LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A former KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO reporter and anchor is set to take the field at Dodger Stadium for his new role as the Dodgers’ public address announcer.
Todd Leitz, who has served as public information officer for MySafe:LA since 2012, was selected as the public address announcer for the team’s 2015 season, team officials announced Friday.
Prior to joining MySafeLA, Leitz, 51, spent 10 years with KNX 1070 as an anchor and news reporter and two years as a news reporter at KABC 790.
“Todd is a terrific broadcaster and a lifelong Dodger fan,” said Lon Rosen, the Dodgers’ Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer. “He was the perfect choice to be the next Dodger Stadium public address announcer.”
Leitz told KNX 1070 he’s applied for jobs like this before, but this time, he knew it was the right fit at that right time.
“They didn’t put me through a long sweepstakes like the San Diego Padres did last year – no offense to the Padres – but the Dodgers immediately decided that I might be their guy,” he said. “We proceeded from there, and it all just kind of happened like it was supposed to happen.”
The San Fernando Valley resident and UC San Diego graduate takes over for Eric Smith, who could not fulfill the season schedule due to other commitments, according to team officials.
Leitz’s voice shouldn’t be completely unfamiliar to Dodgers fans, however: he has sung the National Anthem several times at Dodger Stadium in recent years.
He took to Twitter to celebrate the announcement.
Leitz will officially take over the mic this Saturday when the Dodgers face the Angels for the final Freeway Series exhibition game before the season opener on Monday against the San Diego Padres.