Padres host open tryouts for new PA announcer - CBS News 8 - San Diego, CA News Station - KFMB Channel 8

Padres host open tryouts for new PA announcer

Posted: Updated:

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Hundreds of hopefuls came out to Petco Park Saturday for their shot at becoming the Padres next public address announcer.

The Padres held an open casting call where applicants showcased their skills. The winner will be selected in March and be required to work every home game.

Some might call it a dream job. For others -- like Pierre Charmasson -- it's just something they happen to do. Very well.

"I cut my teeth at the Sports Arena back in the day with the San Diego Gulls, and the San Diego Sockers, then got picked up by USA rugby," he said. 

Whatever the reason, a chance to be the San Diego Padres newest public announcer brought out hundreds of people to Petco Park.

Blake Dorfman was the first one in line. He arrived at 5 a.m.

"I thought it was gonna be a big deal with people camping out last night. I was worried about getting here that late. I figure it's better to be safe than sorry," Dorfman said.

Blake, who does have experience, gave it his best shot and came out feeling confident.

"I think I did well, I think I nailed it," he said.

While the process may look easy -- some say it is far from it.

Once contestants get to the field, they get one of four scripts to choose from, not much time to practice and only one minute to impress the judges.

There's four of them, they sit in a luxury box above the crowd.

Remember Pierre?

Even he was nervous.

"I'm still shaking a little bit, you know if you're not, you're probably dead," he said.

Those chosen as semi-finalists will be interviewed, and the finalists will get to showcase their skills during the annual Padres FanFest, which is scheduled for Feb. 8.

Fans will choose the top three by casting votes online.

The winner will be selected in March and be required to work every home game on the schedule, team officials said.

"There's a ton of people we could have called to audition privately but sometimes some of the best talent is not professional talent, it's someone who just has a passion for the game and a passion for being here every night." said Wayne Partello, Senior VP and Chief Marketing Officer for Padres.

The Padres did not say why Frank Anthony, the team's PA announcer since Petco Park opened in 2004, is being replaced.

  • SportsMore>>

  • CBS 8 Bracket Buster Contest

    CBS 8 Bracket Buster Contest

    Welcome to CBS 8 Bracket Buster Contest! Make your bracket picks before the start of the tournament and play along!

     

    Welcome to CBS 8 Bracket Buster Contest! Make your bracket picks before the start of the tournament and play along!

     
  • Papa John's scores Shaq to help revive its image

    Papa John's scores Shaq to help revive its image

    Friday, March 22 2019 11:51 AM EDT2019-03-22 15:51:12 GMT
    Sunday, March 24 2019 2:21 AM EDT2019-03-24 06:21:45 GMT
    Papa John's has a new pitchman: Shaquille O'Neal. 
    Papa John's has a new pitchman: Shaquille O'Neal. 
  • Iditarod competitor whose dogs quit says they got spooked

    Iditarod competitor whose dogs quit says they got spooked

    Friday, March 22 2019 1:11 AM EDT2019-03-22 05:11:40 GMT
    Saturday, March 23 2019 1:03 PM EDT2019-03-23 17:03:50 GMT
    (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). This Wednesday, March 20, 2019, photo shows Iditarod musher Nicolas Petit posing with two of his dogs in Anchorage, Alaska. The Frenchman Petit was in the lead of this year's race but his dog team quit running after he yelled ...(AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). This Wednesday, March 20, 2019, photo shows Iditarod musher Nicolas Petit posing with two of his dogs in Anchorage, Alaska. The Frenchman Petit was in the lead of this year's race but his dog team quit running after he yelled ...
    (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). This Wednesday, March 20, 2019, photo shows Iditarod musher Nicolas Petit posing with two of his dogs in Anchorage, Alaska. The Frenchman Petit was in the lead of this year's race but his dog team quit running after he yelled ...(AP Photo/Mark Thiessen). This Wednesday, March 20, 2019, photo shows Iditarod musher Nicolas Petit posing with two of his dogs in Anchorage, Alaska. The Frenchman Petit was in the lead of this year's race but his dog team quit running after he yelled ...
    The Iditarod musher who was hours ahead in the Alaska race when his dogs refused to keep running is dismissing critics who say he ran them too hard. 
    The Iditarod musher who was hours ahead in the Alaska race when his dogs refused to keep running is dismissing critics who say he ran them too hard. 
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2019 KFMB-TV. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.