WDRB in the Morning anchor relishes role as announcer for Louisville Bats
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The voice on the public address system at Louisville Slugger Field might sound familiar some nights. Perched above the crowd, making announcements between innings, is WDRB in the Morning anchor Sterling Riggs. His work begins before the fans arrive.
Sterling says, "There's a lot more preparation than people think. Right now, I'm going through my script. So, I have a script I go on and a big book of P-A reads. So, I have to go through and make sure my script matches what I' m going to read in my book because if I'm off a sheet, I have to keep the flow going." .
As the P-A announcer, Sterling reads advertisements between innings, announces contests, and introduces batters as they step up to the plate. "I have to go through my roster, and I look down at the different names. For instance, number thirteen, the third baseman for the Durham Bulls, Ray Olemedo. " He says, "One thing you don't want to do is mispronounce somebody's name as they're walking to the plate. Even though the players say they don't listen to the PA announcer, if I was walking to the plate and somebody mispronounced my name, it would throw me off as I stepped into the batter's box."
He has three to four minutes between innings to read what is scripted, and there is a book that holds the scripts. "This is even before the first pitch. I have to read all these scripts here--first inning, second inning, third inning, fourth-- all the way through ninth."
This sounds like an easy gig, but it's not. Yet, the preparation and concentration required don't spoil the fun of being at the ballpark. Sterling says "Really, I look at it as an honor. It's something I love. It's not something I have to do to pay the bills, but it's something I look forward to doing every time I sit in the chair." He says, "I grew up playing baseball. You're in the action, but you're not on the field. I don't have the skills as a baseball player to play the game anymore, but this is one way I can stay involved."