(January 12, 2018) When the Burlington Bees decided to eliminate radio after last season, Michael Broskowski feared his minor league baseball play-by-play career might be over.
An STAA member since 2011, Broskowski has landed on his feet with the Orem Owlz. The Owlz are the rookie affiliate of the Los Angeles Angles. Ironically, Burlington is also an LA farm team.
In addition to broadcasting, Broskowski will assist the Owlz with social media and media relations. He found the opportunity in an exclusive STAA job leads email in November. “I knew a lot about Orem from having worked for Burlington, the Angels Low-A team, the last four seasons.”
Learning that Burlington was eliminating radio took Broskowski by surprise. “Working somewhere full-time for four years then having your job eliminated was an awful feeling,” he says. “It was tough for a while thinking that maybe my minor league broadcasting career was over.
“It was the first time I ever lost a job, and even though it was nothing I did that caused me to lose the job it doesn’t make it hurt any less. It was very overwhelming to be in the job market again while being unemployed.”
An important thing Broskowski did in pursuing the Orem job was to enlist the help of friends. “I reached out to people I knew. One of the best things about working in professional baseball going on five years now is the connections you make and there are some really great people in this business.”
Broskowski says job leads are one of the two biggest advantages to his STAA membership. “The job leads are huge because they come out right away and the emails with different career advice really help you get a feel for certain things as a broadcaster.
“I’m really excited to be in Orem and work a great front office and fantastic organization in a league I have heard nothing but amazing things about.”
(Visit Michael’s STAA Talent Page).