The Florida Panthers — known for their outside-the-box ahh, screw it hiring tactics — are back at it again. From the same team that brought you open goalie tryouts comes a chance to audition for the team's PA announcer position, anthem singer, and radio play-by-play positions for the upcoming season. If being a part of the Florida Panthers was ever a dream of your, now is your best shot.
The Panthers announced Thursday auditions for PA announcer and anthem singer will take place on Wednesday, August 26, at the BB&T Center in Sunrise. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. and auditions begin at 4 p.m. If you think you have what it takes to be the team's radio play-by-play person, just answer the ad they placed.
The PA announcer serves as the main voice of the Florida Panthers during home games, speaking on things such as starting line-ups and scratches, goal announcements, public address announcements. The anthem singer is not only responsible for singing the U.S. National Anthem prior to the start of all Florida Panthers home games but also the Canadian National Anthem at select home games against Canadian teams.
The Panthers are welcome anyone interested in the position to bring demo reels or online portfolios of their work to the audition. The team will be selecting a backup singer during the process as well.
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The radio by-play-play position — vacated when it was announced Randy Moller would move from your radio onto your TV this upcoming season — is a tad more involved in applying for. Those who wish to take on the task of the radio voice of the team must not only know the sport of hockey inside and out but also have some prior experience calling professional hockey.
The extremely popular Moller will move into a new role as an analyst for Panthers LIVE! pregame, and intermission and post-game shows on Fox Sports Florida. Moller will also do some work in-game, doing TV hits from the benches for all home and select road games. Moller joins Steve Goldstein and color commentator Denis Potvin on the telecasts.
Last season the Panthers held their "Goal of a Lifetime" contest after a string of goalie injuries. The contest promised the winner a spot on the team as a backup goalie for practice only. The contest came after the team was forced to suit up a coach after both their goalies were hurt in a game.