Five Questions for Chuck Roberts, Memphis Tigers PA Announcer

Posted by Holly Whitfield | January 14th 2010 2479 0

Excuse me while I go a little bit fangirl for a minute. In order to interview Chuck Roberts, the PA announcer for the University of Memphis men’s basketball home games, I got to go down to the floor level at the FedEx Forum.

Courtside at the FedEx Forum

Courtside at the FedEx Forum

To get there, you go down a really steep driveway into the basement of the building. There are some choice parking spaces down there (including Josh Pastner’s). The Tigers’ bus was pulling in as I was walking down the ramp, and I got to walk into the building right behind the team (I even got a little “hey, what’s up” nod – Squeee!).

Before I went to the Forum yesterday, I had no idea where the PA announcer sat during Tigers games. I just took the booming disembodied voice yelling “FOR THREEEEEEEE!” to be something akin to the voice of a basketball-obsessed omnipresent god. It’s nothing like that, really. Chuck is a regular guy in a blue vest who gets to sit in the best seat in the house for all of the Tigers’ home games.

He was kind enough to answer my questions about why people love the Tigers so much, what it’s like to live his dream, and exactly how many e’s go into every “for threeeeeeeeeee!”

Once the pep band took a break from warming up, Chuck tested the mic:

You can catch Chuck Roberts in action at any Tigers home game.

Chuck Roberts loves Memphis

Chuck Roberts loves Memphis

Author: Holly Whitfield

I write about what’s going on with Memphis music, food, arts, events, sports, people, and culture. Memphians love Elvis and barbeque with a passion that must be seen to be believed, but there is so much more to this place.

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  1. Kmo says:

    Nice interview! Didn’t know he went to CBU; that’s where I graduated from! Found you through Twitter and have been hanging around your site for the past week or so now. Your site’s a great place to get info on awesome places around Memphis!

  2. Kerry would you mind me linking and featuring your story on Chuck Roberts in my PA Announcer blog? I have over 400 pa announcers who would probably enjoy this piece…

  3. […] that Roberts forgot any of that. He’s been the Memphis P.A. since 1996 and says the pregame introductions are one of his favorite parts of the job. But this is one he’d certainly rather […]

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