Holland new P-Nats voice

Bryan Holland(November 26, 2012) Like many baseball Winter Meeting attendees, STAA client Bryan Holland hoped to leave with some useful networking contacts – maybe even a job. Holland came away with a job in sales, hoping it would eventually lead him back behind the mic. The gamble paid off. Holland has been promoted to Director of Media Relations/Play-by-play Broadcaster for the Potomac Nationals.

The Potomac Nationals are the Class-A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

“After securing a position as a Sales Executive for the Potomac Nationals at the 2011 Winter Meetings, I sold group outings, picnic parties, and corporate sponsorships throughout the 2012 season with the hopeful expectation of transitioning back into the Media Relations/Play-by-play broadcasting role for the 2013 season,” Holland explains.

“With P-Nats baseball, I will refine my play-calling abilities in addition to improving strategies for maintaining positive relationships with the media, while continuing our growth in corporate sales initiatives. I believe repetition allows you to become more instinctive about the tasks at hand and certainly the game as a whole, and I can’t wait for the 140-game slate to begin in April.”

Now, Holland is ready to return to the familiar Carolina League airwaves. Holland’s first opportunity to broadcast baseball came during college, back in 2007, during a summer broadcasting internship for the Frederick Keys, who also play in the Carolina League.

Prior to joining the Nationals, Holland was the play-by-play announcer for the Hagerstown Suns and the Outer Banks Daredevils.

“So much of my career in baseball has felt almost surreal in a way, because with all the awesome opportunities that arise in MiLB, sometimes I have to pinch myself and be thankful that I am doing something I absolutely love.”

Getting back on the air advances Holland further down the path towards his career goals.

“For me, this is the next step of my mission to reach the Big Leagues as a play-by-play broadcaster.”

(Visit Bryan’s STAA Talent Page).

STAA clients to call CWL games

California Winter League(November 21, 2012) For most of the country, heading out to the baseball diamond in the dead of winter is an icy thought. Fortunately for several STAA sportscasters, the desert climate in Palm Springs, CA allows for baseball games without the frostbite. The California Winter League has hired STAA clients Matt Greenwood, Justin Antweil, Dave Sobieraj, and Jeff Bowe, for Broadcasting/Media positions.

“The California Winter League is a prestigious league and gives me a great opportunity to continue my passion for broadcasting while I wait for the Somerset Patriots (his other employer) season to begin again,” Antweil says. A 2011 graduate of the University of Miami, Antweil will travel from New York for the CWL season.

The CWL has employed several STAA each of the past two seasons. When it came time to hire for this winter, they sent the job description to STAA. STAA, in turn, shared the lead exclusively with STAA Premier members.

The season lasts through January and February, with games played 5 – 7 days a week. For a group of young broadcasters, it is the perfect opportunity to cram valuable job experience into two months. Greenwood is particularly excited to build out his post-college experience.

“Baseball is the sport I desire to broadcast the most. Not only will I be involved in daily baseball activities, but the opportunity to learn how to better connect with players through interviews and off the record discussions is something that is of great value,” Greenwood explains.

“I will be making connections with people in the broadcasting business that can maybe, somewhere down the line, be a great reference for future broadcasting positions.”

Sobieraj is already familiar with off-season college baseball leagues. He was the play-by-play announcer for the Southern California Collegiate Baseball League this year.

Southern California native Bowe must first get through his last set of finals before a December graduation from San Jose State University. “Over the past 3 years I have worked in NCAA baseball and being involved in broadcasting future stars of college baseball will be a great experience!”

It just might be that the on field exploits those future college baseball stars are being described over the air by the future stars of baseball broadcasting.

(Visit Matt , Justin , Dave and Jeff’s STAA Talent Pages.)

Von Benko back in play-by-play at Pitt

George Von Benko(November 19, 2012) George Von Benko has enjoyed a long and notable career in play-by-play. However, he has watched the industry trend toward younger talent and the veteran broadcaster wasn’t sure he’d have another opportunity to broadcast college sports. That chance, however, has come his way. An STAA client, Von Benko is the new play-by-play voice for University of Pittsburgh women’s basketball.

“It came out of the blue,” Von Benko says. “I thought my days doing games were over. Scott Stiller, who was doing the games, took a full time job and they had an opening. Longtime Pitt play-by-play announcer Bill Hillgrove recommended me to IMG and they hired me.”

Von Benko’s play-by-play resume includes football and basketball for the University of Cincinnati and California University of Pennsylvania. His time at Cincinnati coincided with Bob Huggins’ tenure as the Bearcats basketball coach. In addition to hosting a daily sports talk show, Von Benko was most recently providing color commentary for Duquesne University men’s basketball.

“I am thankful that I am back doing play-by-play, which I always felt fit my skill set better than doing color. It is deja vue, because I had done some work with Pitt years ago. Some of the same people are still there, so I feel very comfortable, and it fits perfectly with some of the other things I do.”

(Visit George’s STAA Talent Page).

Stiff joining WTKM in Hartford, WI

Brady StiffSuccess is when preparation meets opportunity. STAA client Brady Stiff has found success in the job market, joining WTKM Radio in Hartford, WI as Sports Director and On-Air Host.

Stiff landed the job through a connection at WGN in Chicago, where he’s been a producer since 2009. “I randomly ran into the general manager Tom Langmyer one night while I was there to produce a Cubs game (Langmyer has since left WGN).” Tom and I had never met before, so he proposed that I come in during the day sometime so he could get to know me a little bit.”

During that meeting, Langmyer mentioned that a friend of his at WTKM was looking for someone to fill the Sports Director/Host position. “[Langmyer] thought it would be a great opportunity, especially at the entry level. So I applied, went through the interview process, and landed the job.

“It’s funny, this never would have happened if I hadn’t run into Tom by pure chance that one night.”

This is Stiff’s first full-time job in radio. “Both Tom Langmyer and my eventual boss Dave Stout (owner of WTKM) stressed the need for me to be a broadcaster, not just a sportscaster. It’s an opportunity to break into a format that I wasn’t as familiar with before, while staying true to my roots in sports at the same time. I’m going to learn a lot, not just about radio, but broadcasting in general.”

(Visit Brady’s STAA Talent Page).

Harris to call UNG basketball

Drew Harris(November 13, 2012) After several years of high school play-by-play, Drew Harris is moving up to the collegiate ranks. Harris, an STAA client, is the new play-by-play voice of the University of North Georgia men’s and women’s basketball teams.

UNG, based in Dahlonega, GA, is a member of the Peach Belt Conference.

Harris will continue to do high school football and basketball play-by-play on Newstalk 1350 WRWH.

“It is my first college job. I will be doing these games on top of my usual high school games and the schedules just happen to work out so I will definitely be busy.”

When a local station acquired the rights to broadcast UNG basketball, they put Harris at the top of their list because he had done fill-in play-by-play for the station in the past.

“They liked my basketball play-by-play in the past. They knew I had become an STAA client and thought I was very serious about this profession,” Harris explains.

“They thought it would be a great opportunity for me (for experience) and for them (getting a young, but experienced announcer).”

Harris will also be mentoring UNG sports broadcasting students.

“We will be working with college students in the field of broadcasting at that University, and thought it would be great opportunity for me to help teach and pass along information such as what I learned at [last summer’s STAA sportscasting] seminar.”

(Visit Drew’s STAA Talent Page).

Wilkins to call USMMA hoops

Jacob WilkinsThe USMMA Sports Network, which began broadcasting games this fall, will offer video and audio coverage for all men’s and women’s home basketball games in the 2012-13 season. Jacob Wilkins will be the voice of Merchant Marine basketball, providing play-by-play commentary throughout the season. Wilkins is a very experienced broadcaster, calling games for MSG Varsity along with anchoring updates with Sirius XM Radio.

Wilkins also just finished the season anchoring highlights with MLB.com and will begin anchoring updates with 1010 WINS in New York this year. He previously spent the summers of 2010 and 2011 broadcasting games with the Hudson Valley Renegades, the Tampa Rays single-A affiliate in the New York Penn League. Wilkins has also done freelance work with CBS Sports, the YES Network, Army Athletics, Lincoln University, and Long Island University.

Wilkins graduated from Penn State University in May 2010 with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism. During his time in State College he was involved with Comradio, the Centre County Report, and the Big Ten Network. The Pennsylvania Associated Press Broadcaster’s Association recognized Wilkins in 2010 as he earned first place for “Sports Play-by-Play”. He also volunteered with Ed Randall’s “Bat For the Cure” Foundation, raising money for Prostate Cancer research.

The inaugural basketball video broadcast will feature the USMMA women’s basketball team hosting Berkeley College (NY) November 17 inside O’Hara Hall.

(Visit Jacob’s STAA Talent Page).

Messersmith joins San Antonio show

Eric Messersmith(November 9, 2012) When Eric Messersmith joined 1250 ESPN in San Antonio in June, he started out as a reporter, producer, fill-in talk host, and an update anchor. Now, following a promotion, Messersmith will be hosting a show every day.

Messersmith is reuniting with Ari Temkin, with whom he worked several years ago at KRES/KWIX/KIRK in Moberly, MO. The duo will be hosting “The Hardline with Ari Temkin and Eric Messersmith.”

“I am so excited to be hosting a daily sports show. When I filled in on the show in recent months I really enjoyed the rush of being on and talking about all the different issues of the day. It is incredibly challenging and rewarding,” Messersmith says.

“I also like that we get to take the show on the road from time to time. This summer we went to Cowboy camp in California and Texans camp in Houston. In December we will be broadcasting from Philly for the Army-Navy game and next year we are going to broadcast from New Orleans the week of the Super Bowl.”

Messersmith was at KRES/KWIX/KIRK for four years when Temkin hired him at 1250 ESPN.

“Ari had been co-hosting a show in Austin for the same company that owns the station here in San Antonio (Border Media). Earlier this year he was hired as assistant program director for 1250 ESPN. In June he brought me on board.”

The new show started on Monday, November 5th. It airs from 2 to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can listen online at espnsa.com.

(Visit Eric’s STAA Talent Page).

Jennings to fill-in on GSU hoops

STAA client Brian Jennings will be filling-in on one, possibly two, upcoming Georgia Southern University men’s basketball radio play-by-play broadcasts. This is Brian’s first person account of how he created the opportunity for himself.

This time of the year, many play-by-play announcers have busy schedules with end-of-season football games and early season basketball games, so this is a great time to be a freelance announcer.

I went through the area colleges/universities early season hoops schedules and saw where a few were playing schools from other parts of the country. I went and looked at the out-of-towners’ schedules and saw where the schools had both football and basketball broadcast the same weekend. I contacted Chris Blair, the Director of Broadcasting at Georgia Southern, and sent the link to my STAA Talent Page, explaining my interest in filling in for him if needed. Well, low and behold he was just getting ready to contact Jon Chelesnik at STAA about helping him find someone to do the games in the Chicago area where I am from.

The timing was perfect. Counter that with the fact that I have my own equipment and it was really a simple and easy agreement to come to. I appreciate STAA for their services and consulting. This is like having an agent work for you.

(Visit Brian’s STAA Talent Page).

Tregnago to call Mizzou women’s hoops

Brad TregnagoBrad Tregnago is getting the chance to broadcast for his alma mater. An STAA client, Tregnago is the new radio voice of University of Missouri women’s basketball.

“I grew up about 30 miles north of Columbia, and have rooted for the Tigers my entire life. I’m also an alum of Mizzou’s School of Journalism. The chance to travel the country, broadcasting for my alma mater, is truly a dream. I still can’t believe it’s going to happen,” Tregnago says.

The chance to interview for his dream job came to Tregnago courtesy of his STAA Talent Page.

“This opportunity would not have been possible without my STAA Talent Page. When the job opened up, Tom Boman at Learfield used it to advise the people at Zimmer (Zimmer Radio Group) of potential candidates,” Tregnago explains.

“I was contacted for an interview with ZRG in July, started work a few weeks later, and was approved by MU for the play-by-play part soon after that. But, again, I’m not sure the folks in Columbia would have even known I existed without STAA.”

“We are looking forward to having Brad join our basketball family,” head coach Robin Pingeton said. “He brings very solid experience, great passion and a strong work ethic. We think he will be a great addition to our program.”

In addition to being a Missouri graduate, Tregnago also worked as the public address announcer for Missouri’s softball program. Before graduating from the University of Missouri, Tregnago worked as an intern, helping with the production of Mizzou’s football and basketball broadcasts and also worked to produce the coaches’ talk shows.

Before joining the Zimmer Radio and Marketing Group, Tregnago served as assistant program director, sports director and webmaster for KRES Radio in Moberly, Mo. With KRES, Tregnago accumulated over 10 years of experience performing and coordinating play-by-play broadcasts for college and high school athletics including football, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, wrestling and track & field. Not only did he produce in-game content, but Tregnago had his hands in the production of weekly sports talk shows and news reports as well.

Tregnago’s efforts as a play-by-play announcer have not gone unrecognized as he is a recent recipient of the Missouri Broadcasters Association Award. Tregnago received the award in June of 2012, just before his move to the Zimmer Radio and Marketing Group

With the move to Columbia, Tregnago has become the News Director for Zimmer’s Columbia radio stations. Tregnago can be heard anchoring the morning newscasts on four stations, and assisting the morning show on Eagle 93.9.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity given to me by Mizzou, Mizzou Sports Properties and Zimmer Radio and Marketing Group,” Tregnago said. As an MU grad, this really is a dream come true.”

Tregnago was selected to work with the Women’s Basketball program through an interview and audition process which was overseen by Zimmer Radio and Marketing Group and Mizzou Sports Properties, in conjunction with the Mizzou Department of Athletics. Mizzou Sports Properties (MSP), a property of Learfield Sports, is the multi-media rights partner for Mizzou Athletics.

(Visit Brad’s STAA Talent Page).

Peterlin new OM at KGSO Wichita

Jonathan Peterlin(November 1, 2012) Jonathan Peterlin kept a sharp eye on movement within the sportscasting industry and made sure a potential employer knew his name before an opening was announced. The initiative paid off in a new job. An STAA client, Peterlin has accepted the position of Operations Manager & Sports Talk Host/Play-by-Play/News at KGSO in Wichita, KS.

Peterlin is replacing fellow STAA client, Jay Sanderson, who left last month for a play-by-play job at New Mexico State University.

“It’s a good opportunity because this will get me a lot of desired reps hosting daily,” says Peterlin. “The opportunity to hone my skills on a daily basis will be instrumental toward my future success in this business. It doesn’t hurt that this also puts me closer to my family (near Chicago).”

The job was posted as a stealth position on the STAA website, but the name of employer and the position description were emailed to STAA Premier members. However, before that email was distributed, Peterlin had already taken action. After seeing a note of Sanderson’s departure on the STAA Hot Sheet — a list of sportscasters who are leaving jobs across the country — Peterlin made first contact with KGSO.

“Sending the link to my STAA Talent Page made the whole process extremely simplistic. They were able to call me and tell me they loved my sports stuff, and from there all they needed was recent news work I’ve done since there’s a news component to the job. I had one file to send in addition to my STAA Talent Page Link. You can’t ask for anything easier.”

Peterlin leaves New Media Broadcasters in Havre, MT, where he has been a news anchor since July. He has co-hosted sports talk shows on KSLG in St. Louis and WJOL in Joliet, IL. Peterlin is a graduate of Lindenwood University.

The future is looking bright and Peterlin is grateful.

“I know this opportunity would not have been possible if not for STAA, and so I wanted to say thank you for all that you’ve done to help me. I couldn’t be more excited to start this new adventure!”

(Visit Jonathan’s STAA Talent Page).