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12/21/11 6:12 PM EST

Job open after PA announcer McGowan departs

The Orioles are looking for the new voice of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, as the team announced on Wednesday that longtime public announcer David McGowan has stepped down because of a change in his availability.

The new PA announcer will be only the third in Camden Yards history, following Rex Barney (1992-97) and McGowan (1998-2011).

"It is with great sadness that I must step down as public address announcer due to a career change," McGowan said in a release. "I feel so fortunate to have played even a small role in helping Orioles fans enjoy Major League Baseball in the best ballpark in the country. It has truly been a privilege getting to serve the fans of Baltimore and to work for the Orioles organization."

The search is now on for a PA announcer for home games beginning in 2012, the ballpark's 20th-anniversary season. Responsibilities include delivering all greetings, and making player introductions and game-day announcements. The PA announcer works closely with Orioles Productions staff to create a fan-friendly and entertaining experience.

The ideal candidate will have a strong voice and excellent enunciation skills. Prior experience in a collegiate or professional sports setting is preferred. Applicants must be available for all 81 home games, as well as any makeup dates and postseason games, starting at least two hours before the scheduled game time.

A complete job description can be found at www.orioles.com/voice. Those interested in applying must submit a recording based on the provided script.

Submissions will also be accepted via mail at Voice of Camden Yards Audition, 333 West Camden St., Baltimore, Md. 21201. Entries must be received by Jan. 25, 2012.

Brittany Ghiroli is a reporter for MLB.com. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, and follow her on Twitter @britt_ghiroli. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.