STAA client David Kelly is joining KMSB-TV and the Fox 11 Sports Force in Tucson, AZ as an anchor/reporter.
“It was something I have kind of been thinking about. I’ve always thought I would eventually do television.
“It’s ironic that after applying for some 60-plus TV jobs over the last eight months, the one I finally land is right in my own backyard,” Kelly smiles. “It definitely does pay to be close to the situation.”
Kelly believes the state of the economy in recent years has made regionality even more important in the job market. “If [an employer] has talent they don’t have to fly in and relocate, it helps,” he says. “I also have a lot of built-in relationships from my two and-a-half years working in Athletics (at the University of Arizona).
From 2008 to 2010, Kelly served as Sponsorship Marketing Coordinator at U of A/IMG Radio and was a member of the broadcast team for Wildcat athletics.
The move to TV comes for Kelly after 11 years in sports broadcasting, mostly in radio. His experience includes play-by-play with minor league baseball’s Memphis Redbirds and talk show hosting, anchoring and reporting with WTAM Radio in Cleveland, OH.
Kelly has been an STAA client since July 2010.
“Thanks again for all [STAA] does for the industry,” Kelly says. “Having a Talent Page on your site has been a tremendous asset in allowing me to swiftly disperse my information.”
Kelly encourages others in the job market to be aggressive in geting their name out into the industry.
“The thing I heard from a lot of News Directors is that, even though I had big market experience as a fill-in freelancer, you have to be able to do everything. You have to be able to shoot, to edit and to produce. I didn’t really have that hands-on experience. You just keep pushing through it, hoping someone will give you an opportunity based on talent then let you learn those other things.”
(Visit David’s STAA Talent Page).