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Wizards Name New PA Announcer; Photos Behind The Tryouts

Updated: September 14, 2010

As described in a previous post, the Wizards held tryouts for the position of in-game public address announcer at the Verizon Center on Monday night. Prior, 220 applicants where whittled down to 50 invitees … around 31 showed up. That was narrowed done to 16 hopefuls who were further narrowed down to five. More due diligence was performed, but by the night’s end, the team still had not decided who would serve as pre-game hype man for Gilbert Arenas, John Wall, Andray Blatche, JaVale McGee & Co.

Shortly before 1 pm on Tuesday afternoon it was announced that Ralph Wesley will be the voice of Wizards games — Wesley was my personal favorite after the round of 16 (and the round of five). There were a lot of great voices, but the best, most unique one prevailed. Below you’ll find a recap of the night in photos, followed by video of Wesley’s winning performance at the bottom. Enjoy.

Senior Director of Game Operations Danny Zollars (splendid name BTW) calls out the audition numbers of the 16 who’ve made it to the next round.

Poof, be gone with the rest of you.

And now the fun begins …

Andray Blatche popped up out of no where and acted like he was going to show off his vocal chords … but ended up wimping out.

Various contestants from the final 16.

The Waiting Game …

More cuts.

The five finalists get debriefed.

Your finalists:

Harvey Williams

Mike Clapper

Byron Hudtloff

Charles Trahan

Ralph Wesley

Ted’s Take.

The Hopefuls.

The Ultimate Winner.

Wesley’s Final Lineup Call (and interview):

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