Sitting in class, wearing what turned out to be a lucky hat, I was approached by Ed Ford about assisting with the Anaheim Ducks High School Hockey broadcasts on SportsNetUSA.net in the Fall of 2011. From that moment onward, I focused on carving out a career in radio broadcasting. The amazing people involved with KBPK and SportsNetUSA.net believed in me and made me feel that this business was right for me. The uplifting support was great, but the tough love did even more to prepare me for future endeavors. The instructors know how to make learning the industry a knowledgeable and entertaining experience. Corey Neyland and Mark Pavlovich are an amazing duo, in and out of the broadcast booth, that preach the importance of how far hard work, attention to detail, and tenacity will take you in the sports broadcasting world.
Whether it was Peg Stewart helping construct concise newscasts or Gil Perez showing you the ropes in audio editing, every one of the instructors provides you the tools to work in broadcasting. Whenever I had an issue and an instructor wasn't around, current Operations Manager, Tracy Thackrah would shed some light on my problem. Everyone involved with the program is a radio veteran and would love nothing more than to pass on their years of experience and wisdom onto you.
Shortly after wrapping up my degree and certification, a popular sports/news talk station took a flier on me. Like many others before me I moved to a new market, from LA-Orange County to Phoenix. In March of 2014 I was hired to be a part-time Technical Director for Arizona Sports 98.7 FM and KTAR 92.3 FM. After a year of hard work, and never turning down a shift opportunity, Arizona Sports/ KTAR decided to make me their lone, full-time Remote Technical Director. They keep me plenty busy setting up remote broadcasts from Arizona Diamondbacks Spring Training to Arizona Cardinals training camp with the stations many on-air talents; Doug Franz, Ron "Wolf" Wolfley, Bertrand Berry, Dan Bickley, Vince Marotta, Dave Burns and John "Gambo" Gambadoro.
I'm very fortunate to be in the position I'm in today and wouldn't be here if it weren't for KBPK and SportsNetUSA.net and their amazing instructors. And luckily I'm able to find the time to explore all of Arizona's natural beauties and visit home once in awhile.
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