There's a particular aroma in an arena. It's cool air, and steel. Polishing fluid, and cement. Fill it up with thousands of screaming fans, and the arena comes alive. The essence is replaced by a feeling of energy, excitement, and anticipation.
Being a live announcer is the greatest rush I have ever felt. You get to be a part of something bigger than you, but still lend a hand (or voice), to help it become an experience the audience will never forget. Each time I'm honored to live announce a show, I cherish it.
Back in 2002, I went to my first Timberwolves game, shortly after moving to Minneapolis fresh out of college. Starting in a new city was hard, but people all across Minnesota made me feel at home, and a group of my new friends and I went to see a game in the Target Center.
While this wasn't my first professional sports event, there was something different about this game. The late and great Flip Saunders was head coach. Kevin Garnett was in top form. The atmosphere was just perfect. While they lost to the Spurs that night, I walked away knowing this team, city, and arena were something special.
Last month, the Timberwolves announced that their long time (and awesome) PA Announcer, Rod Johnson, was stepping down. The Timberwolves decided to hold open castings to find their new voice. When I saw this, it brought back a flood of memories, and a drive to bring my years of live announcing and show production experience to an organization that's rapidly changing.
The Timberwolves are moving in the right direction, both as a team and as an organization. To be a part of this movement would be an honor.
It's really is a New Era.
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