Giddings puts baseball on hold to polish additional skills

(September 4, 2018) After two summers in minor league baseball, Evan Giddings decided it would be helpful to develop skills in other areas of sports broadcasting. He’s found the opportunity in North Dakota. An STAA member, Giddings is the new Sports Director at AM 1100 The Flag in Fargo.

Giddings will call more than 80 high school football, basketball, volleyball and hockey games annually. He will also broadcast sports updates and host a weekly sports show.

“I saw the opening at The Flag through an STAA job posting back in July and immediately applied,” he recalls.

For Giddings, Flag Family Media is a great fit. “They have developed a strong brand and I’m excited to contribute. Also, in addition to the numerous play-by-play opportunities, I wanted the chance to have my hand in a little bit of everything on the radio side — hosting, updates, social media, sales, podcasts etc.”

Giddings spent the past two summers in minor league baseball, first with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, then with the St. Paul Saints and their veteran broadcaster Sean Aronson. Aronson played an important role in helping Giddings land at The Flag. “Not only through guidance and support, but helping me make contacts in Fargo. It made a big difference,” says Giddings.

Giddings sees the move to Fargo as a pause to his baseball career, not the end of it.

“My passion still lies on the diamond, but this move allows me to build other skills I think will be beneficial in the long run,” he says.

Giddings says his STAA membership has helped offset the fact that the college from which he earned his degree, Willamette University in Oregon, is not a traditional broadcasting school. “Although I went to a strong, academically-focused university, there was virtually no student outlet for broadcasting. STAA has helped me overcome circumstances that others in this industry may take for granted.”

(Visit Evan’s STAA Talent Page).

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