Illinois State Athletics is ready to hire the next Voice of the Redbirds and encourages interested individuals to apply through one of two ways.

The Illinois State Athletics Department wants to fill the positions of Redbird football and men’s basketball public address announcer by asking interested community members to submit online videos highlighting their announcing skills. One video submitter will be guaranteed as a finalist for a position.

Those interested are encouraged to make a video displaying how they would announce for ISU, including terminology utilized for football and/or men’s basketball, and any personal extras they would like to add. Videos are to be submitted online through the official Illinois State Athletics Facebook fan page as a YouTube or Vimeo URL link on the contest tab, located just below the cover photo on the right-hand side.

Once videos are submitted and posted on the ISURedbirds Facebook page, all videos will be open to the public to view and vote on. The Top 3 videos that receive the most votes by midnight June 3 will be selected as finalists, and the winner will receive the opportunity to audition in-person. The final round of voting will be open from June 4 through midnight on June 10. All voting in unlimited, so fans are urged to vote as much as they would like for the video they want to win.

In addition to submitting videos online, all entries must be accompanied with the informational questionnaire available on Videos submitted without the questionnaire will not be eligible to win. Although becoming the video submission winner does not guarantee one of the announcer positions, fan votes and comments will be included in the final judges decisions.

For more information, and for those who are unable to submit a video, please contact the Director of Marketing LB Nagle by email at or phone at (309) 438-3630.