Working on-air

How I got my foot in the door at Des Moines sports station

I remember watching a documentary about Tom Brady and he was talking about how during his legendary career he felt like he was very fortunate and very lucky. Now, in no way am I comparing myself to the G.O.A.T, but I will say that I have also been extremely lucky with being a young and aspiring broadcaster being able to work at KXnO.

This job of producing sports shows on Des Moines sports station sort of fell into place and I got very lucky. I was going to college at DMACC (Des Moines Area Community College) covering the baseball team for the student ran newspaper when I met Paul Robidoux. Paul had been working at iHeart for a few years and we clicked right away with our passion for sports. So, I decided to job shadow him and started just picking his brain over what I could do to get my foot in the door.

After a few weeks of emailing the program director, Andrew Downs, and constantly annoying Paul with my texts, I was afford the opportunity to work as a sideline correspondent for the show “Football Friday Nights” a high school football show where I would call in and give a breakdown of my assigned game.

Once high school football season was over in November I went back to my part-time job at Fareway. Then, I remember it like it was yesterday, I was at home and had just finished my last final test for the semester and had received an email from Drake University telling me I was accepted. I was in the middle of calling my dad about the great news when I got another call from WHO radio telling me that I was hired and that there are more opportunities for me to work more at KXnO.

After my first week of training I had a meeting with Downs and he told me that he will have me produce the “Saturday Morning Pregame” with Sean Roberts.

Now, I have been working for over a year at the station and it has been unbelievable to work alongside some of the people who I grew up listening to. Everyone has been so gracious and as taken me under their wings and helped me continue to grow as a broadcaster and helped me continue to chase my dream.

I think I have put in the hard work, but I also think I have been so lucky to have met the people I have, to work with the legends I have, and to be a twenty-one year old kid getting paid to talk sports is also pretty amazing.

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From the sideline

Stepping into the broadcast world

As soon as I stepped foot into a broadcast booth I was hooked. I have my notes ready, I have my headset on, the players have made their way onto the field, and then I hear…”you are on.”

Growing up sports was everything to me. Yes, I was that kid that would wear football jerseys ever day to class while also grabbing the same sports book on library field trips. I was also the kid that wanted to be a NFL, MLB, and NBA star, but playing basketball all throughout school quickly humbled me into realizing there was absolutely no way that was going to happen. So, I figured if I can’t get paid to play sports, why not get paid to talk sports. And the dream was ingrained.

This past year I took a huge step towards my dream of being a sports broadcaster. I was hired on as a producer at KXnO for “Saturday Morning Pregame” and began working as a color-commentator for the Iowa Barnstormers. While there was so much to be excited about nothing compared to the moment I broadcasted my first Drake football game.

Walking into the booth at Drake stadium felt unreal. I could see where my dad and I used to sit for the games and now I am broadcasting the game. During breaks in our broadcast for DBS I would catch myself just soaking in the moment and realize that I am exactly where I need to be, doing what I am meant to do.

After the game ended, I left the stadium with a sense of high anticipation for the next game. I loved everything there was to broadcasting a game. I loved researching at night taking notes and reading articles. I loved re-watching the games prior to learn more about the other team. And of course, I loved the action of broadcasting a game.

I learned a lot about broadcasting this past year and what it takes to be a great broadcaster. The biggest thing I learned was that it is vital to re-listen to the broadcast and take notes of things to do better. I continually ask questions and study how the people that inspired me call their games and how they set themselves apart from everyone else.

Broadcasting is a passion of mine and something that I continually strive to get better at day after day and now I am hooked so, I cannot wait to get right back into that booth soon!