Matt McClure used to record mock pregame shows into a cell phone with his dad and brother on their way to sporting events. “That’s when I knew I wanted to make a career out of this field,” he grins.
Now McClure is going to be broadcasting for real. An STAA member, McClure is joining B103 in Sisseton, SD. He learned of the opportunity in an STAA Job Leads email. “I will have plenty of on-air opportunities as I will be hosting a radio morning show from 6am-11am and will be doing play by play for high school sports around the area, McClure says.
“Ever since I was kid I wanted to be on the radio,” he smiles.
Setting the foundation
McClure started formally preparing for a broadcasting career upon enrolling at Penn State University. He hosted countless podcasts and radio shows on PSU’s CommRadio before graduating last spring.
McClure spent the summers of 2019 and 2020 calling baseball in the Florida Collegiate Summer League. The experience boosted his confidence. ” Being able to do close to 100 baseball games helped me become more comfortable,” he says.
An enthusiastic approach and willingness to learn helped him land the job. “I expressed my passion and desire for this position and kept at it until finding out the end result,” McClure recalls.
McClure joined STAA last October upon the recommendation of his guidance counselor at Penn State. “Ultimately, I joined STAA because of the community and the passion for broadcasting from its members,” he says. “Every STAA member is hungry to get better and that’s what I love the most about it. Members can relate to one another because they are pursuing the same kinds of things as other members are and the constant support has been fantastic.”
Now when McClure’s dad and brother want to hear Matt broadcast, they can tune him in on the radio.
“I will learn a lot about the ins and outs on radio here at B103 and I can’t wait to get started!”