Collins joins KQSK, new voice of Chadron State

Dave Collins(September 2, 2015) When the Chadron State College football team kicks off its season Thursday evening in Rolla, MO., the Eagles will have a new play-by-play announcer.

The new “Voice of the Eagles” is STAA member Dave Collins, who comes to KQSK-FM radio (97.5) in Chadron after spending more than 10 years as the news and sports director at KSID Radio in Sidney.

“I’m honored to be the voice of Chadron State sports,” Collins said. “There are some really great things happening in athletics here, and I’m excited to be a part of ‘Eagle Country.'”

He said college football, college basketball and major league baseball are his favorite sports, in that order.

Collins grew up in Metro Denver and wrote sports for the newspaper and worked on the yearbook staff at the high school he attended. He then majored in journalism and had a minor in history at the University of Colorado in Boulder, graduating in 2004. A few months later, he began working in Sidney.

During his time in Sidney, he did play-by-play for more than 900 athletic contests.

Collins said he will travel with the Chadron State football and basketball teams and call their games both home and away. He also will do play-by-play for select volleyball matches this fall and softball games in the spring, including some that are on the road.

During the football season, Collins also will moderate the Jay Long Show on Monday evenings and have a show with the coaches of the other sports on Tuesday evenings.

All the CSC football games will be aired on KQSK based in Chadron and KAAQ in Alliance.

While selling the advertising since moving to Chadron, he met most of the broadcasts’ sponsors.

Collins replaces John Axtell, who was the Eagles’ play-by-play announcer for 27 years and is now the news director at KCSR Radio, the AM station in Chadron.

(Visit Dave’s STAA Talent Page).

McKamey taking varied skill set to KASL

Jordan McKamey(September 1, 2015) Jordan McKamey is a radio jack-of-all-trades. He’ll be utilizing his entire repertoire of skills in his new job at AM 1240 KASL in Newcastle, WY.

An STAA member since March, McKamey will be broadcasting play-by-play for Newcastle High School, hosting a morning air shift and helping with production.

“I will also be starting their live video sports streaming this winter,” says McKamey.

While this is McKamey’s first full-time radio job, he already has considerable experience. He performed a variety of on-air roles at Central Wyoming College and has done freelance play-by-play in Wyoming for the past two years. In total, McKamey has more than 1,000 hours of on-air experience – half of it in play-by-play.

“I’m excited that I’ve landed my first full-time job, and the tips and guides on the STAA website helped me in my path to employment, so I am thankful for that,” says McKamey.

“I’m looking forward to my continuing journey in this crazy world of sports broadcasting!”

(Visit Jordan’s STAA Talent Page).

Caray new voice of Stony Brook athletics

Josh Caray(August 31, 2015) Josh Caray has broadcast many NCAA games over the years, but always as a fill-in. Now he has a program to call his own. An STAA member, Caray is the new voice for Stony Brook University football and basketball.

“I am excited and blessed to be called the Voice of the Seawolves,” says Caray. “The one thing that attracted me most to this opportunity is the possibilities that exist for Stony Brook athletics over the next few years. When you think of ‘rising stars’ in terms of college athletics departments, Stony Brook is one.”

Caray’s NCAA play-by-play career includes several fill-in basketball broadcasts for the University of Chattanooga and Presbyterian College. In fact, Caray was on the mic when Presbyterian upset the University of Cincinnati during the 2011-12 season — the Blue Hose’s first win over a ranked team.

In 2011 and 2012, Caray was a studio host for IMG – first on UNLV broadcasts, then for Tulane University. It was one of his IMG contacts that told Caray about the Stony Brook opportunity.

Since January, Caray has been a news anchor at KAVU-TV in Victoria, TX.

“I want to thank Athletics Director Shawn Heilbron and the Athletics Department for their confidence in me. I also look forward to working with the coaches and staff to bring the fans closer to the Seawolves through our football and basketball broadcasts.”

(Visit Josh’s STAA Talent Page).

Reed new voice at Georgia Southern

Danny Reed(August 28, 2015) Five years ago, Danny Reed filled in on a Georgia Southern men’s basketball broadcast. Today, the STAA member is the new “Voice of the Eagles.”

Reed will join long-time Eagles’ Voice Chris Blair during the 2015 football season as a sideline reporter. Additionally, he will handle all play-by-play duties for the upcoming men’s basketball season and join Kris Draper as a member of the Eagles baseball broadcast team in spring 2016. Concurrent with the 2016-17 athletic season, Reed officially will handle all related play-by-play duties for the three sports in addition to the football and men’s basketball radio and television coaches’ shows.

Most recently, Reed served as broadcast/media relations manager for the Bowling Green Hot Rods, handling all play-by-play for all 140 games of the MLB Tampa Bay Rays’ Class-A affiliate. He also spent three seasons as radio play-by-play announcer for The Citadel’s football, men’s basketball and baseball teams. Reed produced each broadcast, hosted weekly radio and television coaches’ shows and maintained the statewide radio network. His prior experience also includes serving as a sports reporter for the Charleston Post & Courier (S.C.) and as public address announcer for the Charleston RiverDogs, the MLB New York Yankees’ Class-A affiliate. Currently, Reed will continue to call select men’s college basketball games on ESPN3 as he has since 2010.

“We’re excited about Danny joining our Eagles’ family,” said Georgia Southern Athletic Director Tom Kleinlein. “Learfield vetted more than 40 viable candidates, and Danny stood out from the pack and proves to be a perfect fit for our program. We’re pleased to have him on board and glad he has the opportunity to work alongside Chris Blair this football season. Chris has been a terrific part of our fabric for nearly a decade, and we wish him all the best as he heads to LSU at the end of season.”

“This is a position I’ve had my eye on for a long time, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to take over and continue what Chris has built for the last 10 years,” Reed said. “I consider him a great friend, and it’s an honor to follow him as the next ‘Voice of the Eagles.’ I’m looking forward to bringing the excitement of Georgia Southern athletics to a passionate and intimate fan base that demands and commands excellence.”

(Visit Danny’s website).

Second thought leads Morales to first job

Chris Morales(August 27, 2015) A position that at first didn’t grab Chris Morales’ attention has turned into the first full-time opportunity of his broadcasting career. An STAA member, the New Jersey native has been hired as News Director/Play-by-Play Broadcaster at Chisholm Trail Broadcasting in Enid, OK.

“Although I will be pretty far away from home, I know that this is a necessary step for my career and where I want to go in my future.”

Morales received the job lead from STAA while he was broadcasting a Cape Code League baseball game. Even though he knew he needed to find full-time work quickly, he initially wasn’t going to apply for the Enid position. “After going back and forth, I ended up sending my resume and cover letter over, and the rest worked out as well as I had hoped. Thank goodness I went back and sent that application in; who knows where I would be now.”

The sports part of the position is what initially piqued Morales’ curiosity, but he is also excited about working in news. “It’s going to help me branch out and meet new people that I wouldn’t normally have met if I were to strictly stay involved with sports,” says Morales. “Being versatile and well rounded in the media market is crucial for excelling in the future, and I intend on being sharp in all aspects of broadcasting through this opportunity.”

Morales was the general manager of the campus radio station at Rutgers University. Since graduating last spring, he has learned that patience, proactivity and professionalism are critical to success in the sportscasting job market. “The image that you portray with your resume and cover letter can make or break an application.

“Above all else, I think being confident in yourself and your brand is perhaps most important. If you can portray excellence and confidence to employers, it automatically gives you a leg up against all other applicants within the market. That’s huge, especially for someone coming straight out of college.”

Morales has been an STAA member since January.

“STAA’s services have been so crucial from day one of my membership,” he says. “The work that Jon, Melodie, and everyone else in between put in for someone else’s success is remarkable. For a young 21 year old like myself straight out of college, approaching the job market can be one of the scariest things to do. The process becomes a lot easier when you know that you have an entire team behind you, backing you up and giving you hints and tips to best go forward into the job market. The advice and tidbits STAA has given to me have been absolutely outstanding, and have worked.”

“This feeling is amazing, and I’m ready to get to work!”

(Visit Chris’s STAA Talent Page).

Determination, creativity lead Lowe to ESPN Williamsport

Curt Lowe(August 26, 2015) A summer spent crisscrossing the country in his car has led to a new job for Curt Lowe. An STAA member since 2010, Lowe has joined ESPN Williamsport and WWGE-AM 1400 in Pennsylvania as a play-by-play broadcaster and account executive.

The job also fulfills a goal of Lowe’s to broadcast NCAA Division I sports. “It allows me to be a Division 1 play-by-play announcer with the opportunity for advancement at the D1 level,” says Lowe. “I’ll start doing St. Francis women’s basketball and softball. The stations also do high school sports D2 and D3 sports as well.”

Lowe’s summer sojourn started in early June when he left his home in Colorado and drove to North Carolina for STAA’s One Day Ticket to Sportscasting Success seminar. After that, he made stops in South Carolina and Florida to see friends and visit employers before heading back to Colorado. Two months and one new car later, it was back East for the job in Williamsport.

One unique thing that Lowe to help land the ESPN position was to call even though the position description clearly stated ‘no calls please.’ “I called because I wanted the job and wasn’t satisfied waiting for them to call me,” Lowe says. “I applied for the job two years ago and got a form letter. I wasn’t going that route again. Especially when sales is MAJOR component of the job, I believe in following-up. Had I not, I wouldn’t have gotten the job. Plus, good sales people don’t get deterred at the first no.”

Lowe’s radio sales experience is extensive, having been an account executive at stations in Colorado, Kansas, Iowa and Florida. Most recently, Lowe sold advertising for Townsquare Media in Grand Junction and broadcast games for Colorado School of Mines.

Another key move by Lowe in his pursuit of the Williamsport position was getting a letter of recommendation from a friend who is on the Board of Trustees at Florida State University. It is all part of Lowe’s sportscasting job market strategy.

“Be creative, be aggressive, make good contacts and like Jimmy V said, ‘Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up’ because the opportunities are out there. Also, don’t be afraid to sell advertising. It’s not rocket science. Many doors will open and you’ll be invaluable if you can generate revenue.”

(Visit Curt’s STAA Talent Page).

Dave Thomas new voice of JMU Dukes

Dave Thomas(August 25, 2015) James Madison University football and basketball will have a new voice this season. STAA member Dave Thomas has been named voice of the Dukes.

“We are looking forward to this expanded relationship with Dave and the energy that he will bring to our radio broadcasts,” JMU Director of Athletics Jeff Bourne said. “He gave our Athletics programs a great presence on local radio in his first year in the valley, and has already forged a strong relationship with many of our coaches and staff. We are excited about working with Dave and our partnership with the Harrisonburg Radio Group under its new ownership with Saga Communications.”

JMU football and men’s basketball will continue to air on WSVA 550 AM and 92.1 FM in the Shenandoah Valley. The stations are part of the newly named Harrisonburg Radio Group after Saga Communications acquired Verstandig Broadcasting over the summer.

“I feel blessed to take the radio play-by-play role at JMU,” Thomas said. “The direction and future is exciting for the Athletics Department and the teams at Madison, and to be able to be a part of that future is thrilling. My goal is to paint the best picture possible for JMU Nation and to connect them to their players and coaches. I want to thank the management and ownership at Harrisonburg Radio Group, along with Mr. Bourne and the entire Athletics Department at James Madison University, for the opportunity and for all the assistance they’ve given me to this point. My wife, Kim, and I are elated to be wearing purple”.

Thomas will occupy the Mike Schikman Broadcast Booth in Bridgeforth Stadium this fall after most recently serving as the broadcast voice at Lenoir-Rhyne College in North Carolina. There he covered football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. Thomas began his broadcasting career as a senior at McDowell High School (N.C.) and has been in the industry for 27 years. He moved to Harrisonburg in 2014 and filled in on several JMU broadcasts last year. He also provided the play-by-play talent for two seasons of cable television coverage of Western Carolina University and served as the backup for an NBA D-League team in Asheville, N.C.

A Marion, N.C., native, Thomas is a 1992 graduate of Isothermal Community College with a concentration in radio broadcasting. He is the brand manager for the Harrisonburg Radio Group of Q101, MORE 96.1 and REWIND 105.1, all FM stations.

Thomas will be joined by Clint Estes for color commentary during home games in Bridgeforth Stadium. Estes is entering his sixth year in the role. Karl Magenhofer will be Thomas’ sidekick for home men’s basketball games. JMU Director of Multimedia Communications Curt Dudley will continue to provide commentary for all road contests for both football and men’s basketball. During home games, Dudley steers JMU’s video streaming production, MadiZONE HD SportsNet presented by the JMU Alumni Association.

In the play-by-play role, Thomas replaces fellow Harrisonburg Radio Group broadcaster Mike Schikman, who spent 29 years as the voice of the Dukes for football and men’s basketball with occasional assistance to women’s basketball. The home radio broadcast booth in Bridgeforth Stadium was named in Schikman’s honor late during the 2014 football season.

JMU women’s basketball will continue to be called by veteran play-by-play voice David Taylor with color commentary from former player Nikki Newman. Broadcasts will be available on ESPN 1360 AM in Harrisonburg.

Kuhns new voice of Dubuque hockey

Jordan Kuhns(August 24, 2015) The Dubuque Fighting Saints have hired Jordan Kuhns as the club’s new Broadcasting and Media Relations Coordinator. Kuhns, 25, will serve as the “Voice of the Fighting Saints” and takes over the microphone from fellow STAA member Zack Fisch, who has accepted a position with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.

“Jordan’s background and experience makes him a great fit for our organization,” said Matt Rau, Vice President of Business Operations. “His passion for the game of hockey is very apparent in everything that he does both on and off the microphone. We are excited to welcome Jordan to the team and the City of Dubuque.”

The Harleysville, PA native brings a vast broadcast background to the Fighting Saints including stints in college and professional hockey. A 2012 graduate of Millersville University, Kuhns launched coverage of the school’s ACHA hockey games in 2009, and provided play-by-play at the school through 2014. In addition to calling hockey games at Millersville, Kuhns also helped pioneer the Marauder Sports Broadcasting Network, lending his voice to the school’s football, field hockey, basketball, baseball and softball broadcasts.

“I am extraordinarily excited to join the Dubuque Fighting Saints,” said Kuhns. “The rich tradition of excellence of which this organization prides itself on is outstanding. I can’t wait to be part of the team. I would like to thank Matt Rau, Zack Fisch, and the rest of the Fighting Saints organization for allowing me to continue the tradition here in Dubuque.”

Kuhns served as a Production Intern with the Reading Royals of the ECHL in 2010-2011, assisting with video and promotions for the club. His time in Reading also allowed him the opportunity to call ECHL games to help gain experience. Kuhns has been a credentialed press member with many professional teams, including the Lehigh Valley Phantoms and Hersey Bears of the AHL, in addition to the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers. His time in professional hockey press boxes has allowed him to refine his play-by-play and writing skills.

Kuhns most recently served as the Director of Broadcasting/Media Relations for the Lexington County (South Carolina) Blowfish Baseball Club in the Coastal Plain Baseball League. With the Blowfish, Kuhns called all 56 games, handled the team’s media relations and social media accounts, and assisted with ticket sales. He also spent time with ESPN Williamsport, covering Misericordia University athletics.

“We are excited to welcome Jordan Kuhns to the Dubuque Fighting Saints,” said Fisch. “I was fortunate to be part of the hiring process, and Jordan was someone that we quickly indentified as a top candidate once we listened to his work. He has a fantastic voice, and I think our fans will really enjoy his call. I’m excited to pass the microphone to him going forward.”

(Visit Jordan’s STAA Talent Page).

Harp takes over Jacksonville’s Sports Radio 930

Seth Harp(August 21, 2015) Seth Harp loves challenges and he has found a big one. An STAA member since 2006, Harp is the new Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host at Sports Radio 930 in Jacksonville, FL.

“Sports Radio 930 was the big player in Jacksonville until budget issues a few years ago,” says Harp. “It’s the chance to resurrect a historically great brand. Being able to essentially program the station and host the afternoon drive show we can constantly gear the station to what’s best for the listener and bottom line.”

Harp has been a Host/PD for the past seven years. From 2009 to 2010 he was at ESPN Radio in Charleston, SC. Since then, he has been at ESPN in Savannah, GA.

Hosting and programming are both full-time jobs. Harp nimbly juggles them both through organization and detail.

“I try to plan out each day by the hour,” Harp says. “From 9-10AM I work on imaging, 10AM-11AM meetings and promotions. 11AM – Noon sales concepts and executable events. I always have my notepad and I am always writing everything down. It’s meticulous but it is the only way to make sure the engine stays running.”

Harp started his radio career in 1994 in Auburn, IN. He has also made stops in Kalamazoo, MI, Lincoln, NE, Huntsville, AL and Mobile, AL. In Jacksonville, he is working in a PPM market for the first time and programming his show accordingly.

“Appointment setting is HUGE,” Harp says. “Of course eliminating tune outs is still paramount but I’ve come up with an acronym. I use the NOW method. NEW ONCOMING WANDERERS – As a host you are not in an auditorium. You are a performer on a subway platform. Listeners are constantly in and out. How do you keep them entertained so they don’t jump on the train? You must always be current and NOW. Playing the hits has never been more important.

“Jacksonville is a phenomenal city. It deserves intelligent, entertaining and relevant sports talk.”

(Visit Seths STAA Talent Page).

Mizelle moving to KLBK-TV in Lubbock

Kailey Mizelle(August 19, 2015) People can make a work place great. It is why Kailey Mizelle is especially excited about her new opportunity. An STAA member, Mizelle is joining KLBK/KAMC TV in Lubbock, TX as a sports reporter.

“After talking to the News Director and Sports Director, it seemed like the perfect opportunity,” says Mizelle. “They are smart and driven and I know they will make me a better reporter. It’s also nice to hear that it’s a comfortable, friendly newsroom where everyone gets along and is happy.”

Much of Mizelle’s professional reporting experience has come in minor league baseball. She has been spending this summer as a reporter/MMJ with the Clearwater Threshers. Two years ago, she was with the East Texas Pump Jacks. Mizelle spent the 2014 season in a non-broadcasting position with the Montgomery Biscuits.

Since last year, the University of Florida graduate has also been working for a video production company.

One job market challenge that Mizelle repeatedly faced was not having as much experience as some employers preferred.

“It’s something that is very frustrating when you’re going through it, but to overcome it you just have to keep pushing, asking for advice, and reaching out to as many people as possible,” she says. “At some point someone aside from you and your parents will believe in you and give you the chance.”

(Visit Kailey’s website).