Ardmore high school alumnus takes mic as tiger football announcer

ARDMORE, Okla. (KXII) - Ardmore football fans will be hearing a new voice coming from the press box this season.

Cedric Bailey will be the stadium PA announcer for the 2019 season.

"It's an honor for me to be able to do this in my hometown," Bailey said.

A 1980 grad, Bailey played tight end for Ardmore.

The team went 10-2 his senior season and appeared in the state finals.

"And I mean, we just brought excitement to Ardmore," Bailey said.

Bailey has been working in radio and television since 1985, even working for News 12 at one point, and worked in Texas for twenty years.

However, he always had a desire to move back to his hometown and make a difference in the community after hearing bad news about Ardmore for several years.

"And I would always hear bad and negative things about Ardmore and it kind of brought tears to my eyes because I said 'What happened to my home town? Why is it like this?'," Bailey said.

He also said he wanted to live closer to family members in Ardmore.

A few years ago, he moved his radio operations, The BGC Sports Network and Rejoice! Musical Soul Food into an office on the east side of Ardmore where he produces syndicated radio broadcasts all over the country.

He has won several awards for his programs.

Bailey said he announced for Ardmore girls basketball last season and is also announcing for softball.

Josh Newby, Ardmore athletic director and head football coach, said Bailey would be a good fit after former announcer Mike Thomas decided to step down from the role.

"(Bailey) was kind of electric and the crowd loved him," Newby said. "He wants to get Ardmore really going again and I'm right there with him."

Bailey said he wants to see people bring family and friends to Ardmore on Friday nights.

He also wants to spotlight seniors who will be moving on soon and good things the school is doing.

"We want them to know that we care for them," Bailey said. "Win or lose, no matter what, it's all about these kids in Ardmore, showing them how much we appreciate them."