Gold joins fellow STAA member in PM Drive in Boise

Alex Gold(October 28, 2016) The new PM Drive show at ESPN Radio Boise features a pair of STAA members. Just seven months after joining the station himself, incumbent host Joey Jenkins is being joined by Alex Gold weekdays from 2 to 6 pm.

Gold moves to Boise after two years at 580 WIBW in Topeka, KS. While he enjoyed his time in the Kansas capitol city, the decision to relocate was an easy one. “All-sports station, no sales and a four hour show, among plenty of other things, is what made this a no brainer,” he says.

Jenkins adds, “It’ll be pretty cool to have two STAA members working on the same afternoon drive show together.”

One aspect of the job about which Gold is especially excited is the opportunity to be coached. “This is something that I’ve never had, but wanted. It’s one thing to do a show and get better naturally through being on-air, but feedback is something I’ve wanted for a long time and I’ll get that in Boise,” says Gold.

Before being offered the job, Gold did on on-air tryout with Jenkins. They clicked immediately. “Joey and I had some really honest questions from the very beginning of the process about who we are as hosts and what we wanted in a co-host,” says Gold. “We both were on the same page when it came to what we wanted in a show and the elements we feel like are essential for success in this market.”

This will be the first time Gold has lived outside of Kansas. After growing up in the Kansas City area, Gold graduated from the University of Kansas in 2013. His first post-graduate job was a utility role at 610 AM Sports in Kansas City. After four months, he moved to Wichita for a sports talk host/account executive position with Sports Radio KGSO 1410. A year later, it was onto WIBW where he was a host, reporter and account executive.

Gold has been an STAA member since his sophomore year in college. As a senior, he earned honorable mention in STAA’s All-America program.

“The most valuable [part of my STAA membership] is the accessibility to Jon Chelesnik,” says Gold. “I have yet to be unable to reach Jon for advice on the phone and not have him be there. STAA has provided me with specific one-on-one advice whenever I’ve needed it during my career.”

(Visit Alex’s STAA Talent Page).

DeBoer scores UMES basketball, Delmarva MiLB gigs

will deboer(October 27, 2016) You never know when one opportunity might lead to another. After Will DeBoer finished broadcasting the Cal Ripken World Series in Aberdeen, MD he asked his boss if he knew of additional play-by-play opportunities. DeBoer was told about a tandem opening featuring University of Maryland-Eastern Shore men’s basketball and DelMarva Shorebirds Class-A baseball. DeBoer applied and got the job.

“Baseball and basketball are my two favorite sports, and between the Shorebirds and the Hawks men and women I’ll get to broadcast almost 200 games a year,” says DeBoer.

DeBoer spent last summer as a broadcasting/media relations assistant with the York Revolution Baseball Club. He’s also called games for the Kalamazoo Growlers and DuPage County Hounds. While earning his Masters degree in broadcasting and production at Columbus State University in Georgia, he broadcast CSU basketball. In 2015, DeBoer was ranked by STAA among the nation’s Top 20 collegiate sports broadcasters.

A 2014 graduate of Hope College in Holland, MI, DeBoer is eager for life to start settling down a bit. “I’m looking forward to having guaranteed year-round work doing both [UMES and Delmarva]. Also, I recognize not every broadcaster my age has two major gigs within a few miles of each other. It will be nice to get to live in once place for awhile.”

(Visit Will’s website).

Terens new voice of U. of Vermont women’s hoops

tyler terens(October 25, 2016) When Tyler Terens learned of an opening for a radio play-by-play broadcaster for University of Vermont men’s basketball, he eagerly applied. After the school moved women’s voice Sam Hyman to the men’s chair, Terens interviewed for the women’s job. Now, he is the voice of Catamounts’ women’s basketball.

“I am elated to be the voice of UVM women’s basketball and providing everyone in the Burlington area with a passionate and informative broadcast every time out,” says Terens. “What an honor it is to be working for a program that has had a long history of success.”

Terens is a 2016 graduate of Hobart College in New York and a former soccer player for the Statesmen. Already the play-by-play voice of College of Holy Cross soccer, Terens had recently agreed to add webcasts of Crusaders’ men’s and women’s basketball. Giving all of that up for the Vermont opportunity was far from an easy decision.

“One of the biggest variables was that, with Vermont, I would be the sole voice of a team for the entire season,” he says. “Traveling with the team and being a part of the program for the season is something that was very attractive to me as a former collegiate athlete.”

Compounding the difficulty of Terens’ decision was the degree to which he’s enjoyed the people at Holy Cross. “Working with them during the soccer season and getting to know everyone made it even more difficult to turn them down. I appreciate everything they have done for me over the past few months.”

“[STAA CEO] Jon Chelesnik and I had an extremely productive conversation weighing the pros and cons of the two very different opportunities,” Terens adds.

Now, Terens eagerly anticipates the start of basketball season. “I can’t wait to get started. Go Cats!”

Oas new voice of Class-A LumberKings

erik oas(October 21, 2016) Erik Oas has earned his first opportunity as a lead broadcaster in affiliated minor league baseball. An STAA member, Oas is the new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Clinton LumberKings.

The LumberKings are the Class-A affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

“One of the things that have always drawn me to baseball has been its history. Joining the only remaining charter member of the Midwest League is something I find incredibly cool,” says Oas.

The San Diego native moves to Clinton following a stint with the Kannapolis Intimidators, the Chicago White Sox Class A affiliate in the South Atlantic League, where he served as the team’s Broadcast/Media Relations Assistant during the 2016 season.

He graduated from San Jose State University in May 2013 where he broadcast the school’s hockey, football, basketball, volleyball and baseball coverage for campus radio station KSJS.

Upon graduation, Oas worked in Palm Springs, California for the California Winter League and then spent two seasons in the West Coast League serving as the Director of Broadcast and Media Relations for the Klamath Falls Gems and Bellingham Bells. Following the 2015 season, he took his talents to Australia to serve as the Director of Broadcasting and Communications for the Melbourne Aces of the Australian Baseball League.

“We are looking forward to having Erik on board with us for the upcoming season,” said LumberKings General Manager Ted Tornow. “He has a great voice and enthusiasm for the game and I am sure that our fans and listeners will enjoy the broadcasts.”

(Visit Erik’s STAA Talent Page).

Polaski joins Radford U. basketball broadcast team

dave polaski(October 18, 2016) Dave Polaski has done freelance Division I college basketball play-by-play. Now, he’s excited for something permanent. An STAA member, Polaski is the new radio voice for Radford University men’s and women’s home games.

Fellow STAA member Kyle West, is broadcasting Radford women’s basketball home games on the Big South Network live stream and road games on the radio.

Ironically, this won’t be the first time Polaski has broadcast Radford women’s basketball. He did fill-in work for them a couple seasons ago.

“It’s a steady job in NCAA Division I basketball,” says Polaski. “I’ve had D-1 gigs before, but they were always on a fill-in basis, either at Rider University when I lived in New Jersey and did sports broadcasting as a side career or with Radford. Being able to set my schedule and prepare ahead of time is pretty exciting for me.”

Polaski learned of the Radford opportunity through an email from STAA. “I quickly reached out to Rick Watson, the school’s Director of Broadcasting. He was familiar with me and impressed by my recent work, so we coordinated a time to meet up for an interview,” says Polaski.

Radford isn’t the only basketball broadcasts in which Polaski will be involved this Winter. He’s also the studio host for the IMG/Texas Longhorns Radio Network. It means that Polaski will be spending a lot of time on the road between IMG’s studio in North Carolina and the Radford campus in Virginia.

“Most of the conflicts occur during the conference season, and IMG has been very supportive and accommodating of my Radford schedule,” says Polaski. “As long as I give them a heads-up so a suitable fill-in can be found, it typically isn’t an issue.”

Polaski is a 2002 graduate of Ohio University. In addition to college basketball, he has broadcast high school sports and worked for minor league baseball’s Winston-Salem Dash and Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

Polaski has been an STAA member since 2012.

(Visit Dave’s STAA Talent Page).

Chambers takes over middays at 103.3 ESPN Dallas

Will Chambers(October 14, 2016) In January 2013, Will Chambers joined a new sports station in Cincinnati, OH as a Morning Drive sports anchor and co-host. He thought his career was on its way. Six months later, his team got off the air at 10 am and were told the station was flipping formats in two hours.

Today, Chambers’ career is again trending up. An STAA member since 2010, Chambers and Jean-Jacques Taylor are the new midday show at ESPN 103.3 in Dallas.

For Chambers, the opportunity is the payoff to a bet he placed on himself two years ago. Unable to find another job in Cincinnati, Chambers moved to Dallas. He had personal ties to the city but zero employment prospects. “It was a total leap of faith, and eight months in I thought the career was done,” Chambers recalls.

Chambers was working in marketing when the opportunity finally arose to join 103.3 ESPN as a utility host. Simultaneously, Chambers moved into pharmaceutical sales to help pay his bills while earning more opportunities at the station. He hosted ESPN Dallas Game Night, ESPN Dallas Game Day, and was a fill-in host on the ESPN Mavericks Radio Network. Now Chambers is hosting middays 9 am to 1 pm.

In addition to sports talk, Chambers’ resume includes play-by-play for Georgetown College (KY) and various high school sports. He is a graduate of Northern Kentucky University.

(Visit Will’s STAA Talent Page).

One STAA member follows another as Stingrays voice

Jared ShafranWhen Zach Fisch left his broadcasting/media relations position with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays, he recommended his friend and fellow STAA member Jared Shafran as his successor. Now, Shafran is the team’s new Director of Communications and Broadcasting.

“The Stingrays have been very lucky over the years to have some great broadcasters bringing Stingrays hockey to our fans,” said Stingrays President Rob Concannon. “We are thrilled to announce Jared Shafran as our new Director of Communications and Broadcasting. Jared will bring a great deal of excitement to the airwaves and we look forward to him joining our organization.”

The 27-year-old Shafran most recently served as an Athletics Communications Associate at Ferris State University where he called games for the school’s Division I hockey team. This past year, Shafran was behind the microphone for Ferris State’s WCHA conference championship win, as well as the team’s run to the 2016 NCAA Tournament. At Ferris State, Shafran played a key role in producing video and multimedia content and helped oversee social media accounts for all 17 of Ferris State’s athletic programs. He also assisted with the school’s media relations and marketing efforts while leading video board production.

“I am thrilled to join the Stingrays organization and am excited to get started quickly with the new season,” said Shafran. “I’ve heard so many great things about the area and I’m looking forward to meeting all the staff, players, and passionate fans in Lowcountry. Thank you to Rob Concannon and his staff for welcoming me to the team and giving me this amazing opportunity.”

Shafran, a Highland Mills, New York native, previously spent three seasons with the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL) from 2012-2015. The Northeastern University graduate handed play-by-play for the Storm and spearheaded the team’s media relations and digital media initiatives. During his time in Tri-City, Shafran’s strong body of work earned him numerous opportunities to work league events. Shafran was chosen to lead interview efforts for the USHL at the NHL Draft for two years, and also hosted the USHL Draft Show twice. He also worked alongside Fisch for several events during his time in the USHL, including the 2014 Draft Show and the 2015 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Dubuque, Iowa where Shafran served as a rinkside reporter.

“I’m thrilled for Jared to take over the microphone in South Carolina,” said Fisch. “I worked closely with him during our time in the USHL and his professionalism, work-ethic, and play-by-play always stood out. He has a vast background in everything the position encompasses, and I know South Carolina fans will love listening to his work on the air.”

Shafran’s previous work includes a stint as the play-by-play voice of the Palm Springs Power baseball team in California in 2012, as well as experience writing for The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald, and The Huntington News. He interned with New England Sports Network and College Hockey Inc. during his time at Northeastern. Shafran’s honors on the microphone including finishing in the top-five of the 2015 FASTHockey Broadcaster Battle and being named a 2011 Sportscasters Talent Agency of America (STAA) Honorable Mention All-American.

(Visit Jared’s STAA Talent Page).

West to broadcast Radford women’s basketball

Kyle West(October 10, 2016) Veteran minor league baseball broadcaster Kyle West has a new off-season job. An STAA member, West is the new voice of Radford University women’s basketball. He will broadcast a live stream of Highlanders home games and radio broadcasts for road games.

Home games will stream on the Big South Network.

“The opportunity to do 15 broadcasts with each skill set [radio and video] is extremely valuable and allows me to maintain a variety of options moving forward in my career,” says West.

West has been Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for Lynchburg Hillcats baseball since 2014. From 2013 through last year, he doubled as the football and basketball voice at West Liberty University in West Virginia while earning his Masters degree at the school. As the voice of the Hilltoppers, he called the 2013 NCAA Division II men’s basketball national championship game.

“Initially, the Radford opportunity arose at the same time the Hillcats were looking to bring me on full-time, so this presented a way to continue doing basketball play-by-play while working in baseball year-round,” ways West. “Previously, I needed to relocate in the winter to do basketball play-by-play, so I was only a seasonal employee for the Hillcats.”

West earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas in 2012. He joined STAA during his junior year.

“STAA provides me the comfort of having job openings sent directly to my inbox as well as the knowledge I can always pick up the phone and receive some sound, unbiased advice from CEO Jon Chelesnik at anytime,” says West. “Even though it was right down the road, I doubt I would have known about the Radford opening without STAA.

“Sometimes I feel I don’t use [my STAA membership] to its full potential, but even with that being said, I still gain far more value in return than the amount a membership costs.”

“This all happened very quickly during a hectic time in my life, but as is always the case, God cleared away the chaos and guided me to the path I was meant to take at this time. I am beyond grateful that Radford posted this opening when it did, and I am even more excited I was able to earn the job.”

(Visit Kyle’s STAA Talent Page).

Piel staying in Texas as voice of Texas A&M-Kingsville

kevin piel(October 7, 2016) When Kevin Piel moved from Ohio to Texas for a minor league baseball job last Spring, he assumed he would be returning to Ohio for the off-season. Instead, Piel is staying in the Lone Star State to call play-by-play for Texas A&M-Kingsville.

In addition to broadcasting the complete football schedule, Piel will broadcast home games for men’s and women’s basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball for the NCAA Division II university.

“It’s a very exciting opportunity,” Piel grins.

The opportunity with TAMUK started taking shape in May, shortly after Piel began working as a broadcasting and media relations assistant with minor league baseball’s Corpus Christi Hooks. “I was told by some co-workers with the Hooks that they were looking to make a change and start fresh,” he says. “Also, the previous play-by-play guy was only doing football and that was it. They needed someone who wanted to do more.”

Piel will also host TAMUK coaches shows.

As a student at Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Piel gained play-by-play experience in various sports on the campus radio station. He also broadcast summer collegiate baseball during his junior and senior years. Upon graduating, Piel did freelance play-by-play for Buckeye CableSystem Sports Network in Toledo.

(Visit Kevin’s website).

Billson gets show on 1420 NBC Sports Radio Tri-Cities

Marky Billson(October 4, 2016) For the first time in 18 years, Marky Billson has his own sports talk radio show. An STAA member, Billson has been hired to host a daily show on 1420 NBC Sports Radio Tri-Cities in Johnson City, TN.

“I was always interested in the genre,” says Billson. “I would listen to some shows and just think ‘I can do better than that,’ and I always felt I had something to say.”

Ironically, Billson’s new station is one at which he worked nearly 20 years ago when it was WEMB. He’s lived in the Tri-Cities market off and on since 1986. “I know the market, but I also know how much more it can be sports wise, which the nation saw with the huge crowd at ‘The Battle of Bristol’ football game,” says Billson, referring to the recent Tennessee-Virginia Tech football game that drew roughly 150,000 fans to the Bristol Motor Speedway.

Though Billson last hosted a regular sports show in 1997, he hasn’t been away from sports broadcasting. Over the past 20 years, he’s been doing play-by-play for everything from high school and semi-pro football, to indepenent minor league baseball, junior hockey and freelance college soccer. Billson is also a freelance sports writer.

For Billson, the greatest challenge in getting back into sports talk was the lack of fresh demo material. “I hadn’t hosted an actual sports talk show since 1998. So many of my old tapes — yes TAPES — were dated,” he smiles. “To an employer it would make me seem like yesterday’s sportscaster.”

Billson’s workaround was to write and produce one and two minute commentaries to feature on his STAA Talent Page. “They showed I could make direct points that were intriguing and humorous,” he says.

The story of Billson’s new opportunity is an uncommon one. It started when he befriened station owner Maria True on Facebook. When one of the station’s hosts needed time off, Billson was asked to fill-in for a week.

“On the very first day, I had on [former East Tennessee State University player] Keith ‘Mister’ Jennings, who is probably the greatest player ever to play basketball in the Tri-Cities,” Billson says. “I remember when 93.7 The Fan in Pittsburgh started and their first guest was Dan Marino, so I knew I had to have on a legend to get things kicked off.”

After Billson’s week of fill-in was up, he was offered the permanent position.

One person who has been especially helpful as Billson has knocked off the rust is station consultant Jamie Osborne.

“I consider myself an old pro, but Jamie has really helped me,” says Billson. “Keeping subjects short in the first hour, for instance, because so many listeners only tune in for a short period of time from Noon to one.”

Billson has been an STAA member since the company’s inception in 2006. “Where else would I find out who is hiring,” Billson wonders.

He also cites STAA’s support as a reason for his longevity with the team. “Back in 2013 I was the play-by-play broadcaster of a minor league baseball team that went out of business in mid-season. You can imagine there were all sort of frustrations and hardships during this period of time. But [STAA was] always there for support, even if I needed someone just to listen to me rant on the situations and circumstances that I was enduring. It really helped me keep my head!”

(Visit Marky’s STAA Talent Page).