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Orioles introduce their new public address announcer

The Orioles announced on Tuesday that they have selected their new public address announcer for Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Ryan Wagner, a lifelong Orioles fan from Baltimore, is the new "Voice of Oriole Park."

Wagner, who was picked out of a field of 670 applicants, was one of 25 finalists whom the organization asked to try out at Camden Yards earlier this month. Wagner, a graduate of Frostburg State University who also attended the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland, spent the 2011 season in a condo in New York City and watched more than 2,450 games after winning Major League Baseball's Fan Cave contest.

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"As a lifelong Orioles fan, being named the Voice of Oriole Park at Camden Yards is indescribably amazing," Wagner said in a statement. "I spent my childhood attending games at Camden Yards, often pretending to be Rex Barney or David McGowan announcing Orioles legends. I will never forget the happiness and excitement I felt when I became a member of the Orioles organization, and I promise every Oriole fan that they will hear my very best effort, every time they come to the greatest ballpark in professional baseball."

Orioles Director of Communications Greg Bader said Wagner distinguished himself as "the clear choice" from "a vast and diverse field of well qualified applicants" to become the team's new public address announcer.

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"Ryan's traditional delivery is a style familiar to Orioles fans, and he brings an energy and freshness that we know people attending a game at Camden Yards will enjoy," Bader said in the statement. "The authenticity of Ryan's voice and his smooth delivery are what stood out the most to us."

The Orioles' season opener is scheduled for Friday, April 6 at Camden Yards. They play the Minnesota Twins.

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