Astros name four radio apprentice finalists

Astros name four radio apprentice finalists

HOUSTON -- The Astros have narrowed the field in their "You Make The Call" radio apprentice contest to four finalists: Jake Atkinson of Spring, Texas; Alex Del Barrio of Mission, Texas; Crawford Jones of Houston; and Nate Kurant of Kenneth City, Fla.

The final four contestants will each broadcast a segment of the Astros' radio broadcast during one of the next four games -- Kurant on Thursday, Atkinson on Friday, Del Barrio on Saturday and Jones on Sunday.

Fans will once again have the opportunity to vote on the on-air performances online at between Sept. 5-10, with the final two contestants being announced Sept. 12.

The final round of the competition will consist of the two finalists performing various duties during the Sept. 13-14 radio broadcasts. The Astros will announce the winner of the contest during the pregame ceremony of the final home game of the season Sept. 26.

The winner will have the opportunity to work as part of the 2013 radio broadcast team in a role that will include conducting pre- and post-game interviews, covering press conferences and serving as a roving reporter during games. This new role does not include calling games.

The Astros received online entries from more than 300 people from 17 different states after announcing the competition in July. The four remaining contestants were selected by a combination of fan votes and voting by two judges: former Astros pitcher, manager and broadcaster Larry Dierker and broadcaster Linda Lorelle. More than 26,000 fan votes were received for the second round of the competition.