Brandon Monty has spent two of the past three summers broadcasting baseball. His long-term goal, though, has been to call various sports as a full-time radio station employee.
An STAA member, Monty is joining Alpha Media in Moberly, MO as an On-Air Announcer and Play-by-Play Broadcaster. He learned of the opportunity through STAA.
“It will allow me to be versatile and improve my skills at several different jobs in radio, including play-by-play, hosting, interviewing, and gathering news,” Monty says.
Monty is spending this summer in Washington broadcasting baseball for the Walla Walla Sweets. He’ll move to Moberly at season’s end.
“I’ve always loved the game of baseball since I was a little kid,” Monty recalls. “I’ve also always loved radio and wanted to find a full-time position at a station. I wanted to find a place to settle in for a bit where I can be there year-round and call different sports.”
Always say yes
One key for Monty in building his sportscasting career has been always saying yes to opportunities. “The one thing I was told repeatedly throughout college was that you should try to expand your abilities and learn as much as you can. The last few years have provided me the opportunity to do just that.”
Customizing his cover letter to Alpha Media also helped Monty earn the job. “Find something unique or interesting about the job that you can put in your cover letter,” he suggests. “Letting the employer know that you did the research on the position goes a long way.”
Help from his friends
Monty joined STAA in 2020 upon the recommendation of his Ohio University classmates and fellow STAA members Gabe Genovesi and Jake Hromada. “When I transferred to Ohio U my junior year, I knew little to nothing about the true nature of the business and what it was about,” Monty recalls. “With the help of all my talented colleagues at OU and through my membership at STAA, I have made great strides as a sportscaster, both ability-wise and job market-wise.”
Now Monty is taking what he’s learned to Alpha Media.
“I’m extremely grateful to be welcomed into an organization and stations that will allow me to improve in different areas in sportscasting while learning from the talented veterans that are already on the staff.”