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End of the Line – 2012 Style

Greetings readers,

2012 is almost over, and I’d like to share what all I got to cover this year.

To start the year, I was doing a few games with WSWO in Huber Heights and I still was with the Air Strikers. I saw a lot of basketball (and one baseball game with WSWO) earlier this year. The Air Strikers were at Trent Arena, then moved to Dayton Boys Prep Elementary Gym and occasionally held games at the Payne Rec Center in Moraine. The Strikers finished a spot away from the Premier Basketball League playoffs. After the season, it was rumored that the Air Strikers folded, but then it appeared that they would play starting this November in the Independent Basketball Association….but then that didn’t happen for a reason or another. (Interesting note, now the IBA and the PBL are merging for Spring 2013. Read that story here. Maybe I’ll write on this for the first post of 2013.)

In April, I accepted an internship to broadcast 30 home games for the Richmond RiverRats. That was a great summer, and a fun internship too. The RiverRats play in the Prospect League, a summer collegiate wooden-bat league. The 2012 Season was the first one that axed out interleague games (no East vs. West Division games), so Richmond had faced the same five teams (Butler, PA; Chillicothe; Lorain County; Slippery Rock (PA); and West Virginia.) Richmond sent it down to the final few games, but were eliminated in the end. The West Virginia Miners were the champions of the Prospect League, by sweeping the Dubois County Bombers (who are no longer in the league, left for the Ohio Valley League.) Great summer, hanging out with a great team.

I was also exposed to Australian Rules Football in June, just three days before my birthday. My first game was in Cincinnati (actually, Fairfield) against the Columbus Jackaroos. While the Jackaroos were victorious that Saturday afternoon, it was my first time calling a new sport where the general public don’t usually see/follow. It led me to broadcast the 49th Parallel Cup in Columbus…

…which leads me to a position I’m in currently with the Ohio Sports Radio Network. I’m the General Manager of the station, where I pick games for us to cover. I also do play-by-play for the majority of the games. So far, I have covered several high school games, several Central State University matches, and Dayton Demonz hockey games. So in this opportunity, I’ve covered professional, collegiate, and high school sports. As well as broadcasting several games (around 40-50 at the moment), I’ve done a couple of remotes at local sporting bars. I’ve done a couple of remotes with the Dayton Sharks and one for a high school preview show.

That’s my 2012 wrapped up in a blog post. I don’t know what all 2013 will bring, but I bet sports will be a big part of the year. The Richmond RiverRats will be celebrating their 5th year as a franchise, the Cincinnati Dockers will keep on rolling, the Dayton Demonz look for their first trip to the playoffs in their inaugural season, the Dayton Dragons will have the Midwest League All-Star Game for the second time in franchise history, and the Dayton Sharks look to make a splash in their first year as a team.

As for myself, I hope a full-time job is on the way soon in 2013. If I keep piling up the experience, hopefully someone will think I’m a great candidate for an opening.

Sorry for the lack of updates in 2012, but I’ve stayed busy with sports and trying to stay afloat. Hopefully I’ll be back running in 2013.

Until next year,

-Lee

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