Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking on my life and career. To spare the obnoxiously fine details, I determined that I need to be more thankful for everything that has happened. I have a loving girlfriend that supports me and my career, I work for TWO NCAA Division I schools in the Dayton area, not to mention broadcasting for several pro teams in the region. I also have a very good core of friends and family supporting my drive. I have it pretty good.
So why am I writing this post? Sometime last week, I realize that I don’t help other sportscasters like I used to. Remember “Sportscasters Anonymous”, the series where I wrote about tips for up-and-coming broadcasters (if anyone actually read them, which I highly doubt because I’m not a good resource for anyone to be honest.) I stopped when I realized someone who struggles for employment wasn’t really good enough to give advice. While I’m not saying this will result in the series’ revival, I wanted to issue this post for any sportscasters.
If I can be of any help, fellow broadcasters, feel free to contact me!
Need an extra set of ears? I’ll take a listen or watch a demo! Want me to read a press release? I’ll give it a look-through! Want to shoot the breeze, just to talk sports or career-wise? I’m always available to talk!
I realized that while I always try to network, I also need to help out in my career field more. I want others to know that I care and that I’m indeed a friend.
While this post was short, I felt it didn’t need to be a long, windy post to say that I’m here. Let’s talk soon.
Until next time,
While looking at my mobile stats, I saw a notification celebrating five years on WordPress. Of course, I was a day late but it’s still a big step for my career. I’d like to take you through my website’s adventures.
I remember starting this blog during a summer class (if you’re interested, this is my very first post introducing myself.) I started off blogging about things that were interesting to me, not necessary the most important issues in sports. I remember writing nearly everyday on various things in the sporting world. Eventually I stopped writing as often, because of jobs and general disinterest. I ended up cutting the original title of my blog “Sports in the Mowen Years” and making this my personal, professional website.
Sometime in the first year, I added my resume to the site. I call it my “Career Stats” page, mainly because I wanted something to tie in the original sports theme. I also have a front page, giving visitors a preview on myself. Lately, I’ve added a Demo page with almost every sport I’ve covered (I still have to pick a segment for Lacrosse and update some others.) I’ve also added my Press Releases to the blog.
My website has also been responsible giving me a couple of broadcasting opportunities, such as the Dayton and Cincinnati Dutch Lions and the 2015 Flyin’ to the Hoop Tournament. I’ve also met some good people from my Contact Me tab.
To wrap it up, I’m not sure if I’d be in the same place in my career if it wasn’t for my website. I can say it’s helped my writing skills, as well as getting my name out there. I recommend every broadcaster to create one, just to get your name and resume out there.
One addition I’d love to make is an easy-to-use calendar for my upcoming broadcasts. I have tried a couple calendars before, but I wasn’t impressed with them. If you have any suggestions to add on my website, feel free to contact me.
Thanks for reading! Here’s to many more years of my website. Until next time,
It’s a new time for Dayton hockey. The Dayton Demolition were unveiled yesterday (Broadcast from the Gem City Sports Network) (Footage from WDTN NBC Channel 2), replacing the Dayton Demonz. The Demolition will play at Hara Arena as a member of the Federal Hockey League, just as the Demonz done since the 2012-2013 season.
At the Englewood Buffalo Wild Wings, just north of the old hockey barn, fans got to meet the new owner Bill Dadds. Folks also got caught up with their friends and the new coaches of the Demolition, Head Coach Jack Collins and Assistant Coach/Forward Brett Wall. Both gentlemen are ingrained into the fabric of Dayton Hockey history. The Demolition’s colors will officially be red, yellow, and gray. The red color will stay from the previous season, as the Demonz were officially red, black, and white.
In the Federal Hockey League, there will only be one returning team from last year in the Danville (IL) Dashers. While there will be a team in Danbury, Connecticut again, it will not be the Whalers. Instead, they will be the Danbury Titans owned by Bruce Bennett. Also joining the league this year will be the Brewster (NY) Bulldogs, the Berlin (NH) River Drivers, and the Port Huron (MI) Prowlers. The 2014-2015 FHL Champions, the Watertown Wolves, will be inactive this season due to arena renovations.
I’m very excited to see what this 2015-2016 will bring. I hope you, the fan, are excited for it too. I’ll be sure to share as much as I can on my twitter, @theleewmowen. Follow the Dayton Demolition on Twitter, as more news continues to fly out during the off-season. Welcome in the Dayton Demolition!
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.)
Greetings readers, welcome to the new year of 2015!
I’d like to share with you my outlook and goals for the New Year. Don’t worry, they’re all sportscasting related (I’m not any good with any other type of resolutions, trust me.)
First off, I’m going to go further than “get a sportscasting job.” In my thoughts, it’s too generic and too boring. By now, you might know I’m already on the quest for the career. This is more for what steps I’d like to take to get said job this year.
Now, my first goal is to write more. Towards the end of last year, I started writing more in my blog. It started off as another outlet to inform people to listen in to my next call, but then transformed into me sharing some personal experiences of some events. For example, the 1st day of the 2014 TVS Tip-Off Tournament. That brought in some looks and a friend liked my personal touch on my recaps (and another way to share my broadcasting work too, I may add.)
Originally, this blog was about topics with my opinion added to them. Why did it stray so much, you ask? I don’t know if I got “bored” or just thought nobody was reading it, so articles became few and far between. It also didn’t help that work took a lot of free time out of my hands.
This year, I’d like to share more. I’d like to share my experiences as the broadcaster about what I see during a call. I’ll try my best to write at least two to three times a month, maybe more. If I can share an experience you can’t find anywhere else, I think that’d be something fascinating to read.
Secondly, I know I’ve shared my plans for this for about twenty centuries (because podcasting has existed that long, am I right?), but I feel like this will be the year I start my podcast! Originally, I wanted it to be about Dayton-area sports and nothing but. In case you don’t know, Dayton’s not a bad lace to be a sports fan. Cincinnati isn’t too far, but Dayton itself has hockey, baseball, basketball, football; a little bit of everything! We have great high school sports, collegiate teams, and pro teams too.
Now, I’m starting to question if I shouldn’t just have a podcast where it’s just me enjoying sharing stuff that interests me (mainly sports.) Suggestions are always welcome (either as a comment on this post or if you’re connected with me on social media.) Either way, it’s time for me to enter the world of podcasting. Hope you join me, whenever this happens!
Third, I’m hoping to meet more broadcasters and more people in the field this year. I’m very lucky to have connected with the ones I know of today, but I’m always looking to expand my network and make new friends. I need to be more social on Twitter (not to mention more interesting, am I right?)
These are three things I’m reaching for in these next 365 days! I hope you join me for the journey!
Until next time,