Charles Brotman has been the announcer at every presidential inauguration since Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1957.
But Donald Trump has decided to go in a different direction, leaving the 81-year-old Brotman out in the cold, CNN reported.
Brotman, who was once the voice of the Washington Senators baseball team, told reporters he was “heartbroken” and “destroyed” by the decision to replace him.
“I’ve been doing this for 60 years,” he told WTLA, a Washington ABC station.
A Trump transition spokesman said Brotman, who is Jewish, will serve as “announcer chairman emeritus.”
So who’s replacing Brotman?
The Trump team has settled on Steve Ray, 58, a freelance announcer who has worked with Major League Baseball’s Washington Nationals.
“From my point of view, I am not filling his shoes, I’m not taking his place,” Ray told The Washington Post. “I just happen to be the guy who’s next.”