Donald Trump’s transition team has decided not to use the services of the inauguration announcer who has worked every parade for the past 60 years, according to Washington, DC’s ABC Affiliate WJLA.
Charlie Brotman, who has been the announcer for every presidential inauguration since 1957, will be away from the microphone for Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20 — after the Trump team dumped him. That will make Trump the first President since Dwight Eisenhower whose parade will not be narrated by Brotman.
Brotman told WJLA he was “heartbroken” to learn he wouldn’t be announcing what would have been his 12th inaugural parade.
Speaking to WJLA, Brotman said:
“I’ve been doing this for 60 years. I was destroyed.”
Additionally, Brotman told The Washington Post:
“I know I can do it. I know that I’ve done it many many times. They ask me every time and it’s such an honor.”
Brotman, once known as the voice of the Washington Senators baseball team, said he had already started to prepare for the upcoming inaugural parade before he learned he was not going to have a role.
The Trump transition team has instead chosen Steve Ray, a 58-year-old freelance radio announcer who volunteered for the Trump campaign, to announce the inaugural parade on January 20th. The Trump transition team said Brotman will be recognized as “Announcer Chairman Emeritus.”
An incredibly good sport, Brotman said of Ray, “I want him to do good.”
Brotman told WJLA he considers himself “one lucky son of a gun” for having the opportunity to be the voice of the inaugural parade for 60 years. Brotman doesn’t whether he will attend this year’s parade.
In the Trump transition team’s statement detailing parade plans, it recognized Brotman as “the voice of the inaugural parade.”
“Since 1957, millions of Americans and countless entertainers have come to recognize Charlie Brotman as the voice of the inaugural parade,” the statement said. “The Presidential Inaugural Committee will be proud to honor Charlie as Announcer Chairman Emeritus on January 20. We are thrilled for Steve Ray to be introducing a new generation of Americans to the grand traditions of the inaugural parade.”