Whether it’s Michael Jordan’s shot over Craig Ehlo in the 1989 NBA Playoffs, USA’s shocking upset over the USSR in the 1980 Winter Olympics, Kirk Gibson’s game-winning home run in the World Series or George Forman’s knock out of Joe Frazier in 1973, the most iconic moments in sports go hand-in-hand with the play-by-play calls that capture the fervor and gravity of the moment. My greatest broadcasting thrills have come with delivering the thrill of competition to a captivated audience.
From a daily talk show to a weekly whip-around show cutting into live college football play-by-play broadcasts to a daily college sports themed on-demand program, hosting has provided me the platform to showcase my versatility. Hosting has allowed an opportunity to showcase what broadcasting is all about and my passion for the industry - working together with on-air and off-air staff to orchestrate a format, production elements and engaging content to meet listeners where they are.
“There may be people that have more talent than you, but there’s no excuse for anyone to work harder than you do.” - Derek Jeter
Short-form or long-form, being in front of the camera has afforded me some of my most fun broadcasting experiences. Whether it’s grabbing a one-on-one interview, co-hosting a studio show or a live simulcast of a radio show, being on-camera has helped to shape my as a dynamic broadcaster.
Nearly a century after the origination of radio broadcasting, nothing engages the imagination and captivates the way the audio can. Podcasting is the latest evolution in audio broadcasting and has allowed for in-depth storytelling and conversations never possible in previous generations. Podcasting has become ground zero for my proudest conversations, allowing me to showcase my ability to get a subject to show their personality and vulnerability.
“You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” - Michael Jordan
Whether it’s a press conference to announce NBA All-Star Weekend, intimate meet-and-greets NBA stars Anthony Davis and Kemba Walker, or large town hall meetings with coaches and executives, emceeing has afforded me the chance to create memorable experiences and tear down the wall between the figures fans think they know to understanding them in ways they’ve never seen before.
Updates from the huddle, injury updates and matchup storylines - sideline reporting has provided to be uniquely challenging and an equally rewarding portion of my broadcasting career. The forum has allowed me to showcase my ability to make decisions on storytelling, edit for brevity and interview in a rapid fire environment.