YANKEES PA ANNOUNCER BOB SHEPPARD
From AOL Fanhouse:
New York Yankees stadium announcer Bob Sheppard is arguably the greatest voice in the history of baseball. Unfortunately, the 97-year-old Sheppard has been in such poor health he hasn’t been able to attend a single game this season. That didn’t stop the Yankees from using Sheppard as the stadium announcer for Tuesday’s All Star Game.
Sheppard recorded the names and numbers of every Yankee before the season. CNBC’s Darren Rovell has a great piece that says if the Yankees choose to do so they could use Bob Sheppard as their stadium announcer FOREVER.
The state of text-to-speech technology has advanced so much that the Yankees would theoretically have the ability to use Sheppard’s voice as the Yankee’s stadium announcer as long as they want. The Yankees could simply record Sheppard’s audio into a digital storage vault and edit the names of not yet existing players into the text-to-speech database.
Rovell interviews a person from a top company that employs such technology. He says,
“If we had some time and money – and the Yankees certainly might have that bankroll — we could do this.”
According to a poll on CNBC, 70% of Yankee fans believe the club should use Bob Sheppard’s voice “forever.”