Re: End of an era: Voice of the 49ers Dan Smith let go
Could be true, but no one is talking about what was the cause. Dan isn't talking nor is he permitting the school to divulge what it was. Again, if just something he said in announcing the game, someone must have heard it and can post it here; unless there is much more to this than what is being posted here.
This is crazy. I totally agree with every comment. Any new manager worth anything would take a long term employee aside and counsel the employee about new expectations.
Also, if I were brand new at a position, I would run it up the managerial chain to Mr. Fee and get his blessing. If power hungry, Sean, did this then the blame, once again, is at the Feet of Fee.
From what was said originally by you, Dan not retiring appears to be a given. Did anyone hear what Dan said during announcing the scrimmage that led to Dan being let go?
Dan did NOT retire. The new Senior AD for External Relations Sean Ferrera (along with head SID Roger Kirk) was the one who let Dan go. For those of you who were at the women's volleyball scrimmage versus Pepperdine, Sean didn't like the way some things Dan was announcing, therefore since he was the new sheriff in town, he had to show who's boss.
Since even Dennis hasn't been told the reason for the sudden departure, could it be that it was something embarrassing to Dan and/or the school and they were giving him respect by not publishing it?
In my opinion this is a very sad day for LBS Athletics. I have known Dan for 40 years or so and he is a GREAT guy. Over the last couple of days I have been at our house in Long Beach and have attended the WVB games. I have talked to fans and administration on the matter for hours. The fans are upset, and if there were and issues with Dan's performance now or in the past, it is my opinion that they could have been dealt with in a manner other than terminating his contract. I have voiced my opinion to all that would listen, and I do not expect anything to change.
As some of you may know, Dan has been doing Fullerton games when he is not doing LBS games. It is going to be really tough to go to the games at Fullerton in the future and to see the VOICE OF LONG BEACH STATE being their game announcer!!!
Dan, you are the BEST, and Susan, Tracey, and I are REALLY going to miss you. You are, and always be considerer the VOICE OF LONG BEACH STATE!!!
Long time Long Beach State public address announcer and alum Dan Smith was let go by the new kid in town, Senior Associate Athletic Director/External Relations Sean Ferrera this past Monday.
Dan was been involved with LBSU Athletics for more than 35 years. He was a member of the LBSU marching band, the Big Brown Music Machine. He also worked in the sports information department. Dan's resume as PA announcer probably is more than three pages long as he has announced all 49er athletic home events including football. Dan has been the voice of the Big West Conference basketball tournaments, NCAA West Regional First & Second Rounds (Long Beach Arena), NCAA West Regional (Honda Center), Wooden Classic and many more events.
It's pretty said that when we get new folks hired into the athletic department and university administration and try to change tradition such our nickname 49ers and mascot Prospector Pete or try to bring in their ideas so they can put it on their resume and then leave for higher pastures.
Sean Ferrera is a coward along with the two Santa Barbara idiots Jane Conoley and Andy Fee. LBSU alumni stop your donations until these three clowns leave.
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