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LACETT | Amateurs battle to be public address “Voice of the Wildcats”

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) – If you happened to be outside the Wendell and Vickie Bell Soccer Complex Wednesday night in Lexington, you might have thought you were missing out on a great game.

In reality, there was no action on the field but a ton happening above it.

“This is a real fun night for us,” said Guy Ramsey, director of Strategic Communications at the University of Kentucky. “We have 50 people trying out for our public address and in game hosts for some of our Olympic sports.”

Yes, they came from all over the state for a chance to make a little money off the mic. Some had a ton of experience. Others did not. But all could agree this was the opportunity of a lifetime.

“It would be a phenomenal dream come true,” said JJ McConaha, a resident of Georgetown. “You are at all the games, for me that would be the pinnacle.”

The entire audition process lasts only five minutes. Contestants only get once chance to say, “And now your Kentucky Wildcats,” so everyone knows they better get it right the first time.

“The important thing is to be outgoing,” said Ramsey. “It’s a very important job because it’s a way fans connect with the action on the field.”

Perhaps a star was born Wednesday or perhaps it wasn’t. Either way everyone left with a greater appreciation for how it’s done.

“I feel like a lot of people say they can (be an announcer) but once they step up to the microphone, do they realize, there is more to it,” said Brian Smith,50, of Louisville.

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