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Discussion: The value of a good announcer

in: Orienteering; General

Aug 2, 2016 2:55 PM # 
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

  • Good equipment
  • 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.
    Aug 3, 2016 12:50 AM # 
    It was great fun to announce and it is easy to make it exciting when you have a great announcing partner and so many cool things are happening :)

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