Edited by Fred A on October 11, 2014, 10:02 am
I'd be more-than-happy to answer this.
The announcer's job is busier than all get out. You simply don't just announce the meet. You are working directly with a scorekeeper who usually is new to the job. He/she has volunteered to help and it is much appreciated but as the announcer, you are a partime scorekeeper as well. The announcer sets the pace for the meet and ensures things 'flow'. In essence, the announcer runs the meet (sorry head judge- flipping a light ain't that hard).
So as an announcer you worry about:
The order of lifting,
The weight on the bar,
The position in flight,
The rack height,
The time it takes to load the bar,
The timing of the lift itself,
The pace of warmups for the next flight,
The stupid hand signals you get from the head ref,
The engagement of the audience,
The announcing of the weight and whether its a record,
The proper pronunciation of the lifter's name,
and...if you can personalize, their home town.
Double all this if its two platform. I only know three people who do this with excellence. (One lives outside of Amarillo and her name ain't Boxcar.)
I do understand what you are asking for.... it would just complicate the process beyond functionality.
Richard - I would recommend picking a small meet near your home town and announce and score the next NASA meet.