Cancer survivor Bishop lands NCAA DII gig


Matt Bishop(November 14, 2014) For STAA client Matt Bishop, the last month has been one of celebration. On the personal side, Bishop was recently declared cancer free after a two-year bout with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. On the professional side, Bishop has accepted an On Air Announcer/Play-by-play position with KROX Radio in Crookston, MN.

The new job includes play-by-play for the University of Minnesota Crookston Golden Eagles (NCAA DII) men’s and women’s basketball, Golden Eagles football in 2015, and Crookston High School sports.

“Once the winter sports season kicks in, I’ll be calling 3-5 games a week, which is right up my alley because of the passion I have for broadcasting. This job also allows me to broadcast in one of the premier DII conferences in the country, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. It will allow me to make great contacts and see high quality basketball.”

Bishop gratefully notes that, even while battling cancer, he was able to keep his sportscasting skills sharp. Last year Bishop served as a courtside reporter and color commentator for select University of Minnesota basketball games and called games for University of Northwestern-St. Paul football and basketball.

“It feels great to be done with that stage of life and on to the next one. God was so good in still providing broadcast opportunities for me throughout my treatment. It helped my skills continue to improve as I was waiting for my treatment to finish up.”

When the KROX opening was announced, Bishop relied on advice from STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik to make sure his application was on point.

“STAA played a key role in me getting this job. From the hot lead email notifying me of the job, to Jon providing resume and cover letter advice, to me having all my materials in one place (my STAA talent page), STAA helped me every step of the way!”

There’s nothing quite like celebrating a clean bill of health by starting the journey down your dream career path.

“It is very satisfying to get this job so soon after being cancer-free. It is a huge answer to prayer and makes all of the hard work worth it!”

(Visit Matt’s STAA Talent Page).