(June 9, 2017) Making a simple phone call paid great dividends for STAA member Joe Mixie. As a result of that call, Mixie has been hired to do media relations and play-by-play for Jacksonville University.
Mixie will serve as the primary media contact and call play-by-play for several of Jacksonville’s NCAA Division I sports, including ESPN3 broadcasts.
“This position is very unique, because it will allow me to be performing the actions of an SID and a collegiate broadcaster, two positions that usually work side-by-side in the press box,” says Mixie.
The opportunity is technically an internship though Mixie will be paid for his work.
Mixie applied immediately upon learning of the position through STAA. After submitting his application, he did something he’d never done before. One week after applying, he followed-up with a phone call.
“This is something that I did not do prior to joining to STAA and that, frankly, I had no interest in doing. During my interview, I was told that I was given a phone interview more on the basis that I called after I applied than from my resume, and that I was the only one out of ‘around 100’ to make a follow-up call.”
Mixie is a 2017 graduate of Liberty University, where he gained experience in radio play-by-play and TV anchoring. He spent last summer as a broadcasting intern for minor league baseball’s Bridgeport BlueFish. Mixie has been an STAA member since January.
“By learning from STAA’s Insider newsletters, watching Member Makeovers, looking at other sportscasters’ work and utilizing other resources that STAA provides, I was able to put together a clear and effective presentation of myself to employers, and begin competing for positions I was applying for.
“Above all, being told that something I had done because of STAA (the follow-up call) was one of the main reasons I stuck out from the crowd proves again that STAA is worth the investment.
“I could not be more grateful, and look forward to the next job I can get through STAA.”