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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