He might not be a household name, but what a career it’s been for Virginia high school PA announcer Bill Knott. 51 years at the microphone and 51 years spent at the “press box”, many of which were before an official press box was even built.
Dinwiddie High School’s Bill Knott has seen a lot in his career as the voice of the school. He’s the only PA announcer the school has even known and has been the sound track to many great moments over the years. Whether from the press box that bares his name, or from the lawn chair on the sideline that he started his career with…Knott is a legend in Virginia High School sports.
The Richmond Times Dispatch did an article on Knott recently, talking about his illustrious career that he’s stepping away from after five decades.
Bill Knott, Dinwiddie High School’s football announcer, has decided to drop the mic after 51 years.
Knott, 80, is the only football public address announcer in Dinwiddie’s history. A Dinwiddie native, he joined when the program started in 1965 because he enjoyed being involved with the school’s athletics, and he’s called nearly every home game since — he missed just one in 2010 because of pneumonia.
When Knott began, there was no press box. He sat in a lawn chair above the bleachers and spoke into a microphone that was connected to one speaker, mounted on a tall wooden pole. Since then, there have been two press boxes, each bigger and better equipped than the other.
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