Former Washington Senators announcer Charlie Brotman has been the formal parade announcer and emcee for every presidential inauguration since Dwight D. Eisenhower’s in 1957.
However, Donald Trump’s transition team has decided to replace the 89-year-old at this year’s inaugural event, after Brotman’s having served nearly 60 years in the role.
According to CNN, Brotman was disheartened when he received an email regarding the news. Brotman told CNN’s Carol Costello: “I looked at at my email, then I got the shock of my life. I felt like Muhammad Ali had hit me in the stomach. When I read the email from the Trump team, I thought I was going to commit suicide.”
Brotman also claims he is not sure why the Trump team decided to replace him.
The expected replacement for Brotman will be 58-year-old announcer Steve Ray, who is based in Washington, D.C., and has done work for the Washington Nationals. Brotman says he hopes Ray does a “spectacular” job and wished him luck.
Former President Eisenhower reportedly asked Brotman to serve as the emcee for his inaugural parade back in 1956, after Brotman introduced Eisenhower at a Washington Senators baseball game.
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