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RSJ Radio Features 2020

The Man Behind The Mic

lara.kuipers March 10, 2020 12


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Most professional sporting events have a PA (public address) announcer. It’s the person behind the microphone, announcing player introductions, goals and penalties. While it may seem like a simple task of just reading words off of a paper, much more goes into what the fans hear.

PA announcer Braden Gibson practices reads at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. (Lara Kuipers/RSJ)

Braden Gibson is a fourth year Sport Media student at Ryerson University, but he’s also the Ryerson Rams rink announcer. Three years ago, Gibson got the job as an announcer, despite having no prior announcing experience. Now, he’s a familiar voice for players and fans who regularly attend Rams games at the Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto.

PA announcer Kevin MacDonald shows his love for announcing with an announcing-inspired laptop cover. (Lara Kuipers/RSJ)

Former Ryerson Rams court announcer, Kevin MacDonald acted as a mentor to Gibson, and in doing so, was able to see him become the PA announcer he is today.

PA announcer Kevin MacDonald reading his announcer spreadsheet. (Lara Kuipers/RSJ)

MacDonald’s mentoring also included sending Gibson a spreadsheet MacDonald had created which helps announcer’s get their reads out quicker.

Lara Kuipers was the reporter for this story.

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