Roberson: My cool job in sports, Bowie Baysox PA announcer

From Adrienne Roberson at espnW on September 1, 2016:

Adrienne Roberson started out as a theater major at the University of Tennessee but quickly switched to broadcasting when she realized she could combine two passions: sports and speaking into a microphone.

She loved listening to Casey Kasem and Dick Clark on the radio, and she grew up in Philadelphia, going to Eagles and Phillies games with her dad. Once she got to Tennessee, she realized “it’s like you eat and breathe football.”

Since then, Roberson, 41, has worked in radio across the U.S. as a disc jockey, sports and traffic reporter and sports board operator for SiriusXM. But her big break came in college when she got the job as public address announcer for the Knoxville Smokies minor league baseball team for two seasons. She’s done PA work for a number of college and pro sports teams — true labors of love — and has been the voice of the Bowie Baysox, the Baltimore Orioles’ Double-A affiliate just minutes from her home in Odenton, Maryland, since 2005. By her count, she’s one of only three women doing the job in organized baseball.

She reached the majors in 2012 when she worked the mic for an Orioles game at Camden Yards on Mother’s Day. She has done eight other O’s games since and was one of seven finalists (out of 672 applicants) for the team’s regular gig.

Roberson juggles a hectic schedule working for the Baysox and Sirius, doing PA work for Georgetown University and several other teams, and raising two teenagers with her husband, a U.S. Navy officer. Recently she talked about her baseball career — and why it’s always important to get your foot in the door.

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Originally published: September 2, 2016. Last Updated: September 2, 2016.