Arlington Heights Resident Scores Dream Job

March 26, 2011

We often talk about the clear relationship between the employment rate and the recovery of the Chicago real estate market, and we like to alert our readers about interesting job opportunities that arise.

We recently did just that, and now we get to tell you the winner of what many would consider to be the opportunity-of-a-lifetime, including me.

Thousands applied to be the next public address announcer for the Chicago Cubs, and the team has found a new voice.

Andrew Belleson

Andrew Belleson

We congratulate Andrew Belleson, 24, of Arlington Heights, on his new career.

While the candidates did not have to have professional experience, Belleson did. For a portion of five seasons he performed duties as a public address announcer and radio broadcaster for the Rockford RiverHawks, a minor league baseball team in Loves Park.

“We’re excited for a former member of the organization to be in one of the most prominent roles in baseball,” said RiverHawks general manager Brad Sholes. “We wish him luck.”

Candidates did have to have knowledge of the game of baseball. Belleson played college ball at Concordia University in River Forest, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration with a concentration in radio/television broadcasting.

The Cubs chose Belleson from 2,954 applicants in 48 states and Canada to replace team announcer Paul Friedman.

Want to see Belleson’s audition tape? Check it out!

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