A part-time musician and teacher outshouted the competition Friday to become the first town crier in this historic northern England city in more than 100 years.

Brian McKusker, 35, outbellowed the four other finalists for the $7,200-a-year job.York received 20 applications for the position, some from as far afield as San Diego, Vancouver and Calgary.

McKusker, who admits the salary is "nothing to shout about," will begin work on Nov. 19 in a new gold-trimmed uniform. He will work six days a week for three hours a day, shouting the news headlines in the walled city's four squares.

It is the first time since 1872 that an active town crier has been on duty in York, 150 miles north of London.

Records show the first crier was installed in 1272 and was a continuous tradition until 1872.