Job applications rarely move faster than this one. Christian Katt is joining Chisholm Trail Broadcasting in Enid, OK less than 24 hours after applying.
He learned of the Sports Director/Country Music Morning Show Host opportunity through STAA.
“When [the position description] said ‘hiring immediately,’ I told them I could be there in 12 hours (the length of the car ride),” Katt grins.
“They had hired a guy for the job and he left after two days,” Katt continues. “The guy I am replacing was leaving in four days, so they had no choice but to hire someone that day. [The hiring manager] said my resume and Sirius XM reference stood out.”
Katt interned last year with Mad Dog Sports Radio on Sirius XM. He is a 2020 graduate of Penn State University. In fact, Katt is the second consecutive STAA member from Penn State’s Class of 2020 to land a sportscasting job. Brian McLaughlin was recently hired to broadcast NCAA DI men’s basketball at the University of Vermont.
Four STAA members have now been hired by Chisholm Trail Broadcasting to work at their Enid location. Katt follows John Herrick in 2011, Chris Morales in 2015 and Zachary Bryan last year. (Bryan was relocated to Enid after initially being hired to work for Chisholm Trail Broadcasting in Weatherford, OK).
Katt’s new job combines his loves of sports broadcasting and country music. “I get to broadcast more than 100 games a year and perfect my craft,” he says excitedly. “I also get to DJ and voice track for country radio — something I’ve never gotten to do.”
Since graduating, Katt has been tenacious in his pursuit of a broadcasting position. “I woke up every weekday as if my full time job was getting a full-time job,” he recalls. “It gets pretty depressing not hearing from potential employers, but I didn’t give up. It reminds me of fishing. All it takes is one catfish to make 12 hours on the riverbank worth it.
“A little bit of hard work, a little bit of luck, and a TON of emails sent in the last several months, and I was bound to land somewhere full-time.”