Tip from a friend leads Broskowski to Clinton LumberKings

(January 21, 2020) Three years after losing his job when his team discontinued radio, Michael Broskowski is back in Minor League Baseball’s Midwest League. An STAA member, Broskowski has joined the Clinton LumberKings as Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations.

Broskowski spent the past two seasons with the short-season Orem Owlz. Prior to that, he was with the Midwest League’s Burlington Bees for four years before they eliminated radio in 2017.

In Clinton, Broskowski follows fellow STAA member and good friend Erik Oas. The pair worked together seven years ago in the California Winter League. When Oas decided he was leaving baseball after last season, Broskowski was among the first people he told. “He knew I was looking to get back into full-season ball and back into the Midwest League,” says Broskowski.

Losing his job in Burlington was admittedly a big challenge for Broskowski. “It made me question if this was what I really wanted to do for a living, and being back into the job market after four years of being full time was extremely frustrating,” he recalls. “Working for Orem rejuvenated me in terms of my drive to continue this career. I had some of the most fun I’ve ever had in baseball working in Orem. The experience in Orem helped me a lot and made me realize this is what I want to keep doing.”

Broskowski’s love for baseball broadcasting stems from listening to games as a kid. “I was raised in the Milwaukee area and I always remembered listening to Brewers games. And then when I got a little older I had season tickets to a minor league baseball team and would always try and talk to the broadcasters and pick their brains,” he says. “My father also worked in radio as a DJ at a polka radio station so I just combined my love for radio with my love for baseball.”

The LumberKings are a Miami Marlins affiliate. This summer will be the first since 2013 that Broskowski has worked outside the Los Angeles Angels organization. He is ready for the challenge. “Working for Angels’ affiliates for the last six years, you knew every player in the system and their background and what they have done in previous seasons. In a new system, it’s a lot of learning and research and learning how an organization operates.”

One constant throughout most of Broskowski’s 10-year baseball broadcasting career is his STAA membership. “One of the big things I like about STAA is the [weekly] advice emails,” he says. “There is always something in there that I find useful, whether it’s in regards to on-air work or applying for jobs or putting together demo tapes. I always learn something new.

“I would tell someone who just joined STAA that Jon Chelesnik does a great job in not just notifying his clients of a job opening but of also helping your career when it comes to giving advice and getting an edge on the job market.”

(Visit Michael’s website).

Gold returns to Kansas City to talk sports in his hometown

(January 10, 2020) Alex Gold is now a sports talk host for the station at which he once interned. An STAA member, Gold has joined 610 Sports in Kansas City as mid-day co-host alongside Cody Tapp.

Gold is from nearby Overland Park and is a 2013 graduate of the University of Kansas.

It was during his junior year at KU that Gold joined 610 Sports as an intern. Over the next 20 months, he worked his way up to board-op, producer, update anchor and fill-in host.

After graduating college, Gold moved to Wichita for a sports talk/sales position. Just over one year later, it was onto Afternoon Drive at 580 WIBW in the Kansas capitol city of Topeka. During that time, Gold also reported on the Royals, Chiefs, KU Jayhawks and the Kansas State Wildcats.

In 2016, ESPN Boise chose Gold to co-host Afternoon Drive and host the Boise State football postgame show. When the station flipped formats in 2018, Gold was onto SB Nation Radio Network in Houston. “The Gold Standard” aired weeknights on affiliates in markets including Houston, Dallas, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Oklahoma City and, ironically, Kansas City.

Gold has been an STAA member since 2011.

(Visit Alex’s STAA Talent Page).

Philosophical approach leads recent grad Tabb to PM Drive in Lincoln, NE

(January 6, 2020) Minoring in philosophy and listening to sports talk hosts with whom he disagrees have helped lead Ryan Tabb to his own sports talk opportunity. An STAA member, Tabb is joining 97.3 The Ticket in Lincoln, NE as Afternoon Drive co-host.

Tabb graduated from Syracuse University last spring. It was there he learned about STAA from his classmates, several of who are members. Tabb joined STAA in June and found The Ticket opportunity through STAA.

It’s rare for a college grad to land a daily sports talk show. Tabb believes his ability to be unique gave him an edge over most recent college grads. “In a field where everybody is a little crazy about sports, nobody has an edge by just being passionate, he says. “For me, having minored in philosophy and expressing that I think sports are a great medium for practicing that kind of thinking probably helped set me apart.”

While at Syracuse, Tabb served as sports director for the campus radio station and produced and hosted a sports talk show. One factor in his growth as a host is listening to hosts with whom he disagrees.

“Listening to someone you agree with is nice for a few minutes, but pretty soon it gets dry and boring. It’s like being lectured about something you already understand,” Tabb says. “If I disagree with a host but respect their process in reaching whatever conclusion they’re presenting, it forces me to think outside of the box and consider what I would say if I was on air with them. Listening to people you disagree with is a great way to learn more.”

Persistence and faith in his convictions was key to Tabb landing the job in Lincoln. “When you know what you want to do and you are willing to pack everything up and move at the first opportunity, something will come along,” he says.

Lincoln, NE will be in stark contrast to Tabb’s hometown of Brentwood, CA, but he’s undaunted by the change. “Moving anywhere new is a challenge, but in all honesty I’m just focused on getting behind the microphone and settling in. I’m coming in without expectations.”

Cariel joins ABC12 WJRT in Flint, MI

(January 2, 2020) Sydney Cariel has lived only in warm weather climates. However, a new career opportunity means she’s had to purchase her first winter wardrobe. An STAA member, Cariel is the new sports anchor/reporter at ABC12 WJRT in Flint, MI.

A native of sun-splashed California and a graduate of Arizona State University, Cariel spent the past two years as a sports anchor/reporter at NewsWest 9 KEWS in Odessa, TX.

While winter weather is new to Cariel, the fact that she has family in Michigan is easing her transition. “I do have family around so I don’t feel homesick or anything like that,” she grinned during an interview with fellow WJRT sports staffer Jason Lewis.

Ironically, Lewis is also an ASU grad.

In her new role, Cariel is covering high school and college sports, Flint Firebirds hockey, and the contentious Michigan-Michigan State rivalry.

Cariel joined STAA in June. The Flint opening was emailed to her in early November.

“Sydney is very talented,” says STAA Owner Jon Chelesnik. “She’s bubbly and energetic – a terrific blend of substance and personality.”

In Odessa, Cariel especially enjoyed reporting on Texas high school football. “The community and richness of it all was so authentic,” she says.

At Arizona State, Cariel covered Milwaukee Brewers spring training and won a student Emmy Award for sports reporting. She interned at NBC Sports Bay Area for two summers and worked for Cox Media as a high school football sideline reporter.

(Visit Sydney’s website).