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SAM2 is just another input on my board. Right now, my on-air console is the Radio Shack, and I have the automation, CD player and turntable plugged into it. So, I just open my mike, pause the automation, do my announcement, restart the automation.
Back when automation systems filled a room, we would almost always run it through the board. Gives you a lot more flexibility if you have to go live for any reason.