Gold snags AM Drive show in home state

Alex Gold(September 27, 2013) Yet another STAA client has joined Sports Radio 1410 KGSO in Wichita, KS. Alex Gold has been hired as Morning Drive Sports Talk Host/Account Executive. He is the seventh STAA client to work at KGSO. Only Yahoo! Sports Radio Network has employed as many.

Gold moves to Wichita from Kansas City where he’d been a fill-in host, sports update anchor and producer at 610 Sports KCSP. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas and is thrilled to be staying in the Sunflower state.

“Location for this job is incredible,” says Gold. “I not only get to stay in the Midwest, but also in a state where I have lived my entire life. Besides only being about three hours away from my family, it also allows me to be familiar with the teams I will be discussing. I have been around KU, KSU, WSU my whole life, not to mention the Royals and Chiefs who were everyday topics while I was working at 610.

“I can’t be more thrilled for the opportunity and without STAA I wouldn’t have known the position was even open.”

The KGSO job came about when another STAA client, Chris Allison, left the morning show for a similar gig at ESPN Charlotte. KGSO General Manager Harry Finch immediately checked STAA’s online talent database – the STAA Talent Search – for regional talent. You might say he struck Gold.

While Finch was seeking candidates, Gold was being similarly proactive in pursuing the position.

“I had seen the opening on the STAA Premier client job listings email and immediately was interested,” Gold say. “I texted a friend and fellow STAA client Jimmy Chavez who used to work at KGSO. He told me more about the position. Within a few hours of coming aware of this position I emailed my demo and resume to Harry Finch. In the meantime Jimmy contacted Mr. Finch and put in a good word and told him he needed to talk to me.”

Gold has been an STAA client since 2011. “There is no question I would not have known this position even existed without STAA,” he says. “The job listings throughout my job search have been key to being able to stay ahead of the game and be able to get my stuff out in a timely fashion. While I haven’t been able to make many of STAA’s live chats, I go back all the time and read through the archived chats and always gain valuable advice from [STAA CEO] Jon Chelesnik and other STAA clients.

“STAA also just makes the job submission process easy. I simply point employers to my STAA Talent Page and they have everything right there for them. Thanks so much to Jon and his staff at STAA for giving me an edge in the job hunt process.”

While hosting a show was the biggest draw for Gold, he is also excited to get into sales for the first time. “I will be an account executive in the afternoon for KGSO and having the ability to learn sales and sell for my own show is a great advantage. I can’t wait to get down to Wichita and get started.”

(Visit Alex’s STAA Talent Page).