HARTFORD — Meriden native Jared Doyon is just 24 years of age, yet already living out his baseball aspirations.
Those aspirations aren’t on the diamond, but rather in the broadcasting booth, as he dreams to be an announcer for professional sporting events.
Actually, he’s not just dreaming. This summer, Doyon served as the public address announcer for more than 30 Hartford Yard Goats games at Dunkin’ Donuts Park.
He’s also lent his voice to Hartford Wolf Pack minor league hockey games and Quinnipiac Univeristy athletic events.
“When I was little I used to go to games for the Wolf Pack and baseball games in New Britain,” Doyon said Thursday afternoon as he prepared to work the Yard Goats’ final home game of the 2018 Eastern League season.
“At those games I’d hear the voice over the PA and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s cool; nobody knows who that is, but everybody hears him.”
After graduating from Maloney in 2012, Doyon enrolled in the Connecticut School of Broadcasting. Initially unsure of what he wanted to do within the broadcasting field, he eventually found his way to the sports announcer’s booth.
He found success and established professionalism while announcing with the Wolf Pack. That led to him being recommended by his peers for a position with the Yard Goats. Doyon did 16 games for the Double-A franchise of the Colorado Rockies last year and doubled that this season.
“My first game was pretty cool. I couldn’t believe that I was talking into this microphone at the newest and nicest ball park in minor league baseball throughout the country,” said Doyon. “As I do it more and more, I realize that it’s not about me. I love to talk, but what it’s about is getting the correct information to the fans.”
As he’s gone on and gotten more experience, Doyon has improved his craft. With experience comes comfort, and being comfortable as an announcer is paramount since nervousness in one’s voice is detectable.
Another way Doyon has improved is by listening to his contemporaries. He studies their style and flow.
When it’s his turn at the mic, Doyon doesn’t rush, and he makes sure he’s prepared.
“I just try to go as slow as I can,” said Doyon. “I do that so people can understand what I’m saying. I also make sure that before the games that I go over the names. I always want to make sure that I say them right. That’s like my number one thing.”
Nobody can say Doyon doesn’t prepare for his job. He will often check with the Yard Goats radio broadcasters to make sure he has the pronunciation correct for every name on the roster. He does the same with broadcasters who are in town with the opposing teams.
And, like all the Eastern League players who come through Dunkin’ Donuts Park and all the American Hockey League players who pass through the Civic Center, Doyon is hopeful of climbing the professional ladder.
“My goal is to one day do this in the NHL or MLB,” said Doyon. “I just have to do my job. I have a lot of experience for somebody my age, so hopefully I’ll be able to do this in the big leagues. That is the goal. May not happen or may happen, but I’m having a blast here.”