Sixers Name Matt Cord As Public Address Announcer For 2012-2013 And Beyond
CORD WAS CHOSEN OUT OF MORE THAN 100 APPLICANTS
LOCAL SPORTS ANNOUNCER KEVIN CASEY TO SERVE AS BACK-UP
AYLA BROWN TO FILL CORD’S ROLE AT SIXERS.COM
PHILADELPHIA, PA. – OCTOBER 11, 2012 – Philadelphia 76ers CEO and Co-Owner Adam Aron today announced that Matt Cord, senior correspondent for SIXERS.COM and on-air personality for 93.3 WMMR, will serve as the team’s public address announcer for the 2012-13 season and beyond.
In the event Cord is unable to call a game, Kevin Casey, public address announcer for the Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Wings and Camden Riversharks, has formally been designated by the Sixers as the team’s back-up public address announcer.
Cord and Casey were chosen after Sixers executives listened to the auditions of some 107 applicants and after three rounds of tryouts. Candidate auditions were held at the Wells Fargo Center using its booming sound system for amplification. Candidates were asked to announce player introductions, narrate promotional reads and simulate live calls while watching in-game footage displayed on the Wells Fargo Center center-hung scoreboard, among other tests.
Cord most recently served as the senior correspondent for SIXERS.COM during the 2011-12 season, after spending the previous 14 seasons as the Sixers’ public address announcer. Cord will continue to work with SIXERS.COM, albeit on a more limited schedule. He will be joined on camera at SIXERS.COM by Ayla Brown, the talented national recording artist and former Division 1 NCAA basketball player who also will start her second season performing the National Anthem at all Sixers games.
“Last season, we moved Matt Cord to on-air interviewing at SIXERS.COM where he did a superb job. Virtually all season long, the 76ers led the entire NBA in increased visitation to individual teams’ web sites. While we were thrilled by the increased interest in the 76ers online, it was also readily apparent that we missed Matt’s energy and style on game nights as Sixers PA announcer,” said Sixers CEO and Co-Owner Adam Aron. “In setting out to find a new PA announcer for the coming season, we announced public auditions and heard more than 100 experienced and intriguing applicants. Matt was willing to be considered as well, and auditioned along with everyone else. The charisma he brought to the microphone far surpassed that of any other candidate. I cannot wait to hear his voice ring throughout the Wells Fargo Center this year.”
Aron added: “Kevin Casey will be a phenomenal addition to our team as well, bringing a wealth of announcing experience to the Sixers. We are delighted he will be with us. And what can one say about Ayla Brown that hasn’t already been said. She’s vivacious and immensely knowledgeable about basketball, having been a Division 1 starter throughout her entire collegiate career. What’s more, as an American Idol finalist, she is experienced and comfortable in front of a television camera.”
Matt Cord is an on-air personality at 93.3 WMMR weeknights from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. His radio career began in New York at WBLI-FM and WDRE-FM before returning to Philadelphia in 1993 as a deejay at WMMR-FM then WPLY-FM. Upon his return, Cord also had announcing duties for the Philadelphia Phantoms and Philadelphia Wings.
Kevin Casey has 16 years of professional and collegiate experience in the Philadelphia region. Casey currently serves as public address announcer for the Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Wings, Camden Riversharks, as well as two college teams. He also announces for U.S. Soccer and World Football Challenge on a regional basis, and was the former announcer for the Philadelphia KiXX.
Ayla Brown graduated from Boston College with a communications major, and started for its varsity woman’s basketball team all throughout her four years there. She is currently a recording artist, with four albums to her credit and a new patriotic album “Heroes and Hometowns” expected to be released next month. Her broadcasting credits include having served as a national news correspondent for CBS’ The Early Show and having reached the finals on American Idol in 2006 having competed against some 135,000 other contestants.
The five finalists for the 76ers public address announcer role included Cord and Casey, as well as Kevin Linton, public address announcer for the Wilmington Blue Rocks; Brian Startare, radio personality for 94 WIP; and Mark Shepperd, a veteran Philadelphia radio DJ.
Cord’s first game of the season will be this Saturday’s Boardwalk Classic preseason game, when the Sixers host the Brooklyn Nets at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall at 7:00 p.m. The game is sponsored by Caesars Atlantic City and Global Spectrum, with Longport Media as the promotional partner. He is expected to call all the remaining pre-season, regular season and playoff games thereafter.