Wanting to broaden his horizons in the world of sports journalism, Nathan Percy stumbled into a Sports Broadcasting class taught by Ed Ford and became instantly hooked. Having already worked at the Fullerton College newspaper – The Hornet – for one year, Percy had hoped that his writing would transfer to intelligent on-air talk during play-by-play and color commentary assignments at local high school football games. He learned quickly, it would take time. Soaking in any advice he could from fellow instructors, Mark Pavlovich, Corey Neyland and Tracy Thackrah, Percy found a passion for bringing deeper discussions and story-telling into game broadcasts. Soon after, Percy joined Andrew Palovik in 2009 to help produce The High School Sports Zone, an hour-long high school sports discussion with on-air interviews, which would air weekly each Monday night. The duo also took the show live from various locations to highlight local football programs in La Habra and Canyon High Schools while simultaneously calling games for both during the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Simultaneously, Percy wrote locally for a community newspaper – The La Habra Journal – covering sports for the community and its three high schools. From there, Jay Seidel, Adviser for The Hornet and current Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, would inform him of an opportunity to work for the Orange County Register, where he’s covered community sports for South Orange County cities since May 2014.
Percy credits the staff and fellow students at Fullerton College for lighting his path into the world of professional journalism. He still calls play-by-play on occasion for both SportsNetUSA.net (junior college football, high school ice hockey) and CASportsZone.com (high school basketball and baseball) when he can find time away from the Register.
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