This past weekend we held the Canadian Champs in Alberta. Pardon me for saying so myself, but I think that we had great arenas. And a lot of that comes down to Brent L & Meghan R who were our announcers over the weekend. They took what could have been (and usually is) a rather boring stream of runners coming down the finish chute - and changed that into something quite fun and exciting to watch. The Sprint and Sprint Relay in particular were great fun. Here are some of the things that I think contributed to the great announcing:
Brent & Meghan are well equipped for the job...
great knowledge of the sport
they know a lot about a lot of orienteers
lots of practice following online results, so they are handy with the "speaker module" in MeOS
they have great voices for announcing ... high energy, and recognisable
they are well-connected and trusted by the organisers who are happy to share course information with them
they are very good at interviewing people
everyone (almost) knows them and is (mostly) happy to be interviewed by them
Eric T's cell-phone based radio control worked well. Though we need more experience using it with the MeOS software so we can reset things if they go wonky.
Great PA system
MeOS speaker module is quite good
Good arena setup
the finish chute is long enough to allow for announcing
sight-lines are good
arena designed so that people hang out around the finish chute
Thanks to Meghan & Brent for doing the announcing at the Canadian Champs and really making the arena a fun place to hang out.
And did I mention Brent does a great "Per Forsberg" - one of the highlights was Brent pretending to interview PF, doing both sides of the interview. And finally, to bring a smile to your face here's a tribute to Per Forsberg who is definitely the Gold Standard in orienteering arena announcing