Friday, December 6, 2013
The soothing voice that warmly welcomed millions of Portland Sea Dogs fans to Hadlock Field is walking away from the microphone.
Dean Rogers, 65, the only PA announcer the Sea Dogs have had, will 'try something different.'
File photo/Portland Press Herald 2003
Dean Rogers, 65, is resigning after 19 years as the Sea Dogs' public-address announcer. He began the same year as the Sea Dogs, in 1994.
The Sea Dogs already are looking for a replacement. They will stage an open audition Nov. 3, from 10 a.m. to noon at Hadlock Field. Applicants must fill out a registration form, found at www.seadogs.com, by Nov. 1.
Rogers said he will remain with the franchise in a yet-to-be-announced position.
"I just want to try something different," Rogers said.
His wife, Sharon, works in the Sea Dogs' gift shop and his son, Mark, is a statistician and message-board operator during games.
Rogers has been a disc jockey in Portland for 40 years.
He may have been best known for his time with radio station WYNZ (100.9 FM). Since 2010 he has worked part time, reading the news. He does that now on WLOB and WJAB.
Rogers became a fixture at Hadlock, known for his friendly, even approach -- in contrast to the bombastic style of many other minor league announcers
"He was definitely a pro," said Sea Dogs General Manager Geoff Iacuessa. "I've been to countless ballparks and I still think Dean has the best voice and best delivery I've ever heard."
When looking for a replacement, Iacuessa said he wants more of the same.
"We're looking for a voice and a cadence that fits our ballpark," he said.
"We're not looking for understated, but we also don't want loud and in-your-face."
Iacuessa said he hopes to get about four or five finalists from the audition, and then will hold a more extensive tryout.
Nov. 3 is also the first day individual tickets will go on sale at Hadlock Field.
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