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This weekend, I will be broadcasting the 2018 Frozen Creek Tournament at the Kettering Ice Arena live on YouTube. You can watch all twelve games by clicking this link to the South Metro Sportsplex YouTube channel.
The second game on Friday Night will be my 1,000th career broadcast! Hope you can tune in to watch High School Hockey!
Until next time,
For the past two summers, I’ve been the voice of the Dutch Lions soccer programs in Southwest Ohio. This year, I’ve had the call of the Dayton and Cincinnati Premier Development League teams, as well as the Dayton W-League squad on the Gem City Sports Network (all archives are located here if you’d like to take a listen.) Today, I’d like to share with you my experiences for the 2015 season.
This season, I’ve called every game from Dayton on the track level of DOC Stadium (a new press box was being built during the season) and between the benches of Xavier University’s Corcoran Field. I was also switching from broadcasting on a video feed to audio-only, making my describing nature come out in full force.
For the first time since 2010, the Dayton Dutch Lions were in the PDL (they’ve been a member of the USL PRO level [now simply USL] from that season until now.) Cincinnati was coming off a successful first year, almost clinching a playoff spot in the South Atlantic Division. The Dayton W-League team were looking to bounce back from a tough 2014 season.
All three teams were packed with talent, with a majority of players coming from local colleges. Dayton, Wright State, Cincinnati, Xavier, Northwestern Ohio, and others were represented on all three teams. As a local Daytonian who now works for two colleges, it’s fantastic to see these athletes stay close and play the sport they love in the off-season.
The Cincinnati Dutch Lions were the lone team of the three to make the playoffs, and they have a date in Charlotte on July 21st. The Eagles went 3-0-0 against Cincinnati on the season, finishing an impressive 10-0-4 in their first season in the PDL (also a former USL PRO member, now in the PDL.) The Dayton Dutch Lions finished 3-9-2, and the W-League Dutch Lions ended the year 7-4-1, just out of reach of a playoff spot.
I enjoyed my time broadcasting the Dutch Lions this season, and I certainly hope the folks that tuned in over the season did too. I appreciate the coaches for their time after the game, recapping the match. I just appreciate my time broadcasting another season in Dayton and Cincinnati. Luckily, I don’t have too much longer to watch for more soccer, as the college seasons begin next month. Broadcasting soccer is a treat for me, watching the action take its course on the pitch.
I hope you friends, followers, and readers are ready for my experiences working for two universities soon! Mid-August: it begins again.
Until next time,
I’d like to share with you on why I love my career; why I #LoveSportscasting.
I feel like it’s something I’m great at. I’ve always felt that broadcasting was my calling (that, or teaching.) I always wanted to be the voice people heard or saw delivering what could be important, crucial news, a life story, or possibly even a recipe or two (I watched a lot of Mr. Food on WDTN Channel 2 as a kid. Look him up if you are unfamiliar. “Ooh! It’s so good!”)
I’ve always enjoyed broadcasting since I began college. It’s one thing I always look forward to, one thing that cheers me up, one thing I look forward to doing for the rest of my life. Broadcasting is always exciting, always changing, always challenging, always worthwhile. To be able to deliver something interesting and needed to the general public is quite the rewarding career I want.
I’ve made many friends along this long ride of broadcasting (hello to those still reading! So how about that USA 5-2 win over Japan for the Cup?) These friends are all good people, looking for the same goal to broadcast. What’s nice is, everyone I’ve met is different and no two broadcasters are the same. From helping me improve on my job, to passing along ideas, and joking around from time to time, I’ve enjoyed making these friends throughout the years. Hopefully I continue to make more down the road.
Broadcasting to me has always been important. It’s been who I am. It’s been the job I put the most effort and time into. It’s been my purpose, my chase. It hasn’t been an easy trail, as I still find myself working the lower portion of the ladder to reach something supportable in financial terms. If I gave the dream up however, I feel like I’d let myself and everyone rooting for me down (and if you know me, I hate feeling like I’m a letdown or I let someone else down.)
To recap, broadcasting is how I’ve met my friends and my purpose. It’s been my identity since I can remember. It’s my reminder that if I apply myself enough, I will succeed in this field.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I realize it’s a short post, but at least it’s something personal (and not “Hey look, here’s me.) Here’s hoping I continue to find things to talk about. I even found old press released I’ve done from 2013, maybe that will go on the site eventually.
Thanks for reading. Thanks for the friendship.
Until next time,
I’d like to share with you my appearance on the Dayton Demonz Podcast, created by current Wright State student Kristen Gartland. In the video, I explain what I do for the Demonz, why I wanted to be a broadcaster, and a little bit on my background in broadcasting.
Until next time,
I’d like to mention an award I’m in the running for, and I’d also like to ask you, the reader, for your help. I’m in the running for the 2014-2015 Federal Hockey League Broadcaster of the Year against four other nominees.
Just the other day, I had the chance to broadcast from the campus of Miami University-Hamilton Branch. While this might sound like just another day in the office, it was special because of the fact it was for a trophy (my first call with a special prize at the end of the game.)