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Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- The Tigers prepare to take the field as they gather in a huddle before the first pitch against Kentucky, Friday, Mar. 27, 2015, at LSU's Alex Box Stadium, Skip Bertman Field in Baton Rouge, La.

LSU’s version of “The Voice” competition is now open to all.

The school announced Thursday that it is officially accepting applications for the Director of Broadcasting position for the LSU Sports Radio Network.

The position includes being the radio play-by-play announcer for LSU football, basketball and baseball.

Long-time announcer Jim Hawthorne announced in February that he will be retiring from the job as “Voice of the Tigers” following the 2015-16 basketball season, sparking the search for a full-time announcer that LSU hasn’t undertaken in more than 30 years.

Hawthorne, 71, will call the remainder of this baseball season and this year’s football season before calling it quits with basketball.

There was speculation that LSU might divide the job between two broadcasters, but that is apparently not the case. Hawthorne has called men’s basketball since 1979, added football in 1983 and baseball in 1984, being the primary announcer for all three sports ever since.

In addition to calling nearly 100 events per year on radio, Hawthorne’s replacement will be expected to host coach’s radio and TV shows and handle other programming duties. Qualifications include a minimum of three years play-by-play experience in NCAA Division I or professional sports.

The selection process is expected to move along over the next few months, with Hawthorne’s successor to in place for the start of an orientation period Nov. 1.

Deadline for applying for the job is 7 p.m. CDT, April 24.

Applications must be submitted by email only must be sent to: Jon Chelesink at