Travis Quinn picks up mic at NC State
Posted August 10
Raleigh, N.C. — When Travis Quinn began calling Little League baseball games, he was just mimicking the announcers at Kinston Indians games.
Surrounded by the crack of bats and murmur of crowds, Quinn found his voice.
"As a kid, as a seven-year-old, I might as well have been watching Major League Baseball — I thought I was watching the big time," Quinn said. "I could hear the announcer and the excitement that he generated for the fans at the game."
When the Wolfpack has its first home game on Sept. 9 against Marshall, Quinn's will be the new voice booming through the PA system. After 18 years, the Goldsboro native replaces Ed Funkhouser, who called games from 1999 through 2016.
Quinn, 32, auditioned for the job after seeing North Carolina State University's open call for applications. He interviewed, called a mock game, and eventually beat out more than 90 other applicants to win the spot.
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By day, Quinn is the director of sales at Mother Earth Brewing in Kinston, and he pledged allegiance to State at an early age, making his new gig a dream. His wife, an NC State grad, was equally as jazzed.
"My schedule with the brewery has always been kind of hectic, there's a lot of travel involved, so I was a little bit nervuos when I said, 'Hey, I want to apply for this,'" Quinn said. "But with her being a State alumni, she encouraged me, without hesitation, she said, 'You absolutely have to go for this, you absolutely have to do this.'"
Quinn knows announcers are stitched into the fabric of game day traditions at stadiums across the country, especially at schools like NC State. So, taking over for a voice like Funkhouser isn't an easy task. Quinn said he's not looking to be another Funkhouser — he can't call the game the same way — but he does want to sew his own cloth into game day at Carter-Finley Stadium.
"Part of being in that position, too, is you sort of try to pay attention to what the fans react to and what they're feeding off of and how they're taking those things," Quinn said.
"(You) just see what grows out of it organically."