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Nats Choose New Orleans Announcer

By Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 30, 2005; Page B08

Jim Clarke, a former radio and public address announcer in New Orleans, has been chosen to be the public address announcer at the home games of the new Washington Nationals baseball team.

A team spokeswoman said Clarke, who lives in Fairfax County, was chosen from those who tried out last week at Prince George's Stadium.

"We're excited about his background in sports and his enthusiasm," said team spokeswoman Chartese Berry. "He knows sports, [and] he has a great voice."

Clarke is to make his debut at Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium on April 16, announcing the lineups for the Nationals and the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks.

Veteran Washington public address announcer Charlie Brotman is scheduled to handle those duties at the Nationals' opening game at RFK on April 14.

According to Berry, Clarke was the public address announcer for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League from 1990 to 1996. He also has been a radio show host in New Orleans and Detroit, Berry said.

"We're looking forward to his being part of our team," Berry said.

In addition to announcing lineups and reporting substitutions, the public address announcer is generally relied on for such tasks as disclosing the discovery of lost children and informing motorists when they have left their vehicle lights on.

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