“I’ve literally had a microphone in my hand my entire adult life,” the professional emcee says.

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FIELD ENTERTAINMENT HOST
Ken Carson

What do you do? I’m the field entertainment host for the Seahawks and Sounders FC. This includes emceeing some player appearances at schools and private corporate partner events.

I also produce and host live events for companies such as Microsoft and Alaska Airlines, and I occasionally pop up in local television commercials.

How did you get started in that field? I’ve literally had a microphone in my hand my entire adult life. Several years of radio, corporate events, award shows and auctions have all shaped what I do.

In 2004, the Seahawks hired me to emcee fan activities in Touchdown City, a pregame gathering place in the CenturyLink Field Event Center. The following season, I expanded my role to include field contests and halftime shows, and in 2009, the Sounders FC added me to their match day.

What’s a typical game/match day like? For both teams, I arrive early to go over any last minute script changes. For Sounders matches, I then head out to a stage in Occidental Park to emcee their crazy March to the Match festivities. For the Seahawks, I head into the stands with a video crew to tape a fan segment for later in the game. Then I pace around memorizing scripts and asking game-day staff if my hair looks good.

Ken Carson talks to Madison Goverde, director of sports and competition for Special Olympics of Washington, at a Seahawks game. (Courtesy of Seattle Seahawks)
Ken Carson talks to Madison Goverde, director of sports and competition for Special Olympics of Washington, at a Seahawks game. (Courtesy of Seattle Seahawks)

What’s the best part of the work? Definitely the fans! They know that anytime they see me, something fun is about to happen. Standing on the field in front of 68,000 isn’t bad either!

What surprises people about what you do?
I always get two questions: 1) How did you get this cool job for both of these amazing teams? For two seasons, I mixed in Husky football, as well. 2) You get paid to do this?
 
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