Broskowski new Honkers broadcaster

Michael BroskowskiThe Rochester Honkers have announced the hiring of STAA client Michael Broskowski as the new radio broadcaster for the 2012 season.

Broskowski takes over the microphone from Zack Fisch who will be graduating from St. Cloud State in the spring.

“It’s a great honor to be part of the Rochester Honkers organization, an organization steeped in history,” Broskowski said in a release. “The Northwoods League has always been a goal of mine and to break in with the best franchise in the league, it’s special.”

Broskowski is a junior at Western Illinois University in Macomb, Ill., majoring in broadcasting and journalism. He does play-by-play for the Western football team, women’s basketball and the men’s baseball team.

This past summer Broskowski was the broadcaster for the Mat-Su-Miners of the Alaska Summer Collegiate League, as well as the team’s official scorekeeper and statistician. In 2010, he was the No. 2 broadcaster for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, the Class A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

“I’m excited to bring the fans the action this summer and enhance the listener and viewer experience,” Broskowski said. “I can’t wait for this summer, and call the game that I truly love.”

All 70 regular season Honkers games and postseason games can be hear 1520 AM “The Ticket.”

(Visit Michael’s STAA Talent Page).

Snoek back in OHL with Petes

Rob Snoek(September 22, 2011) Rob Snoek is back in the OHL. An STAA client, Snoek is the new radio play-by-play voice for the Peterborough Petes.

“I am back in the OHL handling the entire 68 game regular season for the Peterborough Petes,” Snoek grins.

Snoek spent 2003 through 2010 in the OHL broadcasting more than 500 games for the Oshawa Generals. He is the second STAA client to join the OHL this off-season. Last week, Andy McNamara was named TV play-by-play voice of the Oshawa Generals.

“Peterborough is one of the great hockey towns in Canada – as the launching pad for NHL names like Steve Yzerman, Chris Pronger, Scotty Bowman, Bob Gainey as well as Eric and Jordan Staal,” Snoek says.

Hockey isn’t the only thing keeping Snoek busy of late. “I have been handling quite a bit of freelance work with CBC TV Sports including the Live network coverage of Rugby League last Saturday, the World Aquatics Championships, World Cross Country Running Championships, and last winter ‘s entire Alpine Skiing World Cup season,” Snoek says. “I am looking forward to more work with CBC Sports over the winter.”

All of Snoek’s broadcasting responsibilities are in addition to his daily morning sportscasts on CKDO and KX 96 in the Greater Toronto Area.

Snoek told the Peterborough Examiner he has been a long-time friend of former Petes voice Pete Dalliday and says he’s excited and nervous to follow in his footsteps.

“I guess I’ve finally seen the light,” said Snoek, chuckling about switching from the Generals to Petes’ broadcasts. “I called Pete because I wanted to get a sense of where things were at with him. I feel like I’m taking over this role with his blessing as he takes over the television role with Cogeco.

“I pledge to do my absolute best,” Snoek told the Examiner. “To tell the current day Petes’ story with the same kind of zeal and energy it’s been told with the last few decades. I’ll say right now, I’m not an outright cheerleader and I don’t think my predecessor was as well. We call the games the way we see them.

“I’ll be fair and honest.”

(Visit Rob’s STAA Talent Page).

McNamara scores OHL TV gig

Andy McNamara(September 16, 2011) Andy McNamara is excited to get a close up look at the future of hockey. An STAA client, McNamara has been named TV play-by-play voice of the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.

“I’m looking forward to calling hockey at a high level and getting to broadcast the action of future NHL stars,” McNamara says.

The opportunity represents somewhat of a promotion for McNamara. “I filled-in doing some color commentary last season for the Generals,” McNamara says. When veteran Generals play-by-play broadcaster Roger Lajoie resigned, McNamara applied.

“Being able to use my STAA Talent Page link to send over for the [job] interview was a nice, simple way to get all my info over to them in one shot,” McNamara says. “They commented on how they liked it and how easy it was to see all my material in one spot.”

Since joining STAA in June 2009, McNamara has earned a reputation for working as hard in the job market as any client on STAA’s roster. “The way I see it is that it’s so competitive that one has to make their own breaks,” McNamara says.

A five year veteran of sports play-by-play, McNamara’s hockey broadcasting includes the Ontario College Athletic Association (OCAA), and Ontario University Athletics (OUA). McNamara has also called play-by-play for the 2011 CCAA Men’s Collegiate National Basketball Championships and the 2011 World Indoor Lacrosse Championships in Prague, Czech Republic.

The Generals job isn’t the only good news McNamara has received this week. He has also been chosen to host the National Lacrosse League’s entry draft live online broadcast the week of September 19th in Toronto.

(Visit Andy’s STAA Talent Page).

Herrick takes sports job in Oklahoma

John Herrick(September 7, 2011) STAA client John Herrick has been hired as News Director/Play-by-Play Broadcaster at Chisholm Trail Broadcasting’s four station cluster in Enid, OK.

The job is the second full-time position Herrick has landed in the past four months. In April, Herrick joined New Media Broadcasters in Havre, MT as a broadcaster and play-by-play announcer. As much as Herrick enjoyed working in Big Sky country, he says the Enid position was too good to pass up.

“With the amount of play-by-play opportunities I [will be] getting, being closer to some bigger markets like Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and the fact that I am significantly closer to my family, it was an impossible opportunity to turn down,” says Herrick.

A 2010 graduate of DePauw University in Indiana, Herrick twice ranked in the Top 20 of all collegiate sportscasters in the United States in STAA’s annual ratings. He joined STAA following graduation.

As excited as Herrick is to get started in Enid, he appreciates his time in Montana.

“I am very thankful to New Media Broadcasters for all of the help and guidance they have given me in the last four months,” Herrick says. “They have been fantastic. I will be forever indebted to the station.”

Cox new voice of St. Cloud State

JW Cox(September 2, 2011) Southern California native JW Cox is going to have to get used to Minnesota winters. An STAA client, Cox is joining Leighton Broadcasting as play-by-play voice for St. Cloud State University (NCAA Division II) football and basketball.

In addition to Huskies athletics, Cox will broadcast a variety of high school play-by-play. Leighton Broacasting’s KNSI 1450 AM is the radio home for well over 100 games with SCSU and area high schools.

“The job is going to expand what I can do,” Cox says. “I always tell people I can broadcast just about anything but this is really going to let me sink my teeth into some football and add it to my tape and resume.”

A native of Southern California, Cox has become quite familiar with the state of Minnesota. He has spent each of the past two summers broadcasting baseball for the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters of the summer collegiate Northwoods League.

Cox was first tipped-off to the possibility of the St. Cloud State job by an alumnus of the university. After he saw the job officially posted on the STAA website, Cox emailed his cover letter and the link to his STAA Talent Page. After Cox was invited to interview for the position, STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik did a mock interview with him to help Cox prepare.

“The mock interview was great,” Cox says. “It definitely put me at ease going in. I didn’t know what to expect necessarily. I knew having the mock interview would prepare me for what the traditional interview would be like.”

As for staying in Minnesota for the winter, Cox is prepared.

“I’ve always ended up back [in Southern California] after my summers up here,” Cox smiles. “I have some friends up here who have given me a checklist of things I need to do and items I’ll need for the winter. Until I go through it, though, I don’t know what to expect. People tell me it’s a whole different kind of cold up here.”

Cox understands the cold winter is part of the price he must pay to advance his career.

“This job is a big step for me towards making myself a much better, more versatile, broadcaster.”

(Visit JW’s STAA Talent Page).

STAA's Elken joins ABC TV Eugene

Erik Elken(September 1, 2011) After living his entire life in the Northeastern U.S., Erik Elken is giong to see what life is like on the other side of the country. An STAA client, Elken is joining KEZI ABC TV in Eugene, OR as a sports reporter/anchor and play-by-play broadcaster.

KEZI 9 is the single strongest television station in Oregon outside of Portland. According to the station’s website, nearly 500,000 people throughout 12 counties watch KEZI 9 each week.

Elken moves to the Pacific Northwest after spending this summer as play-by-play broadcaster for minor league baseball’s Tri-City ValleyCats. A 2010 graduate of Syracuse University, Elken’s TV experience includes play-by-play for Time Warner Sports in Albany, NY. He has also served internships at ESPN, XOS Digital and NBC Olympics during the network’s coverage of the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.

Recently Elken said, “I can’t overstate how easy [the STAA Talent Page] makes the application process. It’s nice to be able to send a link to any potential employer and have them be able to see my Talent Page.”

(Visit Erik’s STAA Talent Page.)

O’Rourke new voice of Charleston Southern

Kevin O’Rourke(August 29, 2011) As recently as four days ago, Kevin O’Rourke figured to be parked in front of aTV for the start of college football season. Now, though, he’ll be broadcasting play-by-play from a stadium filled with 45,000 thousand screaming fans. An STAA client, O’Rourke has been named football and basketball voice at Charleston Southern University.

The Bucs kick-off their season Saturday at the University of Central Florida.

“I’m excited about doing Division I sports and having a chance to do both football and basketball,” O’Rourke says.

Following this weekend’s visit to UCF, the Bucs play at Florida State. “That is going to fun,” O’Rourke says excitedly.

O’Rourke was named a 2010 STAA All-America after finishing as the second ranked collegiate sportscaster in the country during his senior year at Rutgers University.

The CSU hiring process certainly was unusual. Shortly after the position was made public in July, the person in charge of hiring left for a job at another school. With that, the hiring process at CSU came to a screeching halt. As recently as last Friday, the school did not know who they would hire.

“I applied in July but didn’t hear back,” says O’Rourke. “Then Friday, the Athletic Director [Hank Small] called me. We met on Saturday and that was it.”

During their meeting, Small went out of his well to tell O’Rourke how helpful his STAA Talent Page was during the evaluation process.

“I didn’t think I was going to get [the CSU job] but it worked out well for me,” O’Rourke grins.

O’Rourke’s ties to Charleston helped his candidacy. He spent this summer as a broadcasting intern with minor league baseball’s Charleston RiverDogs.

“I really love Charleston from getting to know [the city] with the RiverDogs. It would be a great area to stay,” says O’Rourke.

(Visit Kevin’s STAA Talent Page.).

Surprising twist leads Volkmer to job

Ross Volkmer(August 23, 2011) Ross Volkmer applied for one job and ended up with another. An STAA client, Volkmer is joining Rocking M Radio’s five-station cluster in Colby, KS as a play-by-play broadcaster, sports update anchor and account executive. He will also assist with other on-air duties.

A recent graduate of Northwest Missouri State University, Volkmer says, “I kind of get to do a lot of everything, which is good for someone in my position.”

The Colby opportunity came to Volkmer only after he applied for another job with a Rocking M Radio station in another city. The station ended up hiring somebody local but asked Volkmer about his interest in the Colby job.

“It’s a great opportunity because of the chance for me to learn,” Volkmer says. “They say a lot of folks who work in Colby are great teachers and show you how to do things. I believe they are more than willing to show me the way and help me become a better broadcaster.”

Volkmer says his STAA Talent Page was quite helpful during the application process.

“It brought my resume and audio together in one spot,” Volkmer says. “When I applied for another job [with Rocking M Radio] and didn’t get it, they were able to go back and review at my stuff on STAA [when the new opportunity arose].”

Root to Hub City Radio in Aberdeen

Ben Root(August 19, 2011) Ben Root has found his next sportscasting opportunity without leaving South Dakota. An STAA client, Root has accepted a play-by-play / DJ position with Hub City Radio in Aberdeen, SD. Among other responsibilities, Root will be broadcasting high school sports and be part of a one-hour daily sports talk program.

Root relocates from Milbank, SD where he spent the past year at Big Stone Radio. It’s the fourth job Root has gained since first joining STAA in 2007.

“As usual, I definitely wouldn’t have had this opportunity if not for STAA. The guys at Hub City Radio saw my STAA Talent Page and called to see if I was interested in a move 90 miles west, and I went for it.”

A 2006 graduate of Fullerton (CA) College, Root has broadcast football, basketball, baseball and softball at the college and high school levels. He has also served as a program director, news director and sports talk host. He is excited to relocate to Aberdeen.

“It’s a definite move up, and [my wife and I] are glad to be in a bigger city.”

(Visit Ben’s STAA Talent Page.)

Hersch named Texas Tornado voice

Corey Hersc(August 9, 2011) For many college grads, landing a full-time sports broadcasting job takes a lot longer than it took STAA client Corey Hersch. Just three months after graduating from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut, Hersch has accepted a full-time position as Broadcaster/Media Relations Contact for the Texas Tornado of the NAHL.

“It really excites me that I was able to get [an on-air] job in broadcasting,” Hersch says. “I know a lot of people in my field settle for producing jobs and off-air stuff, and I was ready to do that too, but my heart was set on broadcasting. To get a job so quickly — just three months after graduation — and in hockey as well, that really excites me.”

At Quinnipiac, Hersch broadcast men’s and women’s hockey for the Bobcats. Last fall, he severed a radio intership with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and their outstanding veteran broadcaster Phil Giubileo.

Hersch joined STAA immediately after receiving his diploma. “It was kind of a graduation gift from my parents,” he says. “I told them before graduation that the website was something I was interested in. I got the [Tornado] job posting sent to me by STAA before it went public. I sent [Tornado Vice President] Ben Webber a cover letter and link to my STAA Talent Page and the very next day, he emailed me back expressing interest.”

Coincidentally, Webber and Hersch have a mutual acquaintance who works at Quinnipiac. Webber made a phone call and received a positive endorsement about Hersch.

“It’s funny how small of a world it is,” Hersch grins. “It just goes to show how much you should develop relationships with everyone you come into contact with because you never know how it is going to help you.”

“Thank you again for the service you provide with STAA,” Hersch says. “Being a client gave me the opportunity to apply for the position before it went public and gave me a leg up on the competition. It certainly was an advantage for this job, and I’m sure it will be again in the future.”

(Visit Corey’s STAA Talent Page.)