Cubs looking for PA announcer

CHICAGO -- How does "The Voice of Wrigley Field" sound as a new job title?

The Chicago Cubs announced Monday they are searching for a new public address announcer at the Friendly Confines, and they are opening the job search up to anyone, posting the ad on jobs site careerbuilder.com.

Candidates are invited to send in their applications -- including an audio or video sample -- by March 7. Finalists will be chosen for live auditions at Wrigley Field by March 14 with a final decision to be made by March 25.

The online job ad says experience working as a public address announcer in college or professional sports is preferred, but candidates "of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply."

"This is a dream opportunity for someone to be the voice at Wrigley Field and to leave a lasting impression on more than 3 million fans each season," said Wally Hayward, executive vice president and chief sales and marketing officer of the Cubs.

The new announcer will replace Paul Friedman, who held the position for 16 seasons. Friedman left the Cubs to become Director of Corporate Sponsorship and Business Development at Chicago Public Radio.

The Cubs open the season at Wrigley Field against the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 1.