- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

MIAMI, Okla. (AP) - The man behind the microphone that Miami sports fans love to hear, Jeremy Radebaugh, is retiring from public address announcing after 20 years.

Radebaugh is known around the community for his voice which echoes across the stands at football and basketball games, The Miami News-Record (https://bit.ly/1LJ1jZ1 ) reported.

He modeled himself after the man he said is the industry standard, former Miamian Larry Reece — the voice of the OSU Cowboys.

After 20 years of telling who is coming into a game or who scored a touchdown at sporting events, Radebaugh said it is time to retire. He has informed Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; College and Miami High School that this is his last year of announcing football and basketball.

As long as he is in Miami, Radebaugh said he will continue to volunteer around the community as an announcer for certain events.

“I will do a game here and there, if they need it, but it’s something I can’t commit to anymore,” he said.

His son, Tyler, is a senior at MHS, and his daughter, Maci, lives in Broken Arrow. Radebaugh said he would like to spend more time with his family and wants to dedicate his time to them.

“I’ve done it for so long, and my daughter is married and near Tulsa,” Radebaugh said. “My son is a senior. I just feel like I can’t commit the time anymore on a regular basis.”

This fall, Radebaugh said he will coach his son’s soccer team.

“There are a lot of things coming up in my life that I need to spend time doing that I haven’t been able to,” he said.

Radebaugh has always loved sports and grew up playing soccer and baseball. He attended NEO for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State, where he graduated in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

Then, he attended Pittsburg State University, where he received a master’s degree in mathematics and secondary education.

With his degree in math, he now teaches at Northeast Technology Center at the Afton and Kansas campuses.

“I started teaching math there as of Aug. 1,” Radebaugh said. “Before that, I taught AP Calculus at Oklahoma School of Science and Math (OSSM) for 14 years. Now, I teach whatever math they need taught at NTC. I spent five years at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M; College prior to all of that.

“That’s where I got my start, at NEO. My first year, they didn’t have anybody doing the master of ceremonies. Randy Gibson, who was the head women’s basketball coach at the time, came up to me and asked if this is something I’d like to try.

“My voice carries a mile and I can talk pretty fast, so I said I’ll try it. I fell in love with it. It’s something that has clicked with me and I have always been a sports fan.”

He soon became popular in the sports world and was asked to announce more games.

“I got my start doing basketball for NEO, which includes the NEO tournament,” Radebaugh said. “In doing that, Rusty Mercer, who coached the boys basketball team at Miami High School, approached me a couple of years in at NEO. He asked me if I could announce at Miami High School and that’s when I started doing MHS basketball. Also, pretty early, I started doing football at NEO.”

Ron Stowell was the previous public address announcer for MHS football games. After Stowell retired, Radebaugh stepped in.

“Miami football had Stowell, who did it for many years, but he retired five years ago,” Radebaugh said. “I’ve only been doing Miami football for about five years.”

Radebaugh said his teaching career goes hand-in-hand with being a public address announcer.

“If you’re a teacher, you need to be up in front of people and project your voice,” he said. “The students need to understand what you’re saying, so I feel like my ability to teach well and relay information plays right over into my ability to do that with a crowd at a basketball or football game.”

He has also been the master of ceremonies for prom events and the INTEGRIS Baptist Regional Health Center Auxiliary-sponsored basketball tournaments.

As a token of appreciation, the INTEGRIS Auxiliary group gave Radebaugh a special, engraved plaque Wednesday for his volunteer work where he announced at their basketball tournaments. The proceeds of the tournaments go toward the INTEGRIS nursing scholarship at NEO.

“It’s very flattering to receive this plaque,” Radebaugh said. “It’s not necessary at all, but it makes me feel good. It’s great to feel appreciated and I feel the same way about them. The volunteers here at the hospital do great things. I’m very thankful. I’ll definitely hang it in my office or my house.”

Radebaugh said he is excited to step away from the mike.

“I’m looking forward to being a fan,” he said with a smile. “I haven’t been able to just be a fan because I’ve always been working. I’m really looking forward to being a fan at NEO and MHS games and sit with my friends and family.”

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Information from: The Miami News-Record, https://www.miaminewsrecord.com


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