(January 21, 2013) For ambitious collegiate sports broadcasters, summer break is ideal for fortifying a resume with internship experience. That’s what STAA client Brandon Kinnard did last summer. This summer, Kinnard will be returning to the scene of his internship with a new job title. Kinnard has accepted a position as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations with the Green Bay Bullfrogs.
Kinnard spent last summer interning for Bullfrogs. Now, he is excited to tackle new experiences in a familiar place. “I’m looking forward to putting more energy into the non-broadcasting aspects of the job, but also I’m looking forward to returning to my hometown of Green Bay. It’s a city with such a rich sports history, full of people who are hungry for more. I’m very privileged to have the opportunity to enrich a team in Green Bay, and to once again work in a league as established as the Northwoods League.”
Once the 2013 Northwoods League season concludes, Kinnard will return to the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh to complete his bachelor’s degree. Kinnard has worked hard to gain play-by-play experience early in his college career. He has broadcast high school basketball for the Door County Daily News and has experience calling all of the major sports at UW Oshkosh.
While the focus in the past may have been on play-by-play reps, Kinnard plans to use the coming summer to round out his off-the-mic skill set.
“As the director of media relations, I will have more freedom to make decisions and be creative. After working in the Northwoods League last summer and reading some job descriptions by way of STAA, I realize that it’s not just about the broadcasting, and how important media relations is to a club like this,” Kinnard explains.
“I will also be assisting with ticket and ad sales in the front office. With minimal sales experience, this will be more of a learning experience for me, but I’m excited about the opportunity. I developed a good relation with the Director of Sales, Shannon Krein, last summer, and I’m excited to work more closely with her and that department.”
Despite earning his new job entirely through his own efforts, Kinnard still recognizes the benefits of having STAA’s services at his fingertips.
“Though I didn’t get my job from an STAA notification, STAA’s services have been extremely valuable to me throughout this process. Being able to look at a high number of job descriptions, go through an application process, and interact with fellow sportscasters via STAA has been a valuable experience and extremely beneficial for my career.
I’m excited to continue to take advantage of STAA’s services as I continue my journey. But for now, both eyes are on Green Bay.”
(Visit Brandon’s STAA Talent Page).