Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Dan Baker out as PA Eagles' announcer
By Andy Jasner
After 29 seasons as the Philadelphia Eagles' public address announcer, Dan Baker will be leaving his position, according to a release issued by the team on Wednesday.
The release stated that the Eagles decided to make a change and told Baker last week.
“Dan is the ultimate professional and even though he was disappointed with the direction we are heading, he was accepting of our decision to make the change,” team president Don Smolenski said in a statement. “We are very appreciative of his dedication and service. He never missed a single game.”
According to the release, as the game-day experience continues to evolve with expanded audio and visual enhancements, the game-telling experience is no longer the responsibility of a single person.
“It is a true multimedia experience,” Smolenski added.
The Eagles will begin a search for a new public address announcer and will work closely with an outside agency to aid in this transition.
“I want to thank Mr. [Jeffrey] Lurie, the Philadelphia Eagles and the fans for the privilege of announcing 29 great years of Eagles football,” Baker said in a statement. “It has truly been an honor.”
The Eagles announced that they will recognize Baker at the season-opening game on Sept. 7 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.