(October 31, 2014) When one sportscaster makes a career move it often triggers a domino effect, opening a new opportunity for another broadcaster. The dominos have fallen in favor of Jason Galvin, the new Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter at KGET 17 in Bakersfield, CA.
“KGET is the No. 1 station in the market, and Bakersfield is so close to so many bigger markets, it really has paid dividends over and over again for reporters looking to use the Golden Empire to ignite their career,” smiles Galvin.
“Bakersfield has three minor league sports teams and great high school and college athletics, and the position comes with some news as well, which will only make me a stronger storyteller.”
It is thanks to keeping an eye on movement within the industry that Galvin is now in Bakersfield.
“STAA posted that Mark Haas was leaving KGET for a job in Denver. Through my work in NASCAR, I had met Mark at a race in Kern County last year. We talked a few times after, and when I saw his name, I knew it was a job I was interested in.”
Galvin was quick to reach out to KGET’s news director to express interest in Haas’ position. KGET chose one of their own, Lina Washington, to take over as sports director. That opened up the weekend position, for which Galvin reiterated his interest. From there, things moved quickly.
“Within a week I was interviewing and a week later I had the job. It was a whirlwind experience.”
Galvin’s sportscasting career began in radio in his hometown of Santa Clarita, CA, not too far from his new gig at KGET. Galvin joined KHTS 1220-AM a few months after graduating from high school, working at various broadcasting jobs throughout college. The opportunity to try the television side of broadcasting came while he was a student at Arizona State.
Galvin is grateful to begin his post-college career in familiar territory.
“I feel very blessed and privileged to know that at the drop of a dime, I could be home visiting family and friends. I’m a coastal guy, always have been, and being able to stay in California is amazing.”
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