Schmidt’s KODE-TV job exceeds expectations


(July 14, 2017) Ethan Schmidt’s search for his next sports broadcasting job has been more successful than he hoped. Schmidt, an STAA member, has been named Sports Director at KODE-TV in Joplin, MS.

“I spent several months trying to find a spot as either a sports reporter or, best case scenario, a sports anchor. I finally got the call from Joplin and it sounded like the right place for me to be.”

Schmidt is excited for the opportunity to take the reigns.

“I will be the Sports Director, so I have moved from being a weekend sports anchor who gets told when and where to go to being the one calling the shots.”

For Schmidt, the key to success is casting a wide net.

“I never stopped applying to open positions. If I felt that I had the proper experience then I would apply. I didn’t really look at location either. This career will take you to different places that you may never thought you would be at.”

One thing that helped Schmidt stay persistent in his applications was his STAA membership.

“I am very thankful for the tips that I receive from STAA, and also the fact that all of these job openings are compiled in one spot.”