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Gilford man a finalist for Red Sox PA announcer gig

A retired minister in Gilford is one of 30 finalists to become the next Red Sox PA announcer.

The Rev. William Morley, 82, grew up in Boston and recalls shining shoes outside Fenway Park in the 1940s. The Air Force veteran worked as a minister in Maine and retired to Gilford’s Wesley Woods community. Last year, he heard the Red Sox were holding auditions at Fenway and went to try out.

“I took the test – kind of a hilarious time, you know, in that it was kind of rewarding and romantic,” he said.

When Morley became a finalist, he said he wasn’t very surprised because he’d been creative with his voice – “not to be egotistical,” he added.

He returned this month for a second round of auditions, but wasn’t too nervous.

“My son said, ‘Are you ready for this?’ and I said, ‘Bring ’em on, man.’ ”

Morley said he hasn’t heard whether he made it to the third round of auditions.


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