Local man set to take over the P.A. duties for FSU baseball
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -If you’ve been to a football, baseball or basketball game in Bay County in recent years, you’ve probably heard and-or seen Steve Moss doing the public address announcing in some of those games.
Currently he’s calling the P-A for Arnold basketball home games, among other duties. That along with his two day jobs, financial advisor and Bay County School Board Member.
Two years ago, FSU’s longtime PA announcer retired, and Steve was among those who auditioned.
“Actually they had open tryouts at Florida State.” Steve told me via Zoom this week. “A friend of mine knew that I had done some local P.A. announcing for some local teams, and also at Gulf Coast. And said hey are you interested in this? And I auditioned. And I was in the top three. So last year I was the official back up. This year they said, for whatever reasons, things didn’t work out with the guy last year. And asked me to be the full-time PA announcer. So instead of the back up, it looks like I’ll be the guy this year up in the P.A. booth for FSU baseball.”
Steve actually did a game last season, before COVID shut things down, kind of a second audition which helped land him the job. Moss tells me he’s realistic about the commitment involved, starting with the logistics of it all.
“Tallahassee is two hours away, in a different time zone right?” Steve said. “Also I wanted to make sure it fit into my schedule. FSU, although they are paired down a little bit this year, with this upcoming season because of COVID, they still have 30 home games. So that’s a lot of logistics wise, going back-and-forth from here to Tallahassee. But once the schedule kind of came out, I looked at making it happen. And rarely do you have this type of opportunity. So yes I understand it’s two hours away. Yes I understand it’s a pretty big commitment with 30 home games, but I’m excited.”
Moss said there is some pay involved with this gig, but he says that certainly isn’t any part of his motivation for taking it.
“I love baseball, we’re a baseball family. I’ve coached it, my son plays it. If you call the house and we’re not there we are probably at the baseball field. So we’re a baseball family. I’m doing this because I love baseball it’s definitely not for the money. Honestly if you looked at the cost involved, with travel back and forth, and what they pay per game, I’ll probably lose money doing it Scott. But we are a baseball family. And what an opportunity at the Division I level to serve in this capacity for FSU.”
Steve’s first game doing the announcing at FSU comes February 19th when the Seminoles open the season at home against North Florida.
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