As the United States gears up for the inauguration ceremony on 20th January, Trump’s transition team is making changes to how the president-elect will be sworn in. Mr. Trump’s swearing in will not be commentated by the same person who has done it for the past 11 presidents.
The 89-year-old Brotman and former spokesperson for the Washington Senators baseball team first began announcing in 1957 during the inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
While commenting on the decision, Brotman told WJLA that the decision had at first heartbroken him.
“I’ve been doing this for 60 years,” he told the Washington ABC affiliate.
‘New Announcer in town’
Donald Trump’s team has picked Steve Ray, 58-year-old Washington-based freelance announcer to take up the role. He equally has well-rooted experience having worked for local radio stations and MLB’s Washington Nationals.
While speaking to The Washington Post, he said that he wasn’t coming in to replace Brotman but rather he happens to be the next guy on the job.
Donald Trump transition spokesman also had nothing but kind words for the former, saying that Brotman will be honored as “announcer chairman emeritus.”
His statement acknowledged the fact that Americans have gotten used to Charlie Brotman as the inaugural parade voice. “The Presidential Inaugural Committee will be proud to honor Charlie as Announcer Chairman Emeritus on January 20,” Boris Epshteyn said.
The spokesman also expressed enthusiasm of the new announcer, saying that Steve ray would be an introduction to a “new generation of Americans to the grand traditions of the inaugural parade.”
While speaking to WJLA, Brotman said that he wished the new announcer well in the task.