Local radio personality competing to be the voice of the Rockies
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. Fresh off a week of calling seven straight playoff basketball games, KMTS/KGLN news and sports director Ron Milhorn on Monday will put his vocal chords to work for a big prize: to become the public address announcer for the Colorado Rockies.Milhorn and select others, comprising a group of “semifinalists,” will audition at the Sports Column (1930 Blake St.) in Denver at 6:30 p.m., a half block south of Coors Field. The audition is open to the public.The Rockies have pared down their pile of more than 250 applications and demo tapes to the top few, all hoping to replace the retiring Alan Roach, who established himself as the voice of the Rockies while serving as the only P.A. announcer in the Major League Baseball club’s 14-year existence.Whoever gets picked will dive right into the gig, with baseball’s April 2 opening day looming on the not-so-distant horizon. If chosen, Milhorn would stay on at KMTS and treat the Rockies job as a “great” summer job.”We all know Ron is the voice of the Rockies already,” Milhorn’s wife of 26 years, Randalea, said. “We figure he’s been the voice of the Colorado Rockies for the last 21 years, from the Eisenhower Tunnel to Aspen all the way to Palisade.”A panel of judges – including former FSN baseball analyst Jeff Huson, Rockies senior director of advertising and marketing Jill Roberts and Rockies assistant director of in-game entertainment and broadcasting Kent Krosbakken – will pick the three top performers from Monday’s audition and leave the rest at the discretion of the general public. Through online voting at http://www.coloradorockies.com, fans will tab the team’s next address announcer. The voting opens Tuesday at noon, and fans will have 48 hours to review clips of the top three and cast their votes.A winner will be announced on the air on 850 KOA, with Roach announcing his replacement later in the week.Milhorn turned in his application materials in Denver on Wednesday before ushering off to call various state basketball playoff games along the Front Range.”I dropped off my resume and demo and then it was off to Boulder to do a game,” Milhorn, who has a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from the University of Southern California and is a former Trojan football player, recalled. “I kind of forgot about it and then got a call on Friday.”The public eye never wanders far from Milhorn or his family. His cousin, Ami Kusack, was on “Survivor.”Milhorn plans to make the trip to Denver, do what he does best, and let the chips fall as they may.”We’ll see what happens. I’m just going to go down there and do my best,” Milhorn said. “If it doesn’t happen, nothing lost.”
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