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U of I holding open casting call for PA announcers for Illini Athletics

Perhaps the next Public Address Announcer for U of I Athletics could be you? Per their website, they’ve opened things up to the public across Illini Athletic programs. 

Check out the information below. What I wouldn’t give to be able to hear some random submissions.



Deadline for Submission in Two Weeks on Aug. 3

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Interested in lending your voice to one of the Fighting Illini venues? The University of Illinois Division of Intercollegiate Athletics is hosting a Public Address Announcer Casting Call for all people interested in becoming a PA Announcer for any of the Fighting Illini sports programs. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Aug. 3, and all fans should submit an electronic audio file to that contains the scripts located at the bottom of this page.

Candidates will be notified by Friday, Aug. 7 with the next steps for the process. Official interviews may be required along with an in-person try-out depending on the quality of the application.

“We are looking forward to adding to our talented roster of Public Address Announcers,” said Holly Stalcup, Assistant Director of Athletics for Event Management. “It is our goal to provide a tremendous experience for our fans at home games and this is definitely one piece of that puzzle.”

All scripts must be included in the same audio file. Scripts are as follows:

PA Script #1

And now, let’s meet your starting five for the Fighting Illini.

At center, a 6′ 10″ junior from Mokena, IL…#40, James Augustine.

At forward, a 6′ 6″ senior from Joliet, IL…#43 Roger Powell Jr.

At guard, a 6′ 3″ senior from Chicago, IL…#4 Luther Head.

At guard, a 6′ junior from Maywood, IL…#11 Dee Brown.

At guard, a 6′ 3″ junior from The Colony, TX…#5 Deron Williams

And the Sixth Man for the Fighting Illini…the Orange Krush.

PA Script #2

Good evening fans and welcome to Memorial Stadium for tonight’s matchup, presented by Jimmy John’s, between the Wisconsin Badgers and your Fighting Illini. At this time we would ask you to stand, remove your hats, and join our players and coaches in honoring America with the playing of the National Anthem, performed by the Marching Illini.

PA Script #3

Season tickets offer the best value for watching all of the Fighting Illini home games. Order your tickets today online at or call 1-866-ILLINI-1 to speak with a member of our customer service team who will help you find your seats for all of the great home schedule. Thanks for your support of the Fighting Illini!

Top photo by Chris D. Davies.

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