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Signing off

  • Signing off
    Copyright 2013
Published November 20. 2013 05:00PM

For two decades, one thing remained constant at Northwestern Lehigh football home games the announcer's voice out of the press box.

Since the 1993 football season, Ken Fisher, a former Northwestern Lehigh Assistant Principal, has been the Tigers' announcer whenever the team played on its home field.

During the Tigers' Eastern Conference Class AA championships against North Schuylkill on Friday, Fisher called his last game in the press box for the Tigers.

"It was just another way to stay close with the kids, and stay involved with the students in a different role," Fisher said. "I had coached in the past, so I've just enjoyed it, and continued to do it.

"The gentleman that had been doing the announcing back in the early 90s had stopped. They needed someone to do it, and I was going to be at the game anyway."

Prior to Fisher's final regular season home game against Bangor in late October, the school celebrated Fisher's career behind the microphone with a pregame surprise ceremony that included current Tigers head coach Josh Snyder, and former coaches Bob Mitchell and Tom Linette.

"It was a thrill to see [Superintendent] Dr. Mary Ann Wright there with the presentation, and then the former coaches that were there during the time I had been announcing," Fisher said. "Not only were they coaches, [but] they were also teachers in the building, so I got to work with them every day.

While in charge of providing a play-by-play analysis on the field, Fisher understood the importance of his role in the press box. There were other instances that often called for his attention. Fisher knew that his time under the Friday night lights required more than his play-by-play announcing.

"There is a lot that goes into it," Fisher said. "A number of years ago I attended a workshop that the PIAA runs on that, because you have to be prepared to handle a lot of situations.

"I remember one night we were in the middle of a game, and the power in the stadium went out. There was an accident in the area that knocked the power out, and you still need to make directions to the crowd, and get directions out to have safety."

To go along with his announcing at the Tigers' home games, Fisher was also involved with both the Colonial League and District 11 for a number of years.

The Colonial League's website was created over 10 years ago, and Fisher was a big part of keeping the site updated. He was also involved with game scheduling many years before that site's existence. Prior to working with District 11 committee, he was the Colonial League's scheduler, historian, and webmaster.

"We started the website for the Colonial League back in 2000," Fisher said. "But I had been doing the schedule, and keeping history for the Colonial Leauge for, I'm guessing, maybe about four or five years prior to that before we had a website."

Fisher, who has been the District 11's Website Coordinator since 2002, is in charge of keeping track of postseason play across the district. He'll continue to be apart of the committee as the Website Coordinator even after his retirement from the press box.

"After working with the Colonial League, and getting a website up and running there, I was approached by the District 11 committee," Fisher said. "They were looking in the direction of expanding, and taking more local control over the site they just started to operate. They approached me about seeing if that's something else I wanted to undertake, and that became a reality."

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