STUDENTS

Andrew Belleson '09

Business management major, from Arlington Heights, Illinois

Public address announcer for Chicago Cubs

“It’s a dream come true,” says Andrew, about his job as the public address announcer at Wrigley Field. His first official in-game announcements were heard at an April 1, 2011 game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

A lifelong Cubs fan, Andrew graduated Concordia University Chicago with a bachelor of science in business management. After graduation, Andrew owned his own hotdog stand in Naperville, Illinois, until a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity became available.

Through a CareerBuilder posting and based on his sister’s urging, Andrew applied for the position of the Chicago Cubs public address announcer. He was one of 3,000 applicants from 48 states who sought the position.

Broadcasting wasn’t new to Andrew. 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 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,” Andrew says. “We had a lot of fun—especially during my senior year when the football team started producing great results.”

Andrew was selected as one of the top 25 finalists for the PA announcer position and was called in to do a live audition. He says he didn’t expect to make it and considered himself lucky just to be a finalist. Luck was on his side, as the pool was reduced to four finalists. Ultimately, Andrew was offered the position as the Cubs public address announcer.