Patience is a virtue. Comparison is the thief of joy. The sportscasting job market has provided Jake Brown with an understanding of both famous quotes. Patience and perseverance have paid off, though. Brown is the new Operations Manager/On-Air Host/Play-by-Play Broadcaster for Ingstad Media’s two radio stations in Morris, MN.
It’s a great opportunity for someone who graduated from Arizona State University just last month. “I’ll basically be doing everything I’ve wanted to do since I was 12,” Brown states. “I’ll co-host multiple radio shows while doing play-by-play for multiple sports for the University of Minnesota – Morris. I also have the potential to do a lot more with the big sports teams in Minnesota like the Vikings and Twins.”
Brown learned of the opening in an STAA Job Leads+ email. It was far from the first job for which he applied. “One frustration I had was getting a lot of rejection emails. All my other friends who graduated with me were getting jobs while I felt stuck. Just know that a job is going to come. It just may take a longer wait than others.”
Remaining diligent is Brown’s best advice for other job seekers. “STAA sends out job leads all the time. It’s always good to apply to a job you’d like to see yourself doing no matter the market. At some point, an employer will see your skills or potential and want you to join their team.”
Brown is well prepared for his opportunity. At Arizona State he broadcasted play-by-play, hosted shows and was a digital and audio reporter for Cronkite News. He spent last summer as a broadcast intern for the Sioux Falls Canaries baseball club. Brown joined STAA in August on the recommendation of fellow STAA member Tanner Hoops, a member of the broadcast team at the University of Minnesota.
“I joined STAA to connect with other broadcasters and to get the members-only job leads. I also always love joining discussions in the Member Community,” Brown smiles.
Now, Brown is trading Arizona’s heat for Minnesota’s chill, and he couldn’t be more thrilled.
“There’s so much potential in this job and I’m excited about it!”