In the 2022-2023 academic year, I am starting role as the Voice of Bucknell University Women’s Basketball for LEARFIELD. I am also the home radio broadcaster for Bucknell Bison Football and call Olympic sports from baseball to wrestling for NCAA schools throughout the Northeast on ESPN+ and other digital streaming platforms. Much of my work revolves around Patriot League schools. I have called the final out of each of the last two Patriot League Baseball Championships, which were consecutive titles number three and four for the Army Black Knights.

I moved to Central Pennsylvania in 2018 to take a position as Sports Director of the Bear Country Sports Network (WQBR), in Avis, PA. From 2018-2022 I broadcast Lock Haven University (D1/D2) Athletics and Jersey Shore High School Football. I also worked as a beat writer for LHU athletics at The Lock Haven Express.

I began my career in Macomb, IL, where I broadcast high school football and boys and girls basketball on radio as Sports Director of Regional Media-Macomb. I am a graduate of Ithaca College and am a native of New Jersey.

I’ve always emphasized building relationships throughout the areas I’ve worked in. That has led to positions with Bucknell (including as the radio play-by-play broadcaster for men’s basketball home games in 2021-2022), Coppin State, Lehigh and so many other colleges and universities.

My greatest broadcasting attribute is my natural enthusiasm. Technical skills can be taught and developed overtime when you put the work in. To me, the passionate broadcasters always stand out, as you can’t teach that necessary skill.

This is certainly not to say I don’t value preparation and knowledge. In fact, it’s quite the opposite. When observing other broadcasters, I can gage which ones are emotionally engaged in the action. If I can pick up on that, the audience most certainly can as well.

I believe I obsess just the right amount about broadcasting. I study the work of broadcasters on just about every level, pick out new phrases and terminology to use and listen back to my own clips, but I do not overdo it.

My setup for a Bucknell-Lehigh men’s basketball radio broadcast (1/13/2022)

When I’m calling a game, I make it a point to talk with the opposing broadcasters both before and after the given event. I like to pick their brains about information I may not have seen in my prep, but also to get a glimpse of their background and how they approach the art of broadcasting. I’ll also be sure to compare spotting charts, as that is an area I constantly tweak with.

When I’m not calling a game, I’m watching or listening to one. I keep a running notepad on my phone of ways I hear a broadcaster describe something in a different way. The English language is so massive that everyday offers me another opportunity to add to my rolodex of broadcast terms and phrases.

I also emphasize constructive criticism. Whether it’s from someone else in the industry, a friend or family member, or even just a stranger who happens to tune into a broadcast, this is how I keep myself grounded and always improving.

I’d much rather hear someone tell me I could’ve done something better, instead of hearing the “nice job tonight on the call,” without telling me what they liked about my broadcast that evening.

I’m fortunate to be in the position I’m in. I’ve experienced a lot in a short amount of time, and the pursuit of a long career in broadcasting drives me every single day. I have high aspirations for where I want to end up in the long run, but the most important broadcast is the next one!

Photo by Zach Hommey/Lock Haven University Athletics