1. Is this blog meant to read like a teacher’s manual?
No, not necessarily. Being a 20 year old college student, there are plenty of things I still don’t know about the broadcasting business. Yet, I think the experiences I’ve been fortunate enough to have at this age can be valuable for other prospective broadcasters to hear as they progress along their respective career journeys. It is also my hope that I can potentially make connections to other young broadcasters through this blog to learn from and attempt to apply their experiences to my own life.
2. Is this blog designed to cater to a mass audience? Is it something everyone can relate to?
The answer is no, and that’s actually the beauty of it. The field of sports broadcasting (although growing by the second) only appeals to a certain sports-crazed segment of the population. If you don’t like sports, odds are you won’t find much to relate to here, so don’t waste your valuable time reading it. This blog is designed for people who love sports and, most importantly, have an insatiable desire to talk about sports via some facet of media. This group of people represents my exclusive niche audience, and they are the people I have in mind when writing posts.
3. What kind of experience do you have in sports broadcasting?
Currently, I am in my junior year at Westfield State University and this is my second year of holding the position of lead play-by-play man for every sport on campus. This includes football, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and even volleyball on occasion. Every game I have done is archived here at mascac.tv. The process of preparing for and actually covering these games has taught me an incredible amount about what works and what doesn’t in this business. Given that this is the career path I have chosen to pursue, I could not have asked for a much better opportunity.
4. How will you convey your points of interest to readers?
History is a beautiful thing in the broadcasting field. Throughout my blog, I attempt to draw on illustrious examples of big moments in the careers of many famous broadcasters to help articulate my own ideas. For example, so much can be learned from Vin Scully’s simplistic call of Kirk Gibson’s iconic home run or Jack Buck’s memorable “We’ll see you tomorrow night!” description of the Minnesota Twins’ Game 6 victory in 1991. Moments like these are stapled permanently in the minds of those who love broadcasting and it is my hope that I can draw on history as often as possible to make my posts more relatable.
5. Do you consider multimedia to be an important element of your blog?
Absolutely! In today’s media-driven culture, almost nothing can be conveyed to others without the accompaniment of some form of media along with it (photos, videos, facebook posts, tweets, instagram photos, etc.) This is especially true in the field of broadcasting, which by its very nature is so visual and auditory. I hope to make use of many of these forms of media, as they can help readers make connections with my material.
6. Above all else, what do you hope your readers come away with after viewing your blog?
I hope readers can sense the tangible passion with which I write about this topic. Having a dream of becoming a sports broadcaster is a lofty goal, yet it ignites a fire within me unlike any other topic in the world. The best part is that I know this is the case for thousands of other people, who share the same interests and passions as me. I hope these people become encouraged through reading this blog that somewhere, there is an opportunity for them to pursue their dreams.
7. Any other questions?
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