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You could be the next voice on Tampa International Airport’s shuttles

The “Voice of TPA” contest is a fundraiser for United Way Suncoast.
Tampa International Airport is raffling off an opportunity to be the voice of the airport shuttles for the entire month of July. The contest is a fundraiser for United Way Suncoast.
Tampa International Airport is raffling off an opportunity to be the voice of the airport shuttles for the entire month of July. The contest is a fundraiser for United Way Suncoast. [ Courtesy of Tampa International Airport ]
Published May 18
Updated May 19

Want to welcome thousands of travelers after they land at Tampa International Airport? Would you like to feel like the mayor of the city? Here’s your chance.

Tampa International Airport kicked off its “Voice of TPA” fundraiser contest Monday. The winner will record messages that greet passengers on the shuttle from the main terminal to the airside through the month of July. The honor is typically reserved for Tampa’s mayor, although radio host Jack Harris was once the voice of the airport too.

Related: Jack Harris celebrates 50 years on Tampa Bay radio airwaves

“When you’re either leaving or coming back home, that’s the voice that really welcomes you home or sends you off on your trip,” said airport communications manager Ashley Iaccarino.

A shuttle moves between terminals at Tampa International Airport  on March 24, 2020.
A shuttle moves between terminals at Tampa International Airport on March 24, 2020. [ DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times ]

A $5 donation to United Way Suncoast gets you a chance at the prize, though each donation increases the odds of winning. All proceeds from the raffle go to United Way Suncoast, an organization that provides food, educational support and financial assistance to people around Tampa Bay. The airport’s relationship with United Way Suncoast spans over three decades, with about $1.25 million donated over the years.

Before the pandemic, the airport hosted a 5k on the Runway fundraiser for the organization. Last year, the fundraiser went virtual. The idea for this year’s Voice of TPA raffle came from airport vice president of communications Veronica Cintron.

Related: ‘New’ Tampa International Airport opened 50 years ago. Here’s what it was like.

The Voice of TPA contest runs through 2 p.m. on June 14. All entrants must be at least 18, and have the ability to record on-site at the airport’s sound booth. To learn more and enter the contest, visit www.VoiceofTPA.com.