As I approached my informational interview, I wasn’t sure of the feedback I would receive. I thought I did a good job, but I wasn’t sure how he would see it. As I asked him questions I basically wanted to see how he felt, how the fans felt, and the opposing teams felt about the quality. He first asked how I felt about how I did. I told him that I thought it was more difficult than I expected at first. I explained that as the games went on, I felt more comfortable with remembering our player’s names as well as the pace that the games were played at. I also stumbled across my words a few times at first, but that went away as well. Once I go comfortable, I felt like I did a good job. Al said he had no negative feedback except for one email he got from an opposing fan. He explained that the fan said I was too much of a “homer” announcer. Al followed this and asked the other announcers from different schools what they thought about the comment. They said that everyone has to be a little that way in order to represent their own school. Al said besides that he thought I did a great job and is hoping to continue on next year with a student. He also said he got great feedback in the playoffs when I had to announce for radio as well as the internet. He said the opposing fans as well as coaches and announcers were all impressed and able to follow closely since the pass was closed. I then asked him how he got started doing informational work and coaching. He explained the whole story and then discussed my future and found out that I wanted to be a coach. Al said he would like to help me in that area if he can.
Former Announcer and Coach for Portland Christian High School
Since I had not seen Dan since High School, I was a little nervous how the interview would go. Although me and Dan go way back, it was reassuring once we started to get talking and felt just like old times. Dan was a Football P.A announcer as well as Baseball coach at Portland Christian for over 20 years. I had told him at the beginning of the season that I was doing a broadcasting internship and casually asked him if he would be willing to do an interview at the end of the season. The first thing I asked him was what he thought were the most important tools in being any kind of sports announcer or commentator. He said to him the most important aspects of any kind of announcing was, 1. You have to be passionate about and know what sport you are announcing. He explained how he used to hate announcing with someone new who either didn’t know the sport or didn’t care about it. He said it was like watching sports center with your wife and her trying to remember rules and the different players. He said the second most important thing to remember was that it was about the people listening/watching your broadcast. He said of course you know what you are talking about and even your partner may know but you have to make sure your audience understands in the same way you do. I asked him if he had any advice for me and he responded by saying not to stop until I was where I wanted to be. He said he biggest mistake was not going for opportunities because he didn’t think he could get them.
Former Manager/DJ at KPAM Radio
Darrell Kennedy was a manager at KPAM radio and had over 30 years in the radio and recording business. I sat down with him and he said his experience might be slightly different because all of his experience was radio based and less broadcast. He said it was similar because neither of us had our face on camera and therefore had to create our own persona’s and personalities through our broadcasts. I asked him what his biggest difficulties were on live radio. His answer seemed fairly common but I had not thought of that situation until I heard it from him. He explained that his biggest difficulty would be forgetting someone’s name or messing up words and trying to get back on track. He said everyone messes up, but it’s how you respond to those mistakes that separate the good and the great broadcasters. He further explained that dead air space is the worst that could happen. He said he would rather have someone talking about nothing this not talking at all. His words were also encouraging when it came to finding a job. He said to get where he got, he had to work his way up the ladder and eventually got where he wanted to be through ambition, hard work, and jumping at opportunities.