“It’s a dream come true,” says Andrew Belleson '09, about his job as the newest voice echoing throughout Wrigley Field. His first official in-game announcements were heard at a April 1, 2011 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
A native of Arlington Heights, Ill., (and a lifelong Cubs fan), Belleson graduated Concordia University Chicago with a bachelor of science in business management. After graduation, Belleson owned his own hotdog stand in Naperville, Ill., until a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity became available.
Through a CareerBuilder posting and based on his sister’s urging, Belleson applied for the position of the Chicago Cubs public announcer position. He was one of 3,000 applicants from 48 states who sought the position in February 2011.
Broadcasting wasn’t new to Belleson. He began his broadcast career at age 15 when he helped out with the Rockford RiverHawks on a part-time basis during summers. While at CUC he broadcast football and men’s and women’s basketball games on the campus’ local radio station WCGR. His career started while working with fellow CUC alum Sam Kruel '10, broadcasting the Concordia Invitational Tournament in Michigan.
“It was a great experience,” Belleson says. “We had a lot of fun—especially during my senior year when the football team started producing great results.”
Belleson was selected as one of the top 25 finalists for the position and was called in to do a live audition. He says he didn’t expect to make it, and considered himself lucky to just be a finalist. Luck was on his side, as the pool was reduced to four finalists. Ultimately, Belleson was offered the position as the Cubs Public Address (PA) announcer.