Portland resident Todd Lamberth will be on the mic at Panther football games this season.
Lamberth takes over public address announcing duties from Cliff Williamson, who recently stepped down after nearly 30 years in the press box.
“It’s a pretty big honor for me, being someone that’s grown up around Portland athletics,” Lamberth said. “Cliff did a great job for a long, long time. I’m really honored to step into his shoes and take over something that that he’s done for so long.”
Lamberth, a 2017 Lipscomb University graduate, was born and raised in Portland. He has been attending Panther games for many years and has experience announcing Portland basketball and Lipscomb baseball and soccer games.
“It’s a little nerve wracking, honestly,” he said. “People are used to Cliff being up there. But I’m really excited to get going and to make it my own.”
Portland games are a family affair for the Lamberths, so taking the PA job was an easy decision for him. Lamberth was in attendance for the 2000 state championship at Middle Tennessee State and later helped lead the student section during his high school days.
“I’ve probably been going to Portland games since before I could walk,” Lamberth said. “It’s kind of been a family thing. My parents and grandparents have always had season tickets.”
Lamberth served as The Connection/Portland Sun sports writer last season and will continue to work with the company as a freelance writer. The 2013 Portland graduate is currently working toward his certification to teach English and hopes to land a teaching job in Sumner County soon.
“Sumner’s where I want to be,” he said. “I want to be at one of the Portland schools eventually, hopefully sooner rather than later.”