FAIRBORN — Wanted: experienced broadcasters who feel comfortable talking on the fly for Fairborn’s channel five during the annual Fourth of July parade.
“If they’re starting out in this business, they get exposure and experience,” Channel five Producer/Director Mark Neuman said.
The Fourth of July parade includes two sets of announcers: one speaks to the attendees at the parade, while the other speaks on channel five. The difference is that the parade announcer can be silent from time to time and allow the event to speak for itself. The television announcers cannot allow “dead air” time to take place. Therefore, they must keep speaking.
Rob Degenhart, an involved Fairborn citizen, currently serves as the parade announcer. The television announcer position opened up after Lew and Diana Lewis retired from the role last year.
Neuman said applicants must have some type of television, webcast or radio broadcast experience. They would arrive as parade organizers are getting set up approximately 7:30-8 a.m., going through the line up and deciding what to say on the air. They would be finished by about noon.
“They’ve got to keep talking, they can’t stop and allow ‘dead air,’” Neuman said. “It’s a whole different mindset on what it takes to announce. You’ve got to have some kind of short stories, things to talk about or someone [with you to communicate with], so there’s still some kind of talking going on.”
Paul Newman, executive director emeritus of the Fairborn Area Chamber of Commerce who has also been involved in organizing Fairborn’s Fourth of July events for several years, said application brochures for space at Fairborn’s annual July third Family Block Party and entrance in the Fourth of July Parade are currently available at the Chamber, as well as Foy’s Stores, Hollon’s Flowers and the lobby of the Fairborn Government Center.
Individuals interested in having space at the block party must have applications turned in by Monday, June 19, while individuals wishing to participate in the parade must have applications turned back in by Monday, June 12.
The block party is slated for 4-10 p.m. Monday, July 3 on Main Street in Fairborn. Costs for a 22-foot-by 10 foot booth space ranges from $40 without electric to $50 with electric for all non-profit groups and organizations. Commercial booth space costs are $75 without electric and $85 with electric.
The Fourth of July parade will take place 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 4. Fireworks are slated for dusk at Community Park. There is no charge for the first two vehicles in the parade with a fee of $50 required for each additional vehicle. Up to 12 different awards will be presented to those judged to be best in varied categories.
For additional information, contact Jamie Bauer at Fairborn4th@aol.com or call 937-672-1928.
Herald News Report compiled by Whitney Vickers.