Perlman-Price snags AAA baseball job

Perlman-Price(December 31, 2013) Your follow through is as important to your job search as it is to your baseball swing. Mark Perlman-Price, an STAA client, used solid follow through to land a new position. Perlman-Price is the new Broadcast Intern for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

The IronPigs are the Triple-A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.

“This gets my foot in the door in affiliated baseball – and at a much higher level than I thought I would be able to attain. Working a full AAA season for the first time will be a tremendous learning experience and the amount of new contacts I make in the process will be invaluable,” Perlman-Price says.

Perlman-Price has been building his baseball experience for the last three summers as the broadcaster for the New Bedford Bay Sox of the NECBL. He also broadcasts high school football and basketball play-by-play in the Massachusetts area.

The opportunity with the IronPigs arrived in Perlman-Price’s inbox via the PBEO website.

“I applied for the job via email and followed up a week or so after by phone. After a bit of phone tag, I talked to the IronPigs’ broadcaster Matt Provence and set up a Skype interview, which we had a couple days later.”

Perlman-Price attributes much of his success to overhauling his job market strategy with STAA’s guidance.

“I am so excited and amazed I could land a position at the AAA level and I give an immense amount of credit to [STAA] for helping me revamp my website and take a new approach on how to apply to jobs. Matt Provence specified in the interview that it was my follow-up call that really put me on his radar as someone worth interviewing,” Perlman-Price says.

“I joined STAA for the advanced job leads and to try and land more interviews. This year I had three interviews already (and still had several applications out) and already was offered a position. I owe so much of this success to STAA.”

With 2014 on the horizon, Perlman-Price is eager to get started in Pennsylvania.

“I’m especially looking forward to working with the IronPigs because they’ve been recognized as one of the premier organizations in minor league baseball and have a large and loyal fan base that will add a lot of excitement to coming to work at the ballpark.”

(Visit Mark’s website.)

New state, new opportunity for Smith

“Josh(December 24, 2013) Josh Smith is excited for the opportunity his new sportscasting job provides him to live in a new state. An STAA client, Smith is joining KCHI AM/FM in Chillicothe, MO as a morning announcer and play-by-play broadcaster.

A native of Arkansas, Smith is eager for both the career opportunity, and the chance to forge a new path in his life. “Now it’s getting used to being on my own and not having friends and family around,” he says. He quick adds with a smile, “The toughest part is out of the way — getting my first full-time gig.”

Smith has spent the past year as a weekend sports reporter at The Point 94.1 KKPT in Little Rock, AR. He also worked at 103.7 The Buzz in Little Rock while earning his degree from the University of Arkansas. He graduated this past spring.

“I am on air-talent, which is exactly what I wanted,” says Smith. “And I get to showcase, and improve, my play-by-play and color commentary skills. Just being in a full-time environment teaches anyone to grow up in a hurry and learn things you may not have known before, like working with and for people who have been in the business for as long as I’ve been alive.”

KCHI station owner Dan Leatherman has hired STAA clients in the past, so when this opportunity opened, he reached out to STAA once again. Smith learned of the job through an STAA email. “I continued to strive and apply for jobs throughout the summer after graduating in May, and finally the big break came.”

Smith suggests that other sportscasting job seekers solicit advice from others. “Listen and learn,” he says. “And pay attention to people like [the late Jim Valvano], ‘Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!’ I know it may seem like a long long road while waiting to get the big break, but continue to fight.

“[KCHI] a great opportunity for me to get my career started and the fact that I get to start a state away from home is an added bonus. Thank you [STAA] for everything. I will continue to be with STAA and spread the word about it.”

Broskowski snags two baseball play-by-play gigs

“Michael(December 23, 2013) This holiday season, STAA client Michael Broskowski is thankful for the gift of employment. Broskowski has been hired for two broadcasting positions. First, as the Media Relations Intern for the California Winter League and as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Burlington Bees.

“Two months ago I was hoping to at the very least have one opportunity lined up for the future, to have two lined up is very exciting.”

A 2013 graduate of Western Illinois University, Broskowski was ranked on the 2013 STAA All-America list. Broskowski is looking forward to heading to a sunny climate in a few weeks.

“The California Winter League gives me an opportunity to add more media relations experience to my resume as well as broadcasting baseball in the winter months in a beautiful location,” Broskowski says.

“Burlington is a great opportunity because I will be able to run all aspects of a media relations department as well as a broadcasting department for a professional baseball organization.”

Broskowski uncovered the CWL opening via the league’s website. Discovering the Burlington opportunity required reaching out to his network.

“With Burlington, it all came down to networking and connections. I interned with the Cedar Rapids Kernels of the Midwest League and through front office members that I am still in contact with I found out about the opening with the Bees and was recommended to Burlington by the Kernels front office, which was a big in getting me a chance to interview for the job.”

Broskowski’s practical advice to those in the job market is to look for the unadvertised openings.

“My advice for other job seekers would be to network. There are more jobs open out there than just the ones that are advertised. Ask around to those you know about what openings they may know of.”

Barnett stays in Rangers chain, onto Myrtle Beach

“Nathan(December 17, 2013) There is a difference between networking and networking genuinely. Nathan Barnett appreciates the difference, and that understanding has led him to his next sportscasting job. An STAA client, Barnett is the new Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans.

The Pelicans are the Class-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. Ironically, Barnett joins Myrtle Beach from the Ranger Double-A affiliate, the Frisco Roughriders, where he spent last season as a broadcasting and media assistant.

“Becoming a lead broadcaster for an affiliated minor league team has been my goal since I graduated college in 2011, so I am thrilled at the opportunity,” Barnett smiles. “To be going to an organization like the Pelicans makes reaching that goal that much sweeter; I am extremely grateful and excited to work for a team in the Greenberg Sports Group and with the ambitious and hard-working staff in place in Myrtle Beach.

Pelicans Senior Director of Community Development Jen Borowski was in charge of the hiring process. When the position opened, it was suggested by another team that she contact STAA for assistance. STAA, in turn, sent the job lead exclusively to its clients. Barnett, though, was already ahead of the game through his own networking.

“I heard from another broadcaster that the Pelicans previous broadcaster might not be going back for the 2014 season,” says Barnett. “Around the same time, I attended an event where Chuck Greenberg was a featured speaker. I spoke with him and the GM of their sister team, the State College Spikes, independently during the same week, but prior to, the job opening publicly. By the time the job was sent out by STAA, I already had my name in the proverbial hat through a couple of different people.”

Barnett suggests that being a tenacious, yet genuine networker is key in the sportscasting job market. “Networking is extremely time-consuming when done right,” he says. “Always be looking to meet the next person and do everything you can to make yourself memorable (in positive ways of course). You have to work hard at it yet truly enjoying doing it or people will see through your efforts as fake. If you can’t enjoy talking to and getting to know new people, you are going to have a hard time continuing to find work. Help others. When you treat people right, they will want to turn around and help you whenever they can in the future.”

Another suggestion from Barnett, specifically for minor league baseball broadcasting job seekers, is to diversify their skill set. “Learn how to do anything and everything so that, no matter the opening, you are ready for what the next job will ask of you. That includes sales. Sell, sell, sell! You will make yourself extremely valuable to any team, and you will learn how to sell yourself.”

Rawlings moving to sports, joins Louisville TV station

“Tony(December 17, 2013) After spending the past two years in TV news, Tony Rawlings was hoping his next broadcasting job would be in sports. Mission accomplished. An STAA client, Rawlings is joining CN2 Sports in Louisville as a multi-media journalist.

CN2 is Channel 2 in Time Warner Cable’s Louisville, Northern Kentucky, Lexington, Evansville and Bowling Green markets. It’s a perfect fit for Rawlings, whose been living in Lexington.

A 2010 graduate of Ohio University, Rawlings gained considerable sportscasting experience on both the campus TV and radio stations. He accepted his first job at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he spent 16 months as a bureau reporter. However his heart was in sports.

After joining STAA in May, Rawlings immediately asked for suggestions on the portfolio package he was sending to employers. “I’m glad to say that the advice [STAA] gave me about my resume, demo reel and cover letter helped me land the job,” Rawlings says with a smile.

Kempf new Wingnuts baseball voice

Wingnuts(December 13, 2013) The sports broadcasting industry frequently pays dividends to the proactive person who works with an eye for the future. STAA client Jason Kempf is one such individual. Kempf is joining the Wichita Wingnuts as Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations. The Wingnuts play in the independent American Association.

“This is a great opportunity for me because I will have a chance to call all 100 games for a well-respected organization in the American Association,” Kempf says.

Kempf moves to Wichita from the St. Paul Saints, where he spent last season as a Broadcasting and Media Relations Assistant. He is a 2012 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.

The Wingnuts were AA Central Division Champions each of the past two seasons. In 2010 they were named the American Association’s Organization of the Year.

STAA sent the job opening to clients in early October, after learning of the possibility of an opening and contacting the team for deails. At roughly the same time, Kempf became aware of the job when he contacted the Wingnuts’ former broadcaster, whom he had met in 2013 while interning for the St. Paul Saints. “I had some very positive interaction with him during the season, so after it concluded, I asked him if he would mind listening to some of my material. He told me he liked what he heard, would not be returning in 2014, and would give the team a recommendation for me. From there things moved pretty quickly and fortunately I was chosen for the job.”

Kempf credits spending last season with the Saints as being crucial in providing the necessary experience and networking opportunities to move up.

“[Saints Director of Broadcasting] Sean Aronson was a consummate professional and went out of his way to help me gain the necessary experience to succeed in the business. I was able to learn rules and regulations specific to independent baseball and most importantly interact with the broadcasters of other teams that travelled to St. Paul to call games. Had I not been where I was last season this opportunity would not have been possible.”

Kempf reminds his peers to utilize available resources like STAA, and to conquer any timidity when connecting with other broadcasters.

“Keep your eyes and ears open at all times and reach out to other people in jobs that interest you. STAA is a great asset to find out when and where broadcasting jobs are opening up around the county. I check the website at least three times a day to make sure I don’t miss anything.

“Get to know others in the industry and never be afraid to ask them for advice or to listen to your demo. Had I not reached out to other broadcasters in the league, I never would have gotten the inside track to the Wichita gig.”

Hofstra grad Mayer gets show on 970 ESPN in Michigan

“Ryan(December 11, 2013) At Hofstra University, Ryan Mayer was mentored by one of the most well respected sports broadcasting teachers in the country. Mayer has parlayed the experience into a a job as Sports/News Director at 970 AM ESPN in Marquette, MI.

Among other things, Mayer will cohost a daily afternoon sports talk show, a high school football and basketball show, a pre-game show and a Saturday morning coaches show. “I’m going to be able to hone my skills as a talk show host while also being responsible for the programming of the station and the overall direction of the show moving forward,” says Mayer.

A 2013 graduate of Hofstra University, Mayer’s mentors include Hofstra professor and retired sportscaster Ed Ingles. While in school, Mayer gained considerable broadcasting experience on the campus radio station. Since the start of this year, he has been working as a sports voice over talent in New York.

In Marquette, Mayer will be replacing former STAA client Casey Ford. Station General Manager Tom Mogush used STAA when hiring Ford six years ago. When Ford left to pursue a career outside the sports broacasting industry, Mogush contacted STAA again.

“After we emailed the position description to our clients, Tom asked me about a handful of the people who had applied,” says STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik. “Ryan stood out on that list as being a great fit for what Tom was looking for.”

“The link to my STAA talent page was really what exhibited to Tom what I am able to do as a sportscaster and the kind of product that I put out,” says Mayer.

“I’m especially looking forward to expanding and reaching new heights with 970 AM ESPN. There’s a lot of opportunity to do new things that haven’t been done before here and that to me is exciting.

“Thank you [to STAA] for all of your help during the course of the job hunting process!”

Franck eager to start career at Fox 21 in Duluth

“Nick(December 10, 2013) Nick Franck has already picked up his first gift of the holiday season: a new sports broadcasting job. An STAA client, Franck is joining KQDS Fox 21 in Duluth, MN as a sports reporter / weekend sports anchor.

“This is an amazing opportunity for me to start my career in a great market with a chance to gain valuable experience in an area that covers a wide range of sports,” says Franck.

“It was because of STAA that I found out and got the job, so thank you!”

STAA emailed the job lead to clients on November 20th. Once Franck applied, the process moved quickly. “I got the initial call from the sports director on Monday. Got a call from the news director on Tuesday. Hired on Thursday,” he says.

A 2013 graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Arizona State University, Franck brings impressive media credentials to the table. Earlier this year, he placed third in the national Hearst Award competition for radio news reporting. He also gained considerable anchoring and reporting experience on ASU’s campus TV station. Now, Franck is excited to apply what he’s learned in the professional world. “It’s what I’ve wanted to do my whole life and now I have a chance to start.

“Thank you [STAA] for your awesome website! It helped my get a job.”

(Visit Nick’s STAA Talent Page).

Changes lead Finkel to West Ohio Sports Network

Finkel-Matt(December 6, 2013) Small changes paid big dividends for Matt Finkel in the sports broadcasting job market. An STAA client, Finkel is joining West Ohio Sports Network (WTLW/WOSN) in Lima, OH, as a sports anchor/reporter.

The position offers Finkel an opportunity to do a little bit of everything. “The job description calls for anchoring, live reporting, shooting, editing and play-by-play, which is exactly what I was looking for. I’m eager to gain experience in a number of different areas and this position gives me the opportunity to do just that.”

Finkel learned of the opportunity through an STAA job sheet. “When I read the job description, I applied right away and three days later I received a phone call from the Sports Director Andy Lynch. The process happened very quickly and it is a tremendous advantage to have the openings emailed to you directly.”

Finkel also benefited from some job market suggestions from STAA. “Organizing all of my demo materials on a professional-looking personal website made a big difference,” says Finkel. “Before I was sending multiple links to YouTube videos.

“I also revised my cover letter, making it less wordy and focusing on the skills that best suited the position I was applying for. I had previously always personalized the cover letter but I started taking a little extra time to think about what specific skills and experience I should highlight to prove that I am worthy candidate.”

A 2011 graduate of Syracuse University, Finkel has been a Broadcast Associate at MLB Network since 2011. He has also been doing freelance play-by-play this year for various college and high school sports throughout the Northeast.

“Thank you so much [STAA] for your help over the last couple of months,” says Finkel. “Our conversations and your advice were so helpful and I don’t think I would have been offered the job without making the adjustments that we spoke about.

“I am looking forward to working at a 24-hour sports network. WTLW/WOSN covers over 70 high schools and small colleges, so I will be busy. Each day will be different – I’m going to learn a lot and gain valuable experience.”

(Visit Matt’s personal website).

Dexter joins CBS Sports Radio Network

“Kevin(December 4, 2013) Like many young sportscasters, Kevin Dexter spent Thanksgiving Day pulling an on air holiday shift. It also happened to be his first shift at a new job. An STAA client, Dexter has been hired as a Sports Update Anchor at the CBS Sports Radio Network.

“I not only get to be on the air in New York City, but have the added bonus of national exposure,” says Dexter. “I’m very lucky to have an opportunity like this so early in my career, and I’m looking forward to excelling to the best of my abilities.”

A 2013 STAA All-American as one of the nation’s top collegiate sportscasters, Dexter graduated from Hofstra University in May, focusing all his efforts on achieving a challenging career goal.

“Getting out of school I had the approach that, I’m from New York, I want to be in New York, and even though it may be very difficult, I want to give it my full effort to make it in New York.”

After graduation, Dexter went after as much experience as he could find. He began calling play-by-play for three Long Island colleges (Molloy College, Adelphi University and LIU Post), did NHL Highlight Voiceovers at NeuLion Inc., and producing sports as a freelancer at News 12 Long Island.

“My goal was to get an update job somewhere in NYC to help jump-start my career further,” Dexter says.

The opportunity to get that update job came arrived through networking.

“Through my relationship with Ed Ingles at Hofstra, I got hired to help teach the sportscasting summer camps he runs for teens,” Dexter explains.

“This summer Ed brought in a gentleman named Peter Silverman to help out. Pete used to be the Senior EP at ESPN Radio in NYC, as well as an executive at a number of other places. He watched and listened to some of my demos, and was impressed, and said he would make a few phone calls for me, one of them being to Eric Spitz, the Program Director at CBS Sports Radio. I got in touch with Eric in August, and he responded saying they had no current openings, but to keep in touch.”

In September, Dexter received an STAA job leads email listing a part-time opening at the CBS Sports Radio Network. He mailed an application package, but kept his expectations realistic.

“I also filled out the application online, and to be honest I didn’t expect to hear anything back. I figured there would be hundreds, if not thousands of people applying, and I’d be lucky if they even listened to my demo. Luckily for me, they listened to and liked my demo, and Eric remembered me from Pete’s phone call.”

Dexter was called in for an interview and training. After several weeks, he was given the good news.

“Starting in mid-October I went in once or twice a week to record demos and learn about the format. I would get critiqued every time, and continue to come back and record again. After last week’s round of demos they said I was good to go, and officially hired me.”

Part of the thrill in Dexter’s first shift on Thanksgiving was I sharing the experience with his supportive family.

“My immediate family was here on Long Island huddled around their radio listening every 20 minutes, and my extended family was doing the same in Green Bay, Wisconsin. It made it even more special for me knowing that all of my loved ones were listening and supporting me on my first day.”