ESPN Junior Broadcaster Competition winner

July 21, 2009 6:56:24 PM PDT
Ryan Meade, a 12-year-old from Tinley Park, Ill., beat out a handful of 8 to 13-year-old sports-announcers-in-training at ESPN Zone in the third annual White Sox Junior Broadcaster competition. Meade, who attends Summit Hill Junior High and will be a 7th grader in the fall, won the competition by giving the best play-by-play rendition of a handful of White Sox highlights and earned the chance to work the broadcast booth at an upcoming White Sox game. He'll announce the starting lineup before upwards of 30,000 White Sox fans!(PRESS RELEASE)


Kids compete for ultimate broadcasting prize - a chance to announce the batting order during an upcoming White Sox home game

ESPN Zone and the Chicago White Sox will give the next generation of sports announcers their first crack at the Big Leagues during ESPN Zone's Junior Broadcaster competition. Children between the ages of 8-13 will have the opportunity to showcase their sports announcing skills and win a spot in the broadcast booth at an upcoming White Sox game at U.S. Cellular Field. Entrants will sit behind a microphone on-set at ESPN Zone and take a stab at the play-by-play call for one classic White Sox highlight of their choice. A panel of judges will narrow the field, and the finalists will call a second classic Sox play to help determine a winner. At the end of the competition, the judges, as well as fans onsite, will vote to determine the winner. The Junior Broadcaster champion will announce the batting order during an inning at an upcoming White Sox game and receive four tickets and a parking pass to the game, as well as an ESPN Zone prize pack worth $200. Entry forms can be submitted beginning today in ESPN Zone's onsite retail store or by calling (312) 644-3776, ext. 335. Contestants must leave their name, age and telephone number in order to reserve their spot.

The event was held on July 15.