(October 18, 2013) After much patience and persistence, Elliot Nathan’s time has finally arrived. An STAA client, Nathan has accepted a Sports Reporter/Anchor position at KELO-TV in Sioux Falls, SD.
“It is great family and direction, so there is opportunity to learn a ton,” Nathan enthuses.
“Also, I will being covering a number of local, regional, and national sports teams, while getting the opportunity to be on-air and strengthen my presence (they have D-League, USHL, IFL, etc.). I will also be hosting a weekly show called ‘SportsZone’ breaking down the weeks HS sports activity.
“Sioux Falls is also a top 120 market, so there will be a ton of exposure. Overall, I think it will be a perfect fit.”
The KELO job is the ideal reward to a search that Nathan has been conducting for years.
“I had applied to probably 50 plus TV jobs in the last three years, and had two interviews. I knew KELO was a first case organization and I wasn’t going to let this one go. I drove to Sioux Falls for an interview, and the rest is history,” Nathan smiles.
“I’ve been grinding for this opportunity for three years, and can finally say the hard work has paid off. From my time at MLB.com to on-air morning DJ in small market radio, I would give the advice to follow your true passion, and do whatever is necessary to get there.”
Nathan wants to remind fellow sportscasters that persistence is the key to any job hunt.
“Timing is everything in this business. You may be qualified for a job, have a great interview, and not get the job. That’s not a reflection on you, just that the timing wasn’t right. Never give up on your goals.”
After graduating from the University of Oregon in 2011, Nathan’s pursuit of a sportscasting career took him to New York, then Montana. Happily, this new opportunity places him much closer to his roots.
“It also is relatively close to home for me, being just under four hours from Minneapolis. I will have family close, and at KELO we will still cover major market sports and events (Twins, Viks, Wolves etc.).”
With a mountain of rejected applications behind him, Nathan is anxious to dig in to his new responsibilities.
“I can’t say enough of what a classy organization KELO is, and I’m excited to be part of the family. Also, thanks to STAA for being so supportive and helpful throughout the entire process. From job postings to personal advice, it is a great platform to use.”
(Visit Elliot’s STAA Talent Page).