New Voice Of The Boston Celtics To Debut At Wednesday Night's Season Opener

Eddie Palladino of Saugus chosen to serve as public address announcer for Celtics Home game.

BOSTON (October 29, 2003) -- Lifelong Boston Celtics fan Eddie Palladino of Saugus was named public address announcer for Celtics home games, the team announced. The East Boston native makes his debut at Wednesday night's season opener against the Miami Heat.

Palladino, 45, was chosen from a field of eight finalists who tried out on Sept. 30. He has served as a public address announcer for high school and youth sports events in the Boston area for many years.

"I'm very excited about the chance to be the voice of the Boston Celtics," Palladino said. "This is a dream come true… something I've wanted to do since I was 10 years old. I used to talk into my hairbrush to practice. I always wanted to be an announcer, and always wanted to be part of the Celtics family."

"Eddie is just what we were looking for in a public address announcer – he combines great enthusiasm and passion for the team with respect for the tradition that is the Boston Celtics," said John Brody, the Celtics' executive vice president of marketing. "We believe Eddie will add to our fans' experience and will create the right atmosphere for the team."

In his new role, Palladino will be responsible for game calls, promotions and announcing the starting lineups. "I'd like to make my own little niche," said Palladino, "I have great respect for other PA announcers, but I'll have my own unique style."

Palladino is a graduate of Dom Savio Prep and Emerson College. He lives in Saugus with his wife and two daughters.

Individual tickets for the 16-time NBA world champion Celtics' 2003-04 season are available at the FleetCenter box office at 1-800-4NBA-TIX and all TicketMaster outlets. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.celtics.com.