Cubs PA announcer on audition process, job

Cubs PA announcer on audition process, job
March 31, 2011, 3:32 pm
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Thursday, March 31, 2011
Posted: 10:35 a.m.

By Jamie Bradley
CSNChicago.com

With Opening Day at Wrigley Field right around the corner, Andrew Belleson, the Chicago Cubs new public address announcer, stopped by "The Dan Patrick Show" on Thursday morning to talk about his new job and the audition process that landed him the gig.

Despite the competition, with more than 3,000 people applying for the position, Belleson said he wasnt nervous throughout the process.

Through the audition process it was more of an anxious thing as you waited, said Belleson. The whole thing was really a lot of fun.

But, as Patrick pointed out, interviewing in an empty stadium is far different then talking into the microphone in front a packed Opening-Day crowd.

Itll definitely be different with 40,000 people, Belleson said, And you know how Opening Day goes; its just a special atmosphere anyway.

So, are there any names on the roster that worry him?

Not on the Cubs, but definitely when you get visiting teams in, said Belleson. He admitted that with a team like the Pirates, that has lots of players moving up and down between the major and minor leagues throughout the course of the season, he will definitely check on pronunciations.

Catch "The Dan Patrick Show" Monday-Friday from 8:00-11:00 a.m. on Comcast SportsNet.