The Los Angeles Angels have hired Michael Araujo to be the new public address announcer after David Courtney passed away late last year.
Courtney, who died at the age of 56 in November, was the PA announcer for the Angels, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Kings. He worked with the Angels for 18 years, the Clippers for three years and the Kings for a whopping 34 years. He spent time as the public relations director for the Kings before he became the PA announcer in 1989.
“The Angels family is deeply saddened to hear of David’s passing,” the Angels said in a statement in November, according to ESPN.com.
“He was a gentle soul, a consummate professional and an unforgettable voice tied to several professional Southern California sports teams. Over the past 18 years, his love, dedication and passion for the Angels was evident every time his voice rang through the ballpark. Our thoughts and prayers go out to David’s family at this difficult time.”
Araujo has worked as the PA announcer for the Los Angeles Galaxy, the city’s Major League Soccer team, since 2002. He announced a couple of Angels games during Spring Training to see if he was the man for the job. He eventually beat out two other potential candidates to win the role outright, and will now be the official voice for all home games.
Araujo is a life-long Los Angeles sports fan who grew up in California and is fluent in English and Spanish. He will clearly make a great addition to the organization, and is no doubt thrilled about the wonderful opportunity.