My primary position is as Sports Director of the Bear Country Sports Network (WQBR), in Avis, PA. There I broadcast Lock Haven University (D1/D2) Athletics and Jersey Shore High School Football. I also work as a beat writer for LHU athletics at the local newspaper, The Express. Since starting in Pennsylvania, I have picked up additional broadcasting opportunities with Bucknell University (D1), Lycoming College (D3), Penn College (D3), and NJCAA TV.
I previously worked in Macomb, IL, where I broadcast high school football and boys and girls basketball. I am a graduate of Ithaca College, and am a native of New Jersey.
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. From the amount of prep I do on 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.
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 actually liked about my broadcast that particular evening.
I spent nearly two years in Macomb as I honed my craft, made valuable connections and worked feverishly to broadcast as much local sports as possible. I broadcast nearly one hundred games in Macomb and had the chance to cover some unique and memorable events. Ultimately when the time came to move on (details on that can be found here), I left the midwest and moved to Pennsylvania.
During my time in Pennsylvania, I’ve taken in some special experiences. From covering Lock Haven Wrestling’s number 18 finish at the NCAA D1 Wrestling Championships in Pittsburgh to being on the call for the first LHU Women’s Basketball playoff win since 1991 and Jersey Shore football’s state semifinal run, I’ve seen some remarkable athletic feats. I’ve done this all while maintaining my work ethic and bolstering my skillset as a strive to improve each and every day.
I’m fortunate to be in the position I’m currently 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!