• John Macon Gillespie

Editor's Mailbag presented by G's Place: Week 7

Hello, and welcome back to the weekly-ish installment of the SES Mississippi Editor's Mailbag.

Let's take a look at some of the questions you, dear mailbag reader, posed to me on the Twitters.

Well, being a public address announcer myself (First down, Rams), I'm a little biased, but this is definitely something I listen for when I travel across the state. There are some really good ones, but wow, there are some really bad ones too.

The first one that comes to mind for me is Lumberton's. I went there for a playoff game a few years ago, and their guy was exceptional, especially for a 1A school. To be a good PA announcer, you can't force it too much. Enunciate, yes, but don't try to make yourself sound like an "announcer." You then come across as disingenuous. I believe you also need to have a naturally good-sounding voice, but there are all different types of announcers, and as long as you find your own style, you should be good.

PA voices become synonymous with their school and community, and coaches need to be sure they find a good one to do the job.

This is a question I ask myself all the time due to constant #sportspain. I haven't figured out the answer yet, but I'll let you know if/when I do.

I would say the Gaither Vocal Band due to sheer numbers. Matchbox Twenty probably has a good shot too.

I'd say pretty low, but we can hope, right? Also, let's get him to take the Rutgers job, please.

Either Cal's or Kansas State's. The human arms on Willie the Wildcat trip me out, and Oski looks like a Winnie the Pooh nightmare.

No, but it should be a chaotic brand of horrific football played on Thanksgiving Day in the year of our Lord 2019.

I'm not gonna lie, I had no idea they'd broken up, but bands that break up typically stay that way, unless you're the Jonas Brothers, so I'm going to say they probably won't.

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