a local cable sports talk show. Have interviewed many college coaches, professional athletes and many college student athletes. Narrator for the FSU, “Hal of Fame Banquet.” Currently a voice over actor, have been the voice on many radio and TVcommercials and I am a professional real beard Santa Claus appearing in parades, at business and house parties for children of all ages.
Residence: Stanwood, Michigan