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PA Announcer Finalists to Audition on Air This Week

July 28, 2009 - NBA G League (G League) - Maine Red Claws News Release

PORTLAND, ME - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Quirk Chevrolet, today announced that the three PA announcer finalists selected during last weekend's open auditions will appear on WJAB 96.3 FM this week for the second round of auditions. The three candidates are Frank Stetson, Mike Violette, and John Leonard.

The three finalists have voices familiar to Maine sports fans. Violette has more than 30 years experience in morning radio in Maine, Leonard has appeared in commercials for Lampron Energy, Maine Harness Racing and the Pirates, and Stetson is the original voice of the Lewiston Maineiacs and has called high school football and basketball games for local radio. More than 150 people auditioned for the position.

The candidates will appear on the PM Jab with Chris Sedenka, the voice of the Maine Red Claws on consecutive days this week: John Leonard on Wednesday at 5 PM, Frank Stetson on Thursday at 4:45 PM, and Mike Violette on Friday at 3:05 PM. All three auditions will re-air on Friday and will be posted on WJAB's website,, where listeners will be able to vote for their favorite. The winner will be announced on air Monday, August 3 during the PM Jab.

MAINE RED CLAWS: 2009-10 will mark the inaugural season for the Maine Red Claws who will play their home games at the 3,009-seat Portland Expo Building. The team is the NBA D-League affiliate of the Boston Celtics and Charlotte Bobcats. The franchise is owned and operated by Maine Basketball, LLC, which is principally owned by Bill Ryan Sr., the chairman of TD Banknorth Group, and Bill Ryan Jr., owner and operator of Oxford Plains Speedway. Jon Jennings, a partner in Maine Basketball, LLC and former Boston Celtics assistant coach, serves as the team's president and general manager.

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