(June 8, 2011) Nine years after leaving the town where he went to college, John Gaskins is returning. An STAA client, Gaskins is joining Lincoln, Nebraska’s new sports station, 93.7 The Ticket.
The station, locally owned by Home Field Communications, launches August first. Gaskins will be hosting middays, 11 to 3, with Tom Stevens. Gaskins will also serve as Assistant Program Director and will broadcast high school play-by-play.
“I wasn’t sure if I would ever say this but its kind of a dream come true, or at least a desire come true, to work in the general Omaha/Lincoln market,” Gaskins says. “I grew up there, I went to college there [at the University of Nebraska]. I love that town and I have always loved going back there.
“I grew up in Omaha, I had Nebraska season tickets and my uncle played for the Huskers on two national title teams. My parents met at the University of Nebraska.”
In addition to his personal roots, Gaskins also has professional experience in Lincoln, having worked at two different stations in the market between 2000 and 2002, and a third station in 2005. Gaskins also spent two years in television and radio in Medford, OR, followed by three years in radio in Worthington, MN. For the past three years, Gaskins has been a host, producer and play-by-play broadcaster at Sports Radio 1230 KWSN in Sioux Falls, SD.
“Both jobs, plus my most recent, were instrumental in improving my broadcasting skills and my exposure to other sports cultures, particularly college,” Gaskins says. “I experienced covering the Pac-10 in Oregon and the Big 10 in Minnesota. That, plus evolving from student fan to professional reporter, has given me a perspective to where, on my show, I can relate to the die-hard fans, but be objective and tough when I have to about the hometown team.”
Rumors of a new sports station in Lincoln began circulating earlier this year. In early April, STAA CEO Jon Chelesnik called Jim Keck, who Chelesnik heard was part of the venture. After Keck confirmed the rumors, Chelesnik emailed to Keck the link to Gaskins’ STAA Talent Page. At the same time, two of Gaskins former co-workers who are close to Keck were lobbying Keck on Gaskins’ behalf.
“I’m VERY excited to be back in a major college sports market, especially the one I grew up in,” Gaskins grins. “Everything feels like it has come full circle and it’s the right time to go back there.”