To every MC out there.
I am an MC in training. I am sophomore and i really would like to MC at a regional event sometime after college, mybe during. I am just wondering how you get to be in a position to MC for a regional/national division. On thing that i have put a lot of efffort into is to know as much as i can about every team at every event i have been to, and i want to know what will help my dream to become a reality.
MC is a position that is usually filled by FIRST or the Regional committee. This position is one that is very important, only 1 per regional and has a lot of experienced people doing it. There are few openings and you must be in the right place at the right time. It is also a skilled position. There are many who have tried it and many who have failed. You must realize that this position is the most visable of all. You also must realize that to be good at this position you must be self confident, self analysing and self less. Some of the people who do it do it because it puts them in the limelight. This is the wrong reason. The MC must remember that the position is about everyone else. You must try to boost others and instill excitement at the event without being the event. This is a very tough job to do. You must also be aware of all that is happening with the teams. You need to do tons of homework on the teams attending. You must have a lot of controlled energy. You must watch what you say and how you say it. You can’t show any favoritism. It is a very rewarding job but one that is earned by respect. Look at those that are MCing now. Most are engineers or mentors with alot of time with FIRST. They have earned the right to be seen and noticed. Most have shown that they hold FIRST and the students ahead of themselves. They are the spirit of FIRST when on the field.
I am not trying to put you off of the position. I am just opening your eyes to what the position entitles. I have worked with quite a few MC’s and almost all have been around for quite a while. The rookie MC’s that I have worked with have been good and not so good (Paul C you are on the good). The MC must work well with the announcer (thats me). If the two people are not on the same page a lot can go wrong. Teamwork is very important as well as personality (Paul, I don’t know how you did so well with no personality …OOOPS). You need to be a fun person as well. The most important need to be an MC is…
dez250 thanks for pointing out that thread for announcers, but, Announcers are NOT Master of Ceremonies (MC’s) These are two seperate positions.
The MC or Master of Ceremonies is the “Visual” as well as “Vocal” presence of FIRST at the competitions. To the many people in the audience “they are FIRST.” ie Blair Hundertmark
The announcer on the other hand is the “Voice” of the competition, and is responsible to support the MC , make public address announcements and to call the “Play by Play” action. They are not to be “Visual”, they use their vocal talents to support the game, not to become a part of the “Visual” show.
Ha ha!! Andy Grady did the almost exact same thing when we were in NYC this year.
He was one of two Announcers at the NYC regional on Saturday, and made a comment like “Now as you may know I am from Massachusettes and am a big Red Sox Fan…” which brought a huge response from the crowd, and a outbreak of laughter by me, and then he continued, “But, since I am in NYC now, I want to hear everyone here who is a Yankee fan make some noise” in which a deafening roar was heard by the audience.
Sometimes, you have to put a personal touch on the event, and make fun of yourself to a certain extent.
A wonderful person to contact is Ron Partridge (is that how you spell his name?). Along with not being able to spell his name, I have no idea of how to contact him, just that you should. He’s a great guy and an excellent MC, full of great FIRST stories.