(CHICAGO) – Fox Sports Net is adding a new dimension to its White Sox baseball coverage this summer. Beginning in mid-July, FSN will provide an alternative audio telecast during 10 White Sox games. This enhancement will utilize the SAP (Secondary Audio Program) channel and comes at no additional cost to the consumer. To make this even more exciting, FSN will conduct a search for a new male or female announcer to be a part of this landmark event in White Sox broadcast history.
Fox Sports Net is looking for an enthusiastic, die-hard White Sox fan to share the microphone with two other announcers (TBA) in the "White Sox Open Mic" auditions. The ideal candidate will be between 21 and 30 years old and bring a uniquely different approach a typical baseball telecast. Interested, eligible participants are asked to visit www.FSNchicago.com for more information, along with completing a simple online questionnaire. The deadline to sign up for the "White Sox Open Mic" auditions is Friday, June 25. Please note the following for audition specifics:
Audition Information: The auditions will be held at the FSN Studios located at 350 N. Orleans in downtown Chicago. Those whose last name begins with the letter A-M, they you should report to the FSN Studios on Monday, June 28 between 12 NOON and 9:00 PM. If their last name begins with the letter N-Z, they should report to FSN on Tuesday, June 29 between 12 NOON and 9:00 PM. At the audition, prospective announcers should be prepared to answer questions about the White Sox, call highlights and prove to the FSN judges why they deserve to be the new voice of White Sox baseball on the Fox Sports Net "SAP" channel.
"Providing alternative programming on our secondary audio channel further enhances our game experience and we're excited at the possibility of making one of our viewers a part of White Sox broadcast history," said Don Graham, Fox Sports Net Chicago's Vice President of Programming and Production. "This concept, completely supported by the White Sox and Major League Baseball, is simply designed to add another layer of entertainment, above and beyond the scope of a regular game. More information about this exciting new endeavor will be announced in the coming weeks."
SAP service is carried along side a television channel as an alternative to the standard audio that accompanies the video portion of a program. Listeners can choose this secondary audio signal through either a television, a stereo VCR equipped to receive SAP signals, or a special SAP receiver. Most televisions and VCRs manufactured in 1995 or later have built-in SAP options.
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