Regular readers of this blog know that I’m a big advocate of always doing your best, even when you think no one is listening.
Joe DiMaggio always played hard because he never knew when someone might be watching him for the first time. Orlando TV sports anchor Christian Bruey got his job when the station’s news director saw Bruey hosting a show on a community access cable TV station.
Here’s another great story. STAA member Brian Jennings is spending Thanksgiving week in Hawaii because he brings the DiMaggio approach to his broadcasts.
Last spring, Jennings was doing freelance broadcasting at the baseball state finals for the Indiana High School Radio Network. “The guy who had the game after me is one of the voices of Purdue football and basketball,” says Jennings. “He was impressed with me I guess.”
Two months later, Jennings received a call from the general manager of the Purdue Radio Network, requesting a sample of Jennings’ basketball play-by-play.
“I sent them my demo and resumes links and that was it,” says Jennings.
Jennings will broadcast a Boilermakers’ women’s basketball home game on November 18th. He’ll then fly with the team for a contest at the University of Utah. From there, it’s on to Hawaii for games November 24th, 25th and 26th.
“You never know who’s listening that’s for sure,” says Jennings. “
In addition to underscoring the value of always doing your best, Jennings’ story is also a reminder to never say no to opportunity.
“It’s amazing what one freelance job can do for other potential jobs,” he grins.