(May 15, 2013) The month of May has turned out to be a big one for Nick Gryniewicz. He is graduating from the University of South Florida, he has earned STAA All-America honors as the fourth-ranked collegiate sportscaster in the country, and he has landed a new job. An STAA client, Gryniewicz is joining ESPN 580 in Orlando, FL as a sports update anchor and weekend morning show host.
Gryniewicz chose Orlando over a job opportunity in another state. “I get to stay home near family in Orlando, work in a top-35 market and get that difficult to find first on-air job out of college,” he says. “It is a great opportunity that will allow me to continue to sharpen my skills and get involved in a large market with many opportunities.”
The ESPN 580 opportunity came about when the staff at Cox Media, which owns the station, came across Gryniewicz’s resume. “They contacted me for an interview because they liked what they saw,” he says. “The interview went well and they contacted me to discuss what was available for me.”
While in college at USF, Gryniewicz worked hard to build his sportscasting resume. His experience includes play-by-play for six sports on the campus radio station, Internet broadcaster PlayOn! Sports and summer collegiate and minor league baseball teams. He also co-hosted a weekend sports talk show on a local Orlando radio station.
When asked what advice he would share with other sportscasters who are in the job market, Gryniewicz says one thing. “Network. Talk to anyone and everyone you can because you never know what opportunities are out there. It may seem obvious to say, but just being kind to others you meet goes a long way. Making connections is the best way to be successful, especially in this industry.
“I am very glad to be getting ready to start in a large market right out of college.”
(Visit Nick’s STAA Talent Page).