(June 15, 2018) A mentor is a valuable asset for an aspiring sportscaster. Marshall Kramsky has several. Their wisdom has helped him land a position as sports anchor/reporter at KOSA-TV (CBS 7) in Odessa, TX.
“I will be covering and hosting a show about top high school football and anchoring the weekend sports segments on the news,” Kramsky says excitedly. “I will also be covering all of Texas Tech’s sports.”
As a student at New York University, Kramsky covered men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball, wrestling, and soccer. He also cultivated several valuable relationships. “My greatest experience and advice come from shadowing Kenny Albert in the booth for playoff Olympic hockey and seeing the importance of loving what you do.”
CBS2 Iowa Sports Anchor/Reporter and fellow Northeasterner Mia O’Brien is another mentor. “Mia showed me no matter what situation work presents, always do it with a smile on your face and vent with your people later,” Kramsky grins.
Two additional key people have provided guidance to Kramsky. “I’ve spent hours talking to national and local sportscasting great Arda Ocal, who is always telling me to go with my gut and follow whatever path life presents you. Most importantly, Upstate New York sportscasting legend [and fellow STAA member] Andy Malnoske has taught me to believe in myself and to work harder than every other person.”
Since Kramsky has wanted to be a sportscaster since he was five, moving from New Jersey to the wide-open plains of West Texas is no big deal. “I knew from a young age that I would take any road, anywhere, to help me reach my dreams.
“I was born and raised in New Jersey, spent four years living in the greatest city in the world while attending NYU, lived in Madrid for five months while studying abroad, and South Korea for two months while helping NBC cover the Olympics. Through these experiences I have learned that life begins once you exit your comfort zone.”
Kramsky feels zero trepidation about the dramatic change. “I am excited,” he smiles. “Dozens of locals from Odessa/Midland have already reached out to me on social media. CBS 7 has made me feel welcomed. I cannot wait to hit the grind. I’ll miss my family and friends, but they are the greatest people in the world and I know I will be getting FaceTimes from my family and friends at all hours of the day (big shout to my boys!)
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