My life as a sports broadcaster unofficially started in the Mercer Island High School cafeteria on January 13, 2009. Yes, it may seem odd, but by cashing in on the opportunity to run the scoreboard for the JV basketball game later that night, I took the first of many steps to fulfilling my dream of broadcasting sports for a living.
Three years, a couple more chance encounters, and a whole lot of practice later, I was broadcasting varsity basketball games on the radio, proving to myself that I wanted to broadcast sports for years to come.
Now, I’m immersed in the world of Minor League Baseball, working as the radio broadcaster for the Frisco RoughRiders.
I graduated from the University of Oregon in March 2016. Much of my time in Eugene was spent with campus radio KWVA, where I had the chance to broadcast Oregon volleyball, softball and soccer, in addition to South Eugene High School football and basketball. I also hosted our daily talk show, “Quack Smack,” twice a week. In the fall of 2015, I had a chance to be part of KWVA’s first ever Oregon football broadcasts.
My work at KWVA garnered a pair of national honors. I finished second in STAA’s 2016 All-American program, a competition for college broadcasters across the country. In 2014, I won the award for best college play-by-play at the National Student Production Awards, presented by College Broadcasters, Inc.
When I wasn’t in Eugene, I spent my summers working as a broadcaster in the West Coast League, a collegiate wood bat summer league based in the pacific northwest. In 2013, I worked for the Victoria HarbourCats. I spent 2014 and 2015 with the Yakima Valley Pippins. In addition to game broadcasts, I prepared game notes, produced pre and post-game video interviews for every game, along with other video and written features for the team’s website.
Looking back, it’s amazing to think that I may not be where I am right now without that casual cafeteria encounter, but I’m certainly glad it happened. My career in sports broadcasting is only beginning and I look forward to what lies ahead.