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Todd Leitz, Dodgers' new public address announcer, has roots in radio




New Dodgers PA announcer Todd Leitz in the Vinc Scully Press Box at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, 2015.
New Dodgers PA announcer Todd Leitz in the Vinc Scully Press Box at Dodger Stadium on Opening Day, 2015.
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The Padres lost to the Dodgers twice on Monday. They succumbed on the field 6-3 on a 3-run homer in the bottom of the  8th inning. But they also lost to the Dodgers when they failed to hire Todd Leitz as their public address announcer.

Leitz says the lengthy and unsuccessful audition process for the Padres prepped him for the Dodgers job, which he takes over from Eric Smith.

It's a part-time gig for Leitz ... 82 home games plus, he hopes, playoffs and the World Series. The rest of the time, the 51-year old is PIO for MySafe:LA, the fire safety group, and before that he was a reporter and anchor for KNX and KABC for a dozen years.

One of the weirdest things about being a PA announcer in a huge space like Dodger Stadium is the time it takes for your voice to get from one end of the building to the other. Leitz says he's used to it because he's sung the National Anthem there many times.

Dig the delay: Todd Leitz sings the National Anthem at Dodger Stadium

Make sure to listen our audio to hear Leitz introduce a rookie relief pitcher -- John Rabe -- to the crowd at Dodger Stadium.